SWIX BIRKEBEINER WAX RECOMMENDATIONS

Forecast:

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 5.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

 

Course Conditions

The track should be firm and compact. With cold overnight lows leading up to the race expect the snow temps to be much colder than air temps. For later finishers expect the track to begin to glaze especially in sun exposed areas.

WAXING CONSIDERATIONS

1. Base Preparation

We recommend using Swix Cleaner for Flour Glide Wax and Conditioner- I0084 to properly and thoroughly clean the base of any existing wax and foreign contaminates that may be present. Wipe the base with a piece of Fiberlene that has been soaked with I84 Cleaner. While the base is still wet, brush and scrub from tip to tail with a Swix Nylon White Brush- T161. Using a new, clean piece of Fiberlene, wipe the ski base clean and let dry for 5-7 minutes, then brush with the Swix Ultra Fine Steel Brush- T191. The very fine steel bristles of this brush thoroughly clean the base structure of the ski base and removes any remaining wax and dirt that may be present in the structure.

2. DURABILITY

Given the length of the race, it will be important to build strong and solid base layers into the ski base, prior to the HF and wax layers. The first step is to use Swix CH6X to saturate the base and harden it for the marathon distance. Apply one layer of CH6X, let cool then scrape and brush. Brush with the Fine Steel or Steel (T179) Brush, then polish with the Swix Black Nylon Brush. Next, apply one layer of Swix Marathon Wax- DHF104BW or for a fluoro free option use Swix’s new Pure Marathon, scrape and brush, using the same method as the CH6X.

3. SKI SELECTION & STRUCTURE

Expect the racetrack and snow to be firm and to break down some as the day progresses. Use a medium to stiff flex ski that will be stable in hard pack snow conditions. Medium fine base structures will work well. Additional hand structure is recommended due to the snow crystal type. Use the Swix T0423 Economy Struc- ture tool with the 0.5mm Broken-V structure roller to add structure. Apply the 0.03mm Broken-V structure roller or the 0.5mm after final waxing and brush with Swix Blue Nylon Brush- T160

GLIDE WAX APPLICATION

Note that we have (3) levels of glide wax choice based on your wave position and how you classify yourself.

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves Elite & 1-5

Base HF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix HF7: Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix HF7 Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

FAST LANE TO HAYWARD Waves 6-10

Base HF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix HF7: Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix HF8 Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

PERFORMANCE PRO: Waves 1-5

Base LF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix LF7: Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix HF7 Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

PERFORMANCE PRO: Waves 6-10

Base LF wax layers: Apply two layers of Swix LF7: Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush using above method. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix HF8 Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

FLUORO FREE: Waves 1-5

Base CH wax layer: Apply one layer of Swix CH7X. Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Swix Steel Brush- T179. Pol- ish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T160. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix CH7X Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

PERFORMANCE: Waves 6-10

Base CH wax layer: Apply one layer of Swix CH7X. Iron at 140oC, let cool 4-6 minutes, then scrape and brush thoroughly using the Swix Steel Brush- T179. Pol- ish with the Blue Nylon Brush- T160. Race Topcoat layer: Apply Swix CH8X Liquid: Let sit overnight. Use Swix Black Nylon Brush- T194 to scrub the wax out.

KICK WAX APPLICATION A preliminary look at the forecast shows that temps will rise very quickly. It will be important to bury a warmer hardwax underneath a colder one in order to have kick later in the race. At this time a base klister binder would be the ideal choice. If the snow begins to break down some and turn more to corn then we recommend either KN 33 Nero or VM Uni as a base to your hardwax.

KICK ZONE PREPARATION Remove old kick wax with a kick wax scraper and clean the kick zone with Swix Wax Remover and Swix Fiberlene. Let the base dry. Use 100 or 120 grid sandpaper and texture the kick zone by sanding the zone in a manner parallel to the groove in the ski base. The Swix T0011 Cork and Sand paper combi tool is ideal for this process. A typical adult kick zone is 65-75cm from the back of heel forward.

BASE KICK WAX: Hardwax binder Apply one (medium thickness) layer of VG35 spray base klister spray, or KN 33 Nero depending on temps as we get closer to the event. Iron in the binder and smooth even with a thumb or cork. Let cool 5-10 minutes outdoors.

RACE KICK WAX: Waves Elite & 1-5: Apply 2-3 thin layers of Swix VR50. Cork smooth. If a cover is needed, add 1-2 layers of VR45 over the zone to speed it up. It is recommended to cork outdoors to keep the wax cold. Waves 6-10: Apply 3-5 thin layers of Swix VR 55N. Cork smooth. If cover is needed, add one layer of VR50 on top to speed up the kick and prevent icing. It is recommended to cork outdoors. We will test other options in the VX line as we get closer to the races.

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