Why Wax Skis And Which Wax Should I Use?


First, we briefly explain why waxing skis and snowboards is important. In order to achieve a smooth skiing feeling and a certain speed when skiing, the friction between ski and snow should be as low as possible. For this reason, the ski must be water-repellent. The wax helps and improves the gliding properties of the skis. This is the main reason why a ski or snowboard should be waxed.
The choice of wax depends primarily on the air temperature. The nature of the snow is also an important indicator. The surface of the ski or snowboard plays a subordinate role in the choice of wax.

What types of ski wax are there?

A distinction is made between two types of wax - hot wax and cold wax. The difference lies in the processing. Hot wax is applied at high temperatures by heating it with an iron, whereas cold wax is applied without auxiliaries. Both types of wax are available with or without fluorine. Fluor waxes are more hydrophobic than comparable waxes - they therefore glide better.

Hot wax:
This type of wax is mainly offered in block form in different sizes. Meanwhile, the wax is also available in many colours on the market. However, these vary depending on the manufacturer, so the colours of the waxes must not be relied on to indicate the different temperature ranges.
Equipment: For the processing of hot wax one needs a holder to clamp the ski, as well as a wax iron (we recommend not to use a household iron), a scraper as well as different brushes.
The advantage: is the stability. By heating the wax it permeates deep into the surface and lasts 2-3 days.
The disadvantage: expensive, because some equipment is needed. The expenditure of time is large.

Cold wax:
Here the selection of different variations is larger. There is block wax, cream wax and liquid wax. Cold waxes are also available with or without fluorine. Cold waxes are very easy to apply and especially recommended for a short refreshment on holiday.
Equipment: All cold waxes can be applied without auxiliary means or only with a cloth.
The advantage: is the flexibility, because waxing of the skis and boards is possible at every opportunity, at every place and without previous knowledge and equipment. The expenditure of time is very small.
The disadvantage: lies in the stability. Due to the lack of heating of the ski wax, the durability is naturally limited to a maximum of one day.  



Liquid wax: belongs to the category of cold waxes. Here the wax is liquefied with the help of a solvent which evaporates again after being applied to the ski surface. On the bottles there is an integrated sponge head with which the wax is applied.
Cream wax: Also belongs to the category of cold waxes. Much less solvent is contained here. It is totally easy to use. Simply apply and rub with a cloth (can also be a paper handkerchief) - just like cleaning shoes. Our secret favourite!