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Keen on speed and the full complement of waxes to juice the skis? Then you’ve likely noticed the “full complement” has become markedly reduced in recent years when considering perfluorinated products. Further, PFOAs or C8 (eight chain) fluoro compounds were effectively banned in the EU as of July 4, and are no longer available for most uses in the U.S., including ski wax. Older waxes formulated with C8 are considered the most effective at repelling...

  FasterSkier respects a diversity of opinions when publishing letters to the editor. Feel free to email info@fasterskier.com with your op-ed piece.  I appreciate FasterSkier acknowledging the long-overdue PFAS wax problem (PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is a catch-all term for thousands of man-made compounds based on carbon-fluorine chemistry). Those who are unaware of the issues surrounding PFAS or did not read FasterSkier’s earlier article on the topic should know why the EPA has...

There’s no doubt the fluorinated wax landscape is changing. This week, TOKO USA sent out an email updating its inventory. Part of what caught our eyes was this: “JetStream and HelX will not be available this year or in the future”.  Those two products have been widely adopted on the race circuit. Both are highly fluorinated ski base finishing products.  The dust is still settling from the EPA’s push to regulate the ski wax industry....

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(Press release) NOW USING ENVIROMENTLY FRIENDLY FLUORINATED COMPOUND New this fall, Fast Wax fluorinated products have moved to the FW-02 environmental friendly fluoro additive. The FW-02 additive passes the regulatory reviews of the U.S. EPA and other environmental agencies around the world. It is not made with, nor does it degrade into, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) or PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and is not associated with ozone depletion. This new FW-02 additive has been extensively tested and...

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There have been three recent articles on langrenn.com addressing the issues of the health risks taken by wax technicians when using fluorinated wax. The first is about a report published by Norway’s national insitute of occupational health, titled “Chemical exposure and effects on the respiratory system among professional wax technicians“. The second is about comments made by the head of research and development at Swix wax, Lars Karlöf, in response to the study.  The third is about a ventilation specialist who has invented a...