Recreational/Fitness Kick Wax and Klister Table
This is a kick waxing table to provide guidance to skiers for recreational and fitness skiing. The table for Racing Skiers provides guidance for skiers doing long loppets and races.
Skiing conditions will not always perfectly match a printed table. If you are not getting enough grip we suggest try the next warmest wax; if you are getting too much grip (the snow is clumping under the ski) then try the next colder wax. After applying kick wax always let the ski cool outside for 5 to 10 minutes so the kick wax can cool down after the corking has warmed it. Otherwise the grip will be incorrect until it does cool.
"Fresh Snow" is snow that has fallen within the past 24 hours that has well defined snowflakes and has not been heavily groomed. "Old Snow" is snow that has aged for 1 or more days, or has been heavily groomed at a ski resort. "Granular Snow" is when the snow is very old and the snow is mostly to all without good snowflake structure (like sugar crystals). "Ice" is when the track has a glaze or polish because of a freeze/thaw cycle or because of the large number of skiers using it.
Selecting the correct kick wax around 0°C/+32°F is the most difficult so do not be discouraged. Even for skilled racing wax technicians this is the toughest selection. As a fitness or recreational skier you will have a more enjoyable ski when you choose towards more grip with a kick wax.
Please take caution if you are skiing in icy conditions. Your control for turning and stopping can be significantly reduced.
Please note that we list the Racing kick waxes as alternatives in this Recreational list on purpose. The Racing Universal (-1..-20°C) is used by many recreational skiers as a "one kick wax does all" to take the difficulty out of the decision process.
This kickwax table refers to the labels on the new packaging starting in the 2008/09 season. For prior season refer to this table. While the labeling changed the wax formulas remain the same.
NOTE: When you use kick wax in the tin always apply in thin layers (4-6). Sooner several thin layers than one thick layer! Thin layers will apply more easily and have better durability and grip. The base wax should be warmed into a roughened kick zone. For more information refer to www.ski-go.com about kick zone preparation.
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