Ski Wax Selection

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General

Selecting the right "wax of the day" for grip, glide or both is key to having a great skiing day. Whether your day is a relaxing ski in the snowy woods or racing hard on a trail, the wax matters.

Ideally before selecting the wax you will know the air temperature, snow temperature, humidity, snow condition, etc. A small pocket thermometer can help you. Any thermometer on the wall of a building will likely be reading above what the real temperature is. So remember it's easier to put a colder wax on first and then move to a warmer wax than it is the other way around.

Listed below we have wax selection guides for Ski*go ski waxes. Additionally you can use the interactive (web based) wax selection tools.

Helpful Hints

The guides below from the wax companies are good guidelines for selecting a wax. They have invested a lot of time and effort in these guides because they want you to be statisfied. However, conditions do not always match the guides perfectly. You may need to adjust your selection based on actually using the wax.

If you find you need to adjust your wax selection from the guides here are some hints to help you move in the right direction:

Interactive Wax Selection Guides

From SkiWax.ca try using the Interactive Grip/Kick Wax Selector and Interactive Glide Wax Selector. Based on manufacturer information and some trail testing. We're working at refining this tool so if you have any suggestions please let us know!

Ski*go Glide Wax Guide

This is the racing guide selection.

Ski*go Glide Guide

Ski*go Kick Wax Guide

This is the racing guide selection.

Kick Wax Recipe Table (Racing)
Temperature
New Snow
Coarse Snow / Ice
+10°C
+50°F
Violet Klister as a base (ironed) + Orange Klister.
(Alt: Racing Plus Klister)
Violet Klister as a base (ironed) + Orange Klister mixed with a little Silver Klister.
(Alt: Racing Plus Klister)
+5°C
+41°F
See above Violet Klister as a base (ironed) + Orange Klister mixed with Silver Klister. (Alt: Racing Plus Klister)
+2°C
+36°F
HF Yellow (+5..-1°C)
Violet Klister as a base (thin) + Universal Klister (Alternate: XC Orange)
Violet Klister as a base + Red Klister.
(Alt: XC Orange)
(Alt: HF Yellow +5..-1°C)
+0°C
+32°F
XC Blue ironed as a base + LF Orange (XC Orange in pocket) Violet Klister as base (thin) + HF Red +1..-3°C
(Alt: Universal Klister)
-1°C
+30°F
XC Blue ironed as a base (thin) + LF Violet or XC Red Blue Klister as a base (thin) + HF Blue -1..-20°C (possibly mixed with HF Red +1..-3°)
-2°C
+28°F
See above Blue Klister as a base (thin) + HF Blue -1..-20°C
-3°C
+26°F
XC Blue ironed as a base + HF Violet -2..-15°C (alt: HF Red mixed with XC Blue) Basewax ironed as a base + HF Blue -1..-20°C
-5°C
+23°F
XC Blue ironed as a base (thin) + HF Violet -2..-15°C
(alt: XC Violet)
Basewax ironed as a base + HF Blue -1..-20°C (alt: XC Blue)
-8°C
+18°F
XC Blue ironed as a base (thin) + HF Violet -2..-15°C) See above
-12°C
+10°F
XC Blue ironed as a base (thin) + HF Violet -2..-15°C
(alt: XC Green)
Basewax ironed as a base + HF Blue -1/-20
-15°C
+15°F
XC Green Basewax ironed as a base + XC Green
(alt: HF Blue -1..-20°C especially at high humidity)

NOTE: When you use kick wax in the tin always apply in thin layers (4-6). Sooner several thin layers than one thick layer! Thin layers will apply more easily and have better durability and grip. The base wax should be warmed into a roughened kick zone. For more information refer to www.ski-go.com about kick zone preparation. With dirty snow absolutely, always use LF & HF kickwaxes! Ski*go fluoronated kickwaxes (LF & HF) are dirt repelling and improve the glide.

Notes:

We're no longer posting the Vauhti and Toko wax tables here.



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