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  • #567341
    Sydnorque
    25 Posts

    Splitting this off as a new thread:

    “concerning the gliding: Have you ever tried to wax skins? Sounds mad first but it works.
    Rub some wax on in the direction of the hair (not too much or it will glue them together).
    Then warm carefully with a hairdryer. When the wax melts and the color get’s darker stroke
    against the hairs with your finger, so they all stand up and the wax won’t glue them up.
    Gliding is much better and icing up in wet conditions is less frequent, too.
    I do this each year.”

    I like it! I’d hate to screw up and ruin a set of skins, though.

    Any more detail from others who do this?

    #585378
    the mighty bighorn
    126 Posts

    Definetly wax em’ up. It’ll keep the wet snow from sticking and improve glide. I have not noticed a decrease in climbing performance either. Lots of old school skiers have advised me to wax skins ( they’ve also told me that snowboarders are idiots and should be shunned from the BC, so take I take their advice with caution). I dont know about heating the wax into the skin, I could see a lot of damge occuring if your not very careful, a hair dryer would probably be allright. I’ve used spray on wax and have rubbed on parrafin wax, both methods worked well.

    #585379
    karma surf
    191 Posts

    On days that the temps will be above 32 degrees I’ll always rub wax onto the skins. I’ve tried both with the grain and against, and if I wax now I rub the wax in both directions completely. This will coat the fabric and slow the water absorption. The first 100 vert might be a little slip and slide, but after that traction is the same as without wax, and glide is definitely improved.

    I would seriously caution against any heat, as the ascension glue is extremely heat sensitive. Quick drying skins directly over a heater will permanently alter the chemical structure of the glue, and the glue will remain forever gummy- it will stick to your base, hands, everything. The only cure would be to remove all the old glue, and reglue with BD gold label.

    The Coltex skins Burton used have an entirely different glue, and I don’t have any experience with them.

    #585380
    coldbivy
    1 Posts

    You should definately wax. It keeps snow from sticking and improves glide tremendously.

    You can buy some soft wax specially made to go on skins. I just rub this on in both directions. Black Diamond also sells some spray on wax, but I haven’t used it.

    #585381
    Colin
    153 Posts

    so bringing back an old topic here, but its that time of year… wondering if anyone’s ever tried hot waxing skins as per this dude, seems like it would be more effective than rub-on in the long term, much like waxing your base… hmmm…
    [youtube:363viyr2]nrvB8pcrY7o[/youtube:363viyr2]

    #585382
    jbaysurfer
    947 Posts

    That just seems overkill to me. It’s not hard to keep a bar of glopstopper in your pocket and use it on spring days when conditions could get gloppy.

    Maybe if you’re really hung up on glide (most soft booters are tripping over dimes to pick up nickels if they are IMHO) you might want to do this..but like I said..seems overkill to me.

    #585383
    treetop
    63 Posts

    I do that! Works awesome. The heat works the wax deeper into the skin fabric so they are much more water repellent than wax applied to the surface. It lasts a long time. I think it’s well worth the effort (which is not much). Just be careful with the heat or you can damage the glue.

    #585384
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    I recently have been using the nik wax skin wawerproofing treatment with good results.

    it has to go on the night before with a bingo dabber style applicator, then air dry. skins stay water proof dry, but only for a tour or two… helps to still carry a chunk of glopstopper.

    also recently, in a pinch, I used a cheap soft candle and rubbed it on like i was trying to piss a cat off. kept my skins very dry and glop free, but with decreased glide, but super climbing grip.. plus they smelled like vanilla!

    #585385
    jbaysurfer
    947 Posts

    @treetop wrote:

    I do that! Works awesome. The heat works the wax deeper into the skin fabric so they are much more water repellent than wax applied to the surface. It lasts a long time. I think it’s well worth the effort (which is not much). Just be careful with the heat or you can damage the glue.

    Dude, that avatar pic is awesome! Pure art!

    #585386
    KGN
    215 Posts

    The little song at the start of the video is really funny

    #585387
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    @ale_capone wrote:

    I recently have been using the nik wax skin wawerproofing treatment with good results.

    funny, I bought Nik Wax tent spray last year thinking I could try it on my skins … but never did.

    I’ll report out once I do.

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