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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...

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There’s truth in jest as the saying goes. While FasterSkier’s April 1 piece made light of the issues, it hit home in some unexpected places. During one of FasterSkier’s conversations with the Environmental Protection Agency to examine why it had begun investigating the importation and sale of perfluorinated waxes, the EPA’s representatives cited the April 1 piece to question why FasterSkier had begun reporting on the issue. Whether readers appreciated the humor or not, the...

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Editor’s note: It’s here! For the second-straight year, we’re presenting another 12-day holiday gift guide, brought to you by the one and only “FBD”, our gear-review guru. Kicking the series off, recommendations for recovery gifts to keep you and your ski buddies on the trails and injury free. *** Day 2: Training Clothing  OK, we got after it pretty hard yesterday, so we’re going to take a piece of our own advice a chill a bit today....

(Complete e-blast) Testing and Choosing Race Skis at the Boulder Mountain Tour 2017 On a typical day in the Wood River Valley, you can pretty much bet on sunny days, cold nights, firm new snow and amazing grooming. But so far, this hasn’t been a typical year in Ketchum. Last week it didn’t seem to stop snowing, with about 20 inches accumulating on Friday and Saturday, it made for some interesting ski testing, and racing!...

(Original e-blast) Boulder Mountain Tour Wax Reports BMT Co-Ed Team Sprint In our underlayer test we found LF Red to be the best. We ran a HF Blue/Red mix with Red JetStream 2.0 powder covered with Red JetStream 2.0 block. BMT We spent the week before the race testing in an inch or two of fresh snow and our ski results were consistent with the published Toko tip of using a slightly stiffer ski with...

(Original e-blast) How to prepare new or freshly stoneground Nordic or Alpine skis and snowboards This time of year many people have either new equipment or have just stoneground their skis or snowboards from last year. Here is how to get those bases running fast. 1. Wipe the bases down, brush them out well with a copper or steel brush, and wipe the bases down again. New ski bases can be dirty and also post...

(Original e-blast) How to have fast skis ALL THE TIME and in EVERY CONDITION I love my job. The contact that I have with people in the ski community is pretty much always positive and enjoyable. We have great waxes and other products so of course generally interaction, feedback, and my motivation are very positive. However sometimes at events or otherwise, I have people approaching me trying to get me to guarantee super fast skis...

(e-blast) West Yellowstone SuperTour Report Great to have cold fresh snow in West Yellowstone. We had all of our skis zeroed with Toko NF Blue so that we could pick the best ski for the day. We also had our matched test fleet to test wax each day. HF Red/Blue 1:1 mix won our paraffin test on Friday and we ran on it all weekend. Toko Blue 2.0 powder won the powder test on Friday....

(e-Blast) Introducing an inexpensive workbench with good options – for Alpine, Snowboard, or Nordic Toko Workbench Small   The Toko Workbench Small is a multifunctional lightweight stable wax table with 4 non slip rubber feet.  Its height is adjustable between 87cm, 85cm, or 75cm to accommodate waxers of all ages and heights.  The work area (surface) is 120cm x 35cm and it weighs 11kg.  MSRP just $164.   For Alpine waxing and tuning, there are 3 good...

(E-blast) Why Toko Waxes?  How Toko is different 1.        Innovation.  There is a long list of Toko innovations such as the first fluorinated glide wax, first pure fluoro in block form, first to use Molybdenum which then everyone switched to (now we use something else: Diamond Like Carbon), first dedicated ski waxing iron, first “thermo bag”, first copper brush which is pretty universally recognized as the best general purpose brush out there, and many more. ...

(Press release/e-blast) USST Toko Athlete Sam Morse on What Makes a Champion At just 20 years old, Morse’s maturity separates him from his peers. And, he’s so very kind. He is one of the most genuine humans this planet has to offer. The future is bright for this one, so make sure to follow him as he moves up the ranks on the Team. We asked Morse our three questions on what he believes makes...

  Introducing the Alaska Ski for Women, a fundraiser to help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children and also a really fun outing! Toko has supported this important event for the past 17 years. Alaska Ski for Women – an important event The colorful Alaska Ski for Women (ASFW) is North America’s largest women-only cross-country ski event. This is a great event where women of all ages and abilities come out...

SMS T2 US Nationals Wax Report Classic Individual Warming temps, glazing tracks, new snow. I went pretty simple on glide for the classic race, waxing with HF Blue cut with AX134 for the guys in the AM, and a mix of HF Blue, AX134 and HF yellow for the ladies who were racing second. The traffic from all of the competitors was releasing a pretty decent amount of moisture and I wanted to soften the...

Jennie Bender is just coming off a dominating performance at US Nationals.  She has had some bad luck the past few years with her health (Mononucleosis and back injuries) and it has been so inspiring to see her fight through it all with both patience and dogged determination.  Congratulations Jennie! Toko All Stars: Jennie Bender 1.  Who was your skiing role model when you were growing up and why? I looked up to each person...

Toko Glove All Stars: Ida Sargent 1.  Who was your skiing role model when you were growing up and why?   Chandra Crawford- I watched her win Olympic gold with the biggest smile on her face and it doesn’t get more inspiring than that! 2.  What skier inspires you currently and why? Kikkan Randall- she is a leader for our team and an incredible role model. Kikkan isn’t afraid to set big goals and believe...

Field Report from Momentum Northwest from the Canadian NorAms I just got back late Sunday from our first racing trip, to Silver Star for their NorAm. I brought six athletes up, all with some racing experience but they were definitely thrown in to the deep end of the pool given the immense number of Canadian juniors present, and the fact that these races represented qualifiers for upcoming junior trips and such. My guys were awed...

Toko Grip & Glide Wax: For No Wax Skis We get asked all of the time how treat no wax skis and more specifically often times how to prevent wax from clumping up in the kick zone in new falling snow around 32f.  The solution is simple: Toko Grip & Glide Wax.   Apply Grip & Glide Wax to the entire base of the ski – both the glide areas as well as the kick...

  (Press Release) Sun Valley SuperTour Field Reports – What the teams used in their own words: CL Sprint: For the CL sprint day I prepared a qualifier and round ski for each athlete. Temperatures were forecasted to get relatively cold and clear overnight and I figured we would at least be looking at some firm tracks in the morning and some sort of binder and hard wax for the qualifier before conditions soften and...

Supertour Field Reports – what the teams used in their own words: Skate Super Tour November 27-28, 2015 Conditions: Hard packed corduroy with sub zero Fahrenheit temperatures. Lows both nights exceeded -15 degrees F with low humidity. Sprint loop became a little sugary on the surface with many skiers on course, but maintained its firm base. Distance loop stayed hard packed on Sunday throughout the entire day. Temperature during the races was warming through the...

West Yellowstone Supertour Field Reports – what the teams used in their own words: The first Supertour races presented us with extremely cold temperatures and “new” snow that saw A LOT of skier traffic. This cold, dry and transformed snow did not respond well to powders most of the week so we decided to forgo that layer for the sprint. For paraffin layer we found the standard HF blue and cold powder 1:1 mix running...