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Klister: Fear Not! - Part 2

Posted by Tom Carlson on Feb 1st 2015

Part 2: Klister Application

Note: Applying klister is always easiest at room temperature!

Base Klister

  1. Start with a clean ski base.
  2. Tape off your klister pocket; the klister pocket is shorter than your hard wax pocket. 
  3. Sand klister pocket with 100 to 120 grit sandpaper to create surface area for the binder to adhere to.
  4. Apply klister binder in chevrons down the kick wax pocket. With spray binder, such as Swix Green Base Klister Spray KB20, spray klister evenly down the length of the pocket. Swix Green Base Klister Spray is one of our favorite products at Gear West.  We use it almost 100% of the time.
  5. Use a clean iron, set at 130°C or so, to iron the base klister and stretch the length of the klister pocket. This provides long lasting kick that is not easily removed. Provides for hundreds of kilometers of kick.
  6. Before the base klister cools too much, quickly use your thumb to smooth out the base klister.
  7. Allow the base klister to cool before adding any additional layers.
  8. Remove excess klister out of the groove with fiberlene and kick wax removal tool, as seen in the picture.

Remember, If you ironing in base klister from a tube, you should not use too much.  Thin to win.  Too much base klister will bring a host of diffuclties including slow skis and a goopy mess.  

Base Klister Spray

  1. Start with a clean ski base.
  2. Tape off your klister pocket; the klister pocket is shorter than your hard wax pocket. 
  3. Sand klister pocket with 100 to 120 grit sandpaper to create surface area for the binder to adhere to.
  4. Spray evenly down klister pocket on each side of the groove.  Not a quick dab spray, but apply at an even speed from tip to tail or the klister pocket.
  5. Smooth with thumb to remove any unevenness of the base klister.  Ironing in spray binder is not necessary, but you can do it, if you feel so inclined.  We generally don't for most applications. 
  6. Set skis outside to cool.  Once cooled, you can apply any other kick wax.  Be it klister or hardwax.  
  7. You can add a thin layer of Swix VG35 Base Binder over the spray klister and iron in.  This is a good and highly durable mix for hard wax in a long ski marathon.  

Base klister can be used as a base binder for hard wax as well. At Gear West, we commonly use the Swix Green Base Klister Spray for this application. Spray and iron in base klister just as you see above. You would utilize your hard wax pocket on your skis. Next, apply and cork in your kick wax of the day. This is really another blog article in itself. Keep your eyes open.

Another recommendation for applying klister base wax and hard wax base, use a dedicated wax iron for applying binders. The iron doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to warm up. Then, your dedicated glide wax iron doesn’t have to be constantly cleaned of kick wax and binder.

Klister Application

  1. Apply klister of the day down the length of the klister pocket in thin chevrons. Remember, THIN TO WIN! It is easier to add more klister than it is to remove too much klister. Well applied thin layers of klister will be faster. Practice makes perfect.
  2. Use your thumb, or if at room temp a synthetic cork to smooth and stretch the thin chevrons across the length of the kick pocket. Stretch the entire length. Your thumb works the best as it warms the klister to a very malleable temperature. If you are indoors, a synthetic cork works as well. DON’T USE NATURAL CORK! Natural cork will break apart and you’ll have cork mixed in with your klister.
  3. Repeat if you need an additional layer or additional racing top coat of klister.
  4. If applied correctly, after skiing a short bit, you’ll notice small dimples and inprints on the klister. This means the klister is working optimally and snow is penetrating the surface of the klister. However, this may be less visible with blue klister.
  5. When done applying klister, you can clear the groove of klister using a universal scraper. See picture below.

REMEMBER! Thin to win! When applying klister, use thin chevrons. After stretching the klister the length of the kick zone, you can assess if you need more klister. Most likely, you don’t! Goopy thick klister is insanely slow. Play with klister when you’re training, then when it comes to racing, you’ll have application mastered.

     

     

     

Mixing Klister

Mixing klister is quite easy. Alternate chevrons, with the two desired klisters, the length of the klister pocket. See picture. Mix klister by using your thumb or synthetic cork as in the Klister Application instructions. A common klister that you might want to mix in would be a klister with a silver additive (aluminum oxide). Start Universal Wide is a great silver additive klister that prevents icing up.

  

Covering Klister

Covering Klister with a hard wax will increase glide speed when using a klister. It also aides against icing up, when utilizing a fluorinated hard wax. Generally, a slightly colder hard wax (colder than the current temperatures) is used to cover the klister. Kick wax lines such as Swix VR, Swix XF, Start RF, Start FHF, Start Black Magic Fluoro Kick, Start Oslo, and Rex ProGrip all work great for covering waxes. Some of our favorites are: Start Oslo, Start Black Magic Fluoro Kick, Swix VR40, Swix VR45, and Swix VR55.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any concerns or questions.

-Posted by Tom Carlson on Feb 1st 2015

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