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    phoeno


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    Types of Wax?   

     Im just wondering if it really matters what brand of wax i should buy? or just the cheapest stuff i can find?

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     i use dakine, and always have. its readily available at my local shops and i like it

  3. contra

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     wax nerds will make a case, but i haven't ever noticed much (if any) difference. i like bluebird, mostly because it seems like a cool company and i like birds...

  4. DblFistin

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     bluebird sold out of their 1lb all temp wax for $15.....i'm sad.

  5. contra

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     hell of a deal

  6. mi_canuck

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     basically 2 categories... Hydrocarbon and Fluorocarbon... the later can be had in high Fluoro or low Fluoro content... Low Fluoro is like 2.5-3x more expensive than the Hydrocarbon... High Fluoro or even pure Fluoro powder are like 10 times the price of HC wax...

    i wax my base with a good hydrocarbon (Swix CH8 essentially - their Alpine base prep wax). usually 2-3 applications (first one being a hot scrape) for the beginning of the season... then use Fluoro (low) for my wax of the day... I use the Swix LF stuff.... it's a bit pricey, but i've learned to be super efficient in applying it for minimal waste...

    High Fluoro and powders are really only for racing... or if you have insane amounts of money and are insane yourself.... ;)

    and I personally DO see a difference with waxing... I see people in the lift lines often times - asking me - does your board stick? and then some other guy will pipe in, yeah mine too... all the while, I'm cruising by, no hint of drag.... proper waxing in certain snow conditions makes a BIG difference  

    besides, waxing regularly keeps the base nice and hydrated and prolongs its life.... white and dry looking bases are not something you'll see in my quiver... I also keep my scraper nice and sharp, have a bunch of edge tools (sharpening file, pocket stone, diamond stone, gummi stone), and some brushes (horse hair and copper brush)... i don't mess around ;)

  7. contra

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    Types of Wax?   

     to be clear, i meant i haven't noticed a difference in brands of wax, not that i don't notice a difference between waxing and not waxing.

  8. mi_canuck

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     wasn't targetting anyone ;)

  9. Spenser

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    i havent noticed a difference in normal waxes either. and if youre not racing, who cares? its probably all relatively the same if you break it down anyway, and does the same job.

    ive been using OBJ this year because thats what is available and its working fine. in the past ive mainly used the purpleish-grey burton fluoro puck.

  10. biilly

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     i use the whatever all temp wax i can find cheaply. I do nothing fancy either. Hot wax, scrape and go. Mostly because im riding equal parts snow and concrete so all the fine tuning stuff with brushes and base cleaner would really be a waste.

  11. DK

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     I have OBJ all temp wax and I use it at the beginning of the season and maybe once again halfway through and I am good to go.

  12. shralp

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     I've been using Bluebird all this season and my boards feel noticably faster. However, it could just be my boards - '10 Capita Indoor FK and Charlie Slasher.

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    oakwood-jones


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    contra said:  to be clear, i meant i haven't noticed a difference in brands of wax, not that i don't notice a difference between waxing and not waxing.

     

    yea, unless you're counting milliseconds I doubt anyone could really tell a difference between the different waxes. I gotta give my boys at Purl some love though, they've been hooking me up for years. Quality stuff, priced right and made in summit county. A block of purple (all-temp), some blue (cold) and some orange (warm) and you're set up for the season. http://purlracing.com/osc/catalog/

  14. 89c51

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    putting brand aside which is just preference for the average rider what really matters is the correct wax for the correct conditions (temp and humidity)

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    continuum


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    89c51 said: putting brand aside which is just preference for the average rider what really matters is the correct wax for the correct conditions (temp and humidity)

     

    agreed. right wax for the right conditions. I generally have cold and warm weather waxes. make sure you scrape that sh*t off too and get it nice and smooth with a scotch brite. just a very thin layer should be left. That has been more noticeable to me than the brand of wax. Although I've always wanted to buy one of those $100 pieces of super high fluoro just to see the difference.

  16. Duhg

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    When I scrape, I often see the color of the base in my scrapings.
    Is that bad?

  17. Oldschooler

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    Unpossible......unless you're scraping with a razor blade, or metal scraper.

    I use the basic Toko stuff. Usually a mix of the red and yellow, especially this year as Hood has hovered around 26˚- 34˚ all season.

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    duhg said: When I scrape, I often see the color of the base in my scrapings.
    Is that bad?

     

    maybe you apply a bit of excess pressure

    except you scrape with metal which is "wrong" or to put it better plastic is more suitable

    anyway you don't have to go mad with the scraper  

    and BTW high fluoro and low fluoro waxes are for different humidity conditions

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    I almost always use all temp unless I am riding Hood in the summer.

  20. Bdawg

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     Bluebird and OneBallJay cold wax all winter long until spring and even then on the EK I just use all temp.

  21. ryanppax

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    Types of Wax?   

     i use a metal scraper because my plastic one got dull after two times. how do i sharpen it?  

  22. shralp

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     slide it across your file to sharpen your scraper.

  23. Hi Hater U C Me

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     i use holmenkol wax. its really fast. i have to say that the board i have right now has the most amazing base ive ever had on a snowboard. i have been out on it 16 times without waxing it and it is STILL much faster than the CX i demod a few days ago

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    duhg said: When I scrape, I often see the color of the base in my scrapings.
    Is that bad?

     

    i use a plastic scraper and i get colour in the scrapings on my extruded bases, never on my sintered boards

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    hi-hater-u-c-me said:  i use holmenkol wax. its really fast. i have to say that the board i have right now has the most amazing base ive ever had on a snowboard. i have been out on it 16 times without waxing it and it is STILL much faster than the CX i demod a few days ago

     

    What are you riding now?

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    shralp said:

    hi-hater-u-c-me said:  i use holmenkol wax. its really fast. i have to say that the board i have right now has the most amazing base ive ever had on a snowboard. i have been out on it 16 times without waxing it and it is STILL much faster than the CX i demod a few days ago

     
    What are you riding now?

     nitro eero

  27. DblFistin

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     2010 eero?

    I tried a 2009 nitro wiig with the discontinued base and thought that it was pretty quick.

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    dblfistin said:  2010 eero?
    I tried a 2009 nitro wiig with the discontinued base and thought that it was pretty quick.

     yea its a 2010 eero. i also have an 08 wiig which is super stiff but not quite as fast. i like the CX though. im 5'9" and about 135lbs and the 160 i rode was probably the size i would get

  29. death_ember

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     I'm upgrading to a board with a 7200 sintered base (from extruded). Right now I wax whenever the base looks dry, what do I need to do for the sintered base? I heard you need to wax more often?

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    hi-hater-u-c-me said:

    dblfistin said:  2010 eero?
    I tried a 2009 nitro wiig with the discontinued base and thought that it was pretty quick.

     yea its a 2010 eero. i also have an 08 wiig which is super stiff but not quite as fast. i like the CX though. im 5'9" and about 135lbs and the 160 i rode was probably the size i would get

     

    Wow sounds like a lot of board for you. I'd love a 162W or a 164W CX, but I have at least 80lbs on ya.

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