NewsSwix: Updated Birkie Wax Recommendation

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 24, 2011

FORECAST

Today- Mostly Sunny throughout the day with a forecasted high of 25ºF.

Tonight- Mostly Cloudy with a low of 4ºF.  Calm wind.

Friday Feb. 25th- Mostly Cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers.  Forecasted high of 14ºF.  North wind of 5 mph.

Friday Night- Mostly Cloudy with a 20% of snow showers.  Forecasted low of -4ºF.  Calm wind.

Saturday Feb. 26th- Mostly Cloudy with 20% of snow showers.  Forecasted high of 16ºF.  Southwest wind of 5 mph

COURSE CONDITIONS-UPDATED

The track has a hard base with 2 inches of fresh snow on top.  The snow is relatively clean, given the freeze/thaw cycle of last week and the track will consist of mostly fresh snow crystals (type 2 in the Swix Classification System).  Because of this, the 6 and 7 waxes in the Swix Cera Nova Wax System are running very fast.

UPDATED WAX RECOMMENDATION

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves Elite & 1-5

Base HF wax layers:

Apply one layer of NEW Swix Marathon Wax- DHF104BW.  The Marathon Wax is a highly durable wax for aggressive snow crystals and has a High Flouro content and BW additive to resist dirt.  Iron at 140ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using first the Swix Fine Steel Brush- T0192 then the Swix Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T0191.  Using both brushes properly removes all excess wax and reveals ski base structure.  Polish with Swix Blue Nylon Brush- T0160.

Apply one layer of Swix HF6.  Iron at 140ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method.

Race Cera F layer:

Apply Swix FC7 Cera F Powder.  Iron in with one pass (5-7 seconds) with iron temperature at 160ºC.  Let cool 3-5 minutes, then brush up the ironed in powder using Swix Black Nylon Brush- T0194.  Iron a second time using the same process.  Let cool 5 minutes.  Brush out with Swix Wild Boar Brush- T0164 and polish with Swix Blue Nylon Brush.

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves 6-10

Base HF wax layers:

Apply one layer of NEW Swix Marathon Wax- DHF104BW.  The Marathon Wax is a highly durable wax for aggressive snow crystals and has a high Flour content and BW additive to resist dirt.  Iron at 140ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using first the Fine Steel Brush- T0192 then the Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T0191.  Using both brushes properly removes all excess wax and reveals ski base structure.  Polish with Swix Blue Nylon Brush- T0160.

Apply one layer of Swix HF7.  Iron at 135ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method.

Race Cera F layer:

Apply Swix FC78 Super Cera F Powder.  Iron in with one pass (5-7 seconds) with iron temperature at 165ºC.  Let cool 3-5 minutes, then brush up ironed in powder using Black Nylon Brush- T0194.  Iron a second time using the same process.  Let cool 5 minutes.  Brush out with Wild Boar Brush- T0164 and polish with Blue Nylon Brush.

PERFORMANCE PRO  Waves 1-5

Base HF wax layers:

Apply two layers of Swix HF6.  Iron each layer at 140ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using the Fine Steel Brush- T0192 first, then the Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T0191 second.  Polish with the Blue Nylon- T0160.

Race Cera F layer:

Apply Swix FC7WS Turbo Solid Block.  Rub on one thick layer and iron in at a temperature of 160ºC with one quick pass tip to tail.  Let cool 5 minutes and brush out with Wild Boar Brush- T0164, then polish with Blue Nylon.  Run on a second layer and hand cork in with Swix Natural Cork- T0020 or T0021.  Brush out with Wild Boar then polish with Blue Nylon.

PERFORMANCE PRO  Waves 6-10

Base HF wax layers:

Apply two layers of Swix HF7.  Iron each layer at 130ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using the Fine Steel Brush- T0192 first, then the Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T0191 second.  Polish with the Blue Nylon- T0160.

Race Cera F layer:

Apply Swix FC7WS Turbo Solid Block.  Rub on one thick layer and iron in at a temperature of 160ºC with one quick pass tip to tail.  Let cool 5 minutes and brush out with Wild Boar Brush- T0164, then polish with Blue Nylon.  Run on a second layer and hand cork in with Swix Natural Cork- T0020 or T0021.  Brush out with Wild Boar then polish with Blue Nylon.

PERFORMANCE  Waves 1-5

Base LF wax layer:

Apply one layer of Swix LF4.  Iron at 150ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using the Swix Fine Steel Brush- T0192.  Polish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T0160.

Race HF wax layers:

Apply two layers of Swix HF7.  Iron at 130ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using the Fine Steel Brush, then polish with the Blue Nylon.  Repeat the process.

PERFORMANCE  Waves 6-10

Base LF wax layer:

Apply one layer of Swix LF6.  Iron at 140ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using Swix Fine Steel Brush- T0192.  Polish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T0160.

Race HF wax layers:

Apply two layers of Swix HF7.  Iron at 130ºC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush throughly using Swix Fine Steel Brush- T0192.  Polish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T0160.  Repeat the process.

Kick Wax will be Updated Thursday Night

As the race is still 4 days away, it is difficult to predict the exact kick wax for the Birkie.  There are two main options that are possible based on the developing weather: hardwax binder and hardwax race kick wax or klister binder and hardwax race kick wax.  See the details below for the recommended waxes on both options.  Swix will be at the Expo for waxing advice, tips and clinics.

KICK ZONE PREPARATION

Remove old kick wax with a kick wax scraper and clean the kick zone with Swix Wax Remover and Swix Fiberlene.  Let the base dry.  Use 80 or 100 grid sandpaper and texture the kick zone by sanding the zone in a manner parallel to the groove in the ski base.  The Swix T0011 Cork and Sandpaper combi tool is ideal for this process.  A typical adult kick zone is 65-75cm from the back of heel forward.  A typical adult klister zone is 60-65cm from the front of the heel forward.

BASE KICK WAX-Hardwax binder (if the surface is mainly fresh snow)

Apply one (1) solid and even layer of Swix VG35 Base Wax.  Iron in at 110ºC.  The binder should have a smooth and even consistency after ironing.  Smooth out any lumps with a thumb or cork.  Make sure that the binder layer in the front and the back of the kick zone makes a smooth and gradual transition with the glide zone.  Let cool 5-10 minutes outdoors.  Apply one (1) layer of Swix V40 Blue Extra.  Cork smooth.

BASE KICK WAX–  Klister binder (if no new snow is present)

Apply one (1) thin, even layer of Swix KB020 Base Klister Spray.  Smooth even with a thumb or cork.  Let cool 5-10 minutes outdoors.  Apply one (1) thin, even layer of KR35 Violet Special Klister.  Use an iron set at 110ºC to smooth even.  Let cool 5-10 minutes outdoors.  The klister layer should be hard and leave a finger print when touched.  Apply two (2) thin layers of Swix VR30.  Cork very smooth and be gentle when corking.  It is best to cork the hardwax layers outdoors, to keep the wax from becoming too warm.  For Waves 6-10, use VR40.  These skis are ready to race on!

RACE KICK WAX- For Hardwax Binder

Waves Elite & 1-5:  Apply 5-7 thin layers of Swix VR30.  Cork smooth.  If added kick is needed, add one layer of VR40 underneath the foot to 15cm in front of the binding.  It is recommended to cork outdoors to keep the wax cold.

Waves 6-10:  Apply 5-7 thin layers of Swix VR40.  Cork smooth.  If added grip is needed, add one layer of VR45 underneath the foot to 15cm in front of the binding.  It is recommended to cork outdoors.

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