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FasterSkier FasterSkierNovember 25, 2003

Make it simple and focus on three or four waxes for your training
needs. Add a few additional waxes for superb race skis.
  
 
Training Waxes

Three waxes that will give you great training skis in most conditions.
We recommend that you start using three waxes for you training needs
in most all snow and temperature conditions. Learn to use these
waxes, and then add 1-2 waxes for typical or extreme conditions
in your area. These three waxes are also a great start for your
race-wax kit:
 
SOLDA UF-7 Universal Low Fluor 60 gram – $16
SOLDA F-15 Blue Medium Fluor 60 gram – $25
SOLDA F-15 or F-31 High Fluor 60 gram — $25 or $40
– In color best suitable for your local condition
SOLDA PowerJet 1 Solid Fluorocarbon – $65
 
Number of glide wax layers needed for training: 1-2
Depending on how abrasive or dirty the snow is, you should only
need to wax for every 30 – 40 km you ski.  However, wax daily
if the conditions are changing.
 
The reason for the selection:
SOLDA UF-7 Universal (32-14 F)  
A great Low Fluor all-around training and race wax for low and medium
humidity. It works well in the morning when it’s cold and
is equally well in the afternoon when it has warmed up. It also
works well in high humidity and moist snow conditions (however not
as well as F-15 and F-31 waxes)
Wax your skis with two layers (heat in, cool off, scrape and brush)
of this wax before your first on-snow skiing or before departure
for your first on snow camp of the year.
 
Tips: Scrape and brush your skis before you leave for the camp if
you think it’s going to be hard to do this in the evening
or early in the morning before skiing. Always protect your skis
with ski straps.
A cheaper alternative to this wax is the line of SOLDA HC.1 Hydrocarbon
Training and Travel Waxes at $8.00 per 75 gram block
 
SOLDA F-15 Blue – Medium Fluor (14 – -4 F)
Apply one or two layers of F-15 Blue if the temperatures are dropping
below 14F.
UF-7 is a great base wax for F-15 Blue. This wax is a lifesaver
when it’s cold and dry.
Racing: We often use it as a race wax. Sometimes we apply S-30 on
top.
 
SOLDA PowerJet 1 — Solid Fluorocarbon ( Snow temp. 34 —
21 F)

We like fast training skis and is frequently using PowerJet 1 for
both training and racing
Anybody can now apply fluorocarbon like an expert wax technician,
and this wax can be used in both warmer and colder air temperatures
as long as the humidity in the air is medium to high or the snow
is moist.  It also works well in dirty snow.
Simply rub this wax on the ski base, heat it in with a hot iron
(medium high heat) or cork it on the dry ski-bases, then finally
brush. It takes less than 5 minutes to have super skis.  This
little block of wax is also incredibly economical. You get 40-50
applications per block, making each fluorocarbon application costing
less than $1.50.
This is a great way for anyone from recreational skiers to experts
to have the fastest skis possible. Try it out — it’s
worth your investment.
 
Additional F-15 or F-31waxes for your local conditions:
You can add a few waxes to these three waxes depending on altitude,
general humidity, snow type and average temperatures at your local
ski area.
For coastal areas or areas with mostly warmer snow and generally
higher humidity we suggest considering F-15 or F-31 Yellow, Pink,Orange
and Violet.
For low and medium humidity areas consider F-15 Pink,Orange and
Violet. Here in Utah we typically add F-15 or F-31 Orange and Violet.

 
Racing waxes

SOLDA has a number of great and unique race waxes for a lot lower
cost than any competing brands. We race and wax skis every weekend
and is convinced that SOLDA is as fast as and often faster than
the competition. It makes sense to have the fastest skis at the
lowest cost. In addition to the waxes we mention above, we would
also ask you to read about the following waxes on www.torbjornsport.com
to see if they work in conditions you would be racing in. This is
what you should look up:
 
HPO5 in Powder or Spray

A unique and great Fluorocarbon. We never go to a race without this
wax.

Warm Fluoro Powder
100% Fluorocarbon makes this wax superb in warm temperatures
and high humidity (over 60%).

PowerJet 2 and 4
Fluorocarbons especially formulated for colder (PowerJet 2) or dryer
(PowerJet 4) conditions

S-30
A must for very cold snow conditions
  
Dirty or dry bases
If your ski bases are dirty, clean them first with wax remover and
then apply one layer of basic “cleaning wax or travel wax”,
for example SOLDA HC.1.  Scrape while the wax is still warm
and then brush. Add one more layer of HC.1 if your bases appear
dry. Spend a little more time (2-4 minutes per ski) ironing in this
second layer. Move the iron slowly from tip to tail. Let the ski
cool before scraping and brushing. Then apply one layer of today’s
training wax.
Dry bases can also be treated and waxed with SOLDA HC 28 Hydrocarbon
or HC27 Fluor Carbon. We typically prepare them with HC28 when we
expect to be skiing on cold and dry snow.  We prepare the bases
with HC27 if we expect moist or humid conditions.
 For more information: www.TorbjornSport.com


While you’re online, check out our best waxing tool of all:
The interactive WAX MAESTRO! 
You give the Meastro the
snow conditions; he gives you the fastest wax combination. Simple! 
You’ll have the fastest skis at the lowest price!
 

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