Stone Grinds

Stone Grinds at Gear West 

waxchart11x17.jpg NOTE: Stone-grinding is unavailable offseason, from about May-August. Grinding will resume in September

Skate Grinds

  • LZ1 (Cold)

    Ski Type: Skate Skis
    Snow Type: New Fine Grained Snow
    Temperature Range: -10°F to 15°F

    The LZ1 is an ultra fine grind designed to interact with cold sharp fine grained snow. This is a must have structure for slow wind blown snow.

  • Black Label

    Ski Type: Skate Skis
    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 0°F to 25°F

    The Black Label structure has out performed all other grinds in transformed and icy conditions. This structure has very fast acceleration making it an instant favorite on man made snow. Don't discount the Black Label structure in new fine grained snow types as it has been known to also glide incredibly fast in slow new snow as well but in must stay dry.

  • LZ2 (Universal) 

    Ski Type: Skate Skis
    Snow Type: New Fine Grained Snow
    Temperature Range: 10°F to 28°F 

    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 10°F to 32°F

    Our top selling grind, The LZ2 is an intricate structure that interacts well with both new fine grained and transformed snow types. This structure is great for the customer that has one main race ski and is looking for a universal structure.

  • HVX (Violet) 

    Ski Type: Skate or Classic Skis
    Snow Type: New Fine Grained Snow
    Temperature Range: 15°F to 30°F 

    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 10°F to 40°F

    The HVX structure is very forgiving structure that is always in the game and often at the top of our test results. A great "marathon" ski, the HVX works well on both sides of the freeze line. Consider a morning start which may be a bit chilly, but the temperature rises to above freezing temperatures mid race.

  • R4+(Wet) 

    Ski Type: Skate or Classic Skis
    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 30°F and above

    The R4+ structure is a wet snow structure that can handle large transformed snow types.

Classic Grinds

  • XC02 (Cold)

    Ski Type: Classic Skis
    Snow Type: New Fine Grained Snow
    Temperature Range: -10°F to 15°F

    The XC02 is a fine classic structure designed to interact well with new fine grained snow as well as cold machine groomed snow.

  • LJ02 (Universal)

    Ski Type: Classic Skis
    Snow Type: New Snow & Transformed Snow
    Temperature Range: 10°F to 25°F

    The LJ02 structure has been our go to universal structure that skis both transformed and new fine grained snow types.

  • HVX (Violet) 

    Ski Type: Skate or Classic Skis
    Snow Type: New Fine Grained Snow
    Temperature Range: 15°F to 30°F 

    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 10°F to 40°F

    The HVX structure is very forgiving structure that is always in the game and often at the top of our test results. A great "marathon" ski, the HVX works well on both sides of the freeze line. Consider a morning start which may be a bit chilly, but the temperature rises to above freezing temperatures mid race.

  • R4+(Wet) 

    Ski Type: Skate or Classic Skis
    Snow Type: Transformed Corn Snow
    Temperature Range: 30°F and above

    The R4+ structure is a wet snow structure that can handle large transformed snow types.

 

Since Gear West opened its doors in 1992, stone grinding of race skis has come from being a radical proposition regarded with skepticism to an entire field of study and a necessity for any serious racer. The reason for this is simple: when it comes to speed, getting the right grind makes all the difference.

But what is grinding? Stone Grinding is a process that removes a small portion of your ski’s base and applies a specific pattern of very small grooves and ridges known as a structure to the remaining surface. All modern skis are ground by the manufacturer to establish an initial structure, but over time, this will wear down. Likewise, bases that have been overheated or otherwise refuse to accept wax can only be repaired by grinding off the sealed layer of base material. To get the most speed possible, even new skis should be ground before use as most factory-applied grinds were developed to be inexpensive to apply to a high volume of skis, but are not necessarily the fastest.

It is vital to note that for the highest quality and fastest grinds, two elements are required: a high precision machine and an experienced and well trained grind tech. It is here that Gear West sets itself apart. We have recently invested in a new Tazzari RP23 grinding machine, as well as specific World Cup level training for our lead grinder, Matt Fox. The Tazzari RP23 is used by National and Olympic teams the world over and is the only stone grinder in the world that was specifically designed for the needs of Nordic skiing. No expense was spared in designing the RP23, which features the most advanced stones on the market, a state of the art computer numerical controlled (CNC) dressing system, and a dedicated emulsion cooling unit. These features combine to deliver the fastest and cleanest cut base finish possible to our customers.

As for the man behind the machine, in addition to the years he has spent honing in his skills with thousands of grinds applied and countless hours testing structures, Matt Fox has been able to work with Lars Svensson of Tazzari to develop our initial grinds for the Tazzari. Lars is the lead designer of the RP23 and has created many of the most popular grind structures on the World Cup circuit.

Over the course of the winter, Matt also will continue to develop and refine new grinds, testing them in many different conditions and at locations around North America. This includes testing grinds that will probably never get beyond “experimental” status; even these help provide us with the knowledge of how different structure variables affect performance.

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