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  • #785855
    sbscosplit
    20 Posts

    Finally got everything set up to go. My buddy is going to show me how to wax my board. He has the whole setup for that. I’m curious about waxing the skins? There is an old thread on here from four years ago, originally started nine years ago.

    Anyway, what are the more experienced riders doing? To wax or not to wax?

    I’ve searched around a bit. 130 to 140 shouldn’t burn the skin right. And I got theses skins http://www.climbingskinsdirect.com/store#ecwid:category=1854647&mode=product&product=8421751

    #785856
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Don’t do it. Skins typically don’t have many problems with winter snowpack unless you’re starting below the snowline. Spring slush is a different story but you’ll be fine just rubbing on your regular spring snowboard wax occasionally to prevent the skins from getting saturated and glopping. I shouldn’t have to say it but you just rub it onto the plush along the direction of the hair (the easy way to rub the wax). Do everything you can from getting loose wax stuck to the glue, including scraping your base as well as you can.

    #785893
    sbscosplit
    20 Posts

    Sounds good J, I appreciate ya.

    #785979
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Happy to help!

    Of course, after saying that I actually had a few small icy spots on my skins yesterday.

    I tried a new trick on Saturday and actually ran an iron over the glue to try to bring back the tack in a couple of spots that weren’t sticking anymore. It worked like a charm.

    #785987
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    I have been waxing my skins with a hot iron for several years and it works great! Highly recommend. It lasts and gets into the skin fibers much better. I do it once per season and it lasts all the way through spring. The problem with not doing it and waiting is that its not a problem until its too late. You then have to pull of your ski (pending that you have been humping around a bar of wax in your pack all winter) scrape snow/ice off your skins and rub the wax on. I have noticed several side by side comparison with my skins and no build up vs someone who has not waxed. Those guys have since converted to hot waxing skins.

    Another plus is that I believe it extends the life of my skins. I have one pair going on 5 years. It makes them look great again and all the fibers are back in line.

    #785989
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    It appears YMMV.
    I’ll bet glop is a function of snow density/water content and temperature (of air and/or snow-or the deltas between the two).
    I know, in the Sierras, waxing is a must. In the San Gabriels (200 mi SW), not so much. I usually rub-on wax right before a Sierra trip and I’m good.

    I think your best bet is—b/c your snowpack is different from ours—to ask your locals and do what they do. Or experiment!

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    #785992
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    For someone new to the sport I think the risk of screwing up a brand new skin is higher than the reward which is why I discouraged it initially.

    The TetonAT video above is a good way to do it and similar to how I do it. Usually I just rub it into the plush and yes, I carry a small piece of wax with me for a lot of tours, especially in the spring. It can help a slow base in wet snow just as well as a gloppy skin.

    #785999
    sbscosplit
    20 Posts

    Hey skate I saw that exact video. Good to know that 130 to 140 f degrees is the temp to get. Seems waxing is best for spring, but it can’t hurt if done correctly;-)

    I’m glad others are doing this and getting more longevity from the skins. So far the skins have been the cheapest thing in my setup. Anything that helps it last longer is good in my book.

    #786020
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    FWIW I have never heard of anyone burning their skins. I use an iron on the cotton setting….

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