NewsSwix: Updated American Birkebeiner Wax Recommendations

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 23, 2012

Date of Report Thursday FEB. 23rd 2012.  Testing at 00 by Swix Sport Race Service Director Chris Hall & Eivind Opsahl Swix Norway Wax Product Manager.

Forecast

Thursday Feb. 23rd: Cloudy throughout the day with a chance of snow. Forecasted High near 34°F. Thursday Night: Mostly Cloudy with a slight chance of snow. Forecasted Low around 18oF. Friday Feb. 24th: Mostly Cloudy with a forecasted High of near 28oF. Friday Night: Mostly Cloudy with a forecasted Low around 12oF.

Saturday Feb. 25th: Mostly Cloudy with a forecasted High near 28oF.

Course Conditions

The track should be firm and compact. Snow crystals will be primarily new due to the latest snow fall, (type 2 in the Swix Classification System) mixed with some older snow. Due to the minimal snow depth there will be very limited tilling and mixing of old with new snow. we are primarly waxing for new clean snow conditions.

WAXING CONSIDERATIONS

1. Base Preparation

We recommend using Swix Cleaner for Flour Glide Wax and Conditioner- I0084 to properly and thoroughly clean the base of any existing wax and foreign contaminates that may be present. Wipe the base with a piece of Fiberlene that has been soaked with I84 Cleaner. While the base is still wet, brush and scrub from tip to tail with a Swix Nylon White Brush- T161. Using a new, clean piece of Fiberlene, wipe the ski base clean and let dry for 5-7 minutes, then brush with the Swix Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T191. The very fine steel bristles of this brush thoroughly clean the base structure of the ski base and removes any remaining wax and dirt that may be present in the structure.

2. DURABILITY

Given the length of the race, it will be important to build strong and solid base layers into the ski base, prior to the HF and Cera F wax layers. The first step is to use Swix Moly Flouro Wax- MB77. Apply one layer of MB77, let cool then scrape and brush. Brush with the Fine Steel or Steel (T179) Brush, then polish with the Swix Blue Nylon Brush- T160. Next, apply one layer of Swix Marathon Wax- DHF104BW, scrape and brush, using the same method as the MB-77.

3. SKI SELECTION & STRUCTURE

Expect the racetrack and snow to be firm. Use a medium to stiff flex ski that will be stable in hard pack snow conditions. Medium fine base structures will work well. Additional hand structure is recommended due to the snow crystal type. Use the Swix T0423 Economy Struc- ture tool with the 0.5mm Broken-V structure roller to add structure. Apply the 0.03mm Broken-V structure roller or the 0.5mm after final waxing and brush with Swix Blue Nylon Brush- T160

GLIDE WAX APPLICATION

Note that we have (3) levels of glide wax choice based on your wave position and how you classify yourself.

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves Elite & 1-5

Base HF wax layers: Apply two layers 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 165oC. Let cool 3-5 minutes, then brush up the ironed in powder using Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194: Iron a second time using the same process. Let cool 5 minutes. Brush out with Swix Wild Boar Brush- T164 and polish with Swix Blue Nylon Brush.

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves 6-10

Base HF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix HF7: Iron at 135oC, 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 165oC. Let cool 3-5 minutes, then brush up ironed in powder using Black Nylon Brush- T194: Iron a second time using the same process. Let cool 5 minutes. Brush out with Wild Boar Brush- T164 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 150oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Steel Brush- T179 first, then the Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T191 second. Polish with the Blue Nylon- T160.

Race Cera F layer:

Apply Swix FC7 Cera F powder: Iron in with one pass (5-7 seconds) with iron temperature at 160°C. Let cool 3-5 minutes, then brush up ironed in powder using Black Nylon Brush- T194: Iron a second time using the same process. Let cool 5 minutes. Brush out with Wild Boar Brush- T164 and polish with Blue Nylon Brush. 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- T164, then polish with Blue Nylon.

PERFORMANCE PRO: Waves 6-10

Base HF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix HF7. Iron each layer at 135oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Steel Brush- T179 first, then the Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T191 second. Polish with the Blue Nylon- T160.

Race Cera F layer: Apply Swix FC8XWS Turbo Solid Block. Rub on one thick layer and iron in at a temperature of 150oC 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. Or, use the Swix Roto Fleece T0018F and roto-fleece the second layer of FC8XWS Turbo Block. Brush out with Wild Boar then polish with Blue Nylon.

PERFORMANCE: Waves 1-5

Base LF wax layer: Apply one layer of Swix LF6. Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Swix Steel Brush- T179. Pol- ish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T160.

Race HF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix HF6. Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Steel Brush, then polish with the Blue Nylon. Repeat the process.

PERFORMANCE: Waves 6-10

Base LF wax layer: Apply one layer of Swix LF7. Iron at 135oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using Swix Steel Brush- T179. Polish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T160.

Race HF wax layers:

Apply two layers of Swix HF7. Iron at 135oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using Swix Steel Brush- T179. Polish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T160. Repeat the process.

KICK WAX APPLICATION Based on exstensive testing thursday morning at 00, a strong and tough hardwax binder layer will be requried.

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 Sand paper combi tool is ideal for this process. A typical adult kick zone is 65-75cm from the back of heel forward.

BASE KICK WAX: Hardwax binder Apply one (medium thickness) layer of VG30 or VG35 smooth even with a thumb or cork. Let cool 5-10 minutes outdoors.

RACE KICK WAX: Waves Elite & 1-5: Apply 3-5 thin layers of Swix VR40. Cork smooth. If added kick is needed, add one layer of VR45 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 3-5 thin layers of Swix VR45. Cork smooth. If added grip is needed, add one layer of VR50 underneath the foot to 15cm in front of the binding. It is recommended to cork outdoors.

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