FasterSkier readers enjoyed and added a large number of past and present ski, wax and rollerski companies to our Test Your Cross Country Skiing Knowledge: Specials questions posted on July 28, 2005 http://www.fasterskier.com/news2408.html . Here is your chance to go down the memory lane and remember or see products and companies you loved, hated or have never heard about. Most of today’s companies are also included.
So put on your current favorite wax room tunes that you (or your parents) played way back then, and scroll down the list.
Oldies: Play those old Beatles, J.Geiles, The Who, Nazareth, Deep Purple, Birds, Twisted Sister, Stones, Clapton, Ramones or Blondie songs and join the journey from pine tar and wood, to Splitkana and fiberglass and p-tex, from kick wax to glide wax, from three-wheelers to two wheelers. Rock on
We are sure that some of you might be able to make the list even more complete Keep on adding and correcting miss-spelled or inaccurate companies!
And if anyone has photos of the real old-time gear, send them in! We'll post 'em here.
Bergen Torpedoes — anyone else heard about this one?
Estonia – added 8/24 renamed to VISU
Hexcel — anyone?
Karelia – added 8/24 – USSR
Lindex – added 8/24
Lyte — anyone?
Mantyranta? — can anyone from Finland confirm this one
Mukhachevo – added 8/24-USSR
Silva – added 8/24
Ski-trab (Tab?)- Anyone else heard about this one?
Sporten (Czech racing skis),
Temp – added 8/24 USSR
Uktus – added 8/24 USSR
On skis; John Engen: I could add that my home town of Lillestrm, Norway at one time had over 30 ski makers or factories. That’s something to be proud of. Keep these lists going, and we will have a history book in the making.
Bratlie (black..yellow klister) (Tim Kelly’s favorite New England wax)John Engen:Their best product was Bratlie Silke, for “silk” conditions, hardpack with fluffy tracking powder on top. They also had a phenomenal green klister, and tar-klister “tjereklister” for wet and icy conditions..
Fall Line (orange)
Haka – From Finland. Black HaKa for cold, sticky powder snow (1960-70's)
Haavaldsen’s Ski Smurning – >John Engen: From Eidsvold, close to my home in Norway. This brown resin-like cake sped up skis when nothing else would. Many great victories in high caliber ski competitions were aided by this â€œsecretâ€ without anyone knowing.
JackRabbit Wax – Canadian, added 8/24
Slick – added 8/24
Ã˜stbye Jon Engen: The brand saw the light of day after Peder Ã˜stbye’s racing success in the first part of the last century after discovering klister as we know it. The best known products throughout the mid-to later part of 1900 were the waxes Mix, Medium and Mixolin, which was a forerunner to klisterwax or even binder-wax as we know today. These waxes were extremely durable and had wider temperature ranges than just about anything we use today.
Dinamo – added 8/24 USSR
Excel – added 8/24
Road-Ski – added 8/24