Klister: Fear Not! - Part 3

Posted by Tom Carlson on Feb 8th 2015

Removal and Q & A: 


Klister Removal

Removing klister is perhaps the biggest reasons people dislike using klister. Here is a technique that may completely change your mind on the use and removal of klister.

  1. Measure out fiberlene to the length of your wax pocket and fold to the width of the ski base.
  2. Lay over top the kick zone of the ski.
  3. With a warm iron, 130°C, and run the length of the wax pocket over the fiberlene. This softens the klister and it soaks into the fiberlene and of the ski base.
  4. Use a wax scraper to and slowly scrape the fiberlene. Since the majority of the klister soaked into the fiberlene, it is removed with the fiberlene.
  5. Apply wax base cleaner to the kick zone to clean the base and remove any remaining klister.
  6. Allow to soak for a minute.
  7. Use an old used piece of fibertex and rub back and forth over the kick zone. This works the base cleaner into the base and removes all remnants of the klister.
  8. Wipe clean with fiberlene. The base should be dazzling clean after this process. Once you get the hang of it, the process is quick and easy.





Q & A from Facebook on Klister:

How does the magic glove trick work?

  • Wear a latex glove if you want to contain any klister mess. Klister stays on the gloves, not your hands. Your hands will thank you. Generally, we wear two latex gloves on a hand for greater durability and protection. Or, just put your hand in your ski glove and call it good.  

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using Fluoro klister vs regular klister?

  • Fluorinated Klisters are used as an extremely thin top coat for racing. The fluoro resists moisture, providing increased glide properties. You may still want a thin base klister, thin regular klister (to dial in the kick), and a final thin top coat of fluorinated klister. Covering the regular kick wax with a fluoroinated hard kick wax is another possible solution to increase spead.

How is a dedicated klister ski flexed differently than a non klister ski?

  • A klister ski is not necessarily flexed different from a non-klister ski. The difference is in the camber height of the wax pocket under foot. A higher camber will always lift the klister high enough off the snow to provide optimal glide and the least amount of drag.

Klister removal as well as a list of "must have klisters" and the conditions in which they work best!

  • See blog article for removal and recommended klisters.

Can you include use of klister as a base binder under hard-wax?

  • 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 a cushion layer of kick wax. We commonly use Swix Extra Blue. On this cushion layer, apply your kick wax of the day. This is really another blog article in itself. Keep your eyes open.

Also in talking to people about klister I always hear that's for warm sloppy wet snow -- so can you talk about all the non wet sloppy conditions where klister is great AND some of the creative uses.

  • See Klister part 1 blog

Finally say anything to convince readers that when it comes to klister more is not better... Which is why I think klister has a reputation for being evil stuff.

  • Klister = Good, see blog.

If you have any comments or questions, please post below in the comments section.

-Posted by Tom Carlson on Feb 8th 2015