This little tool from Swix is a great kit bag / car companion for when you want a little more umph on ice or have had a few too many October powder days. The file stays put fairly well, and the plastic provides a little protection for the hands. Much simpler than trying to remember which guides to bring.
Sometimes gets gummed up, but overall an excellent tool to keep screwed to the workbench. A sharp scraper makes waxing a pleasure rather than a pain, and this is a simple and cost-effective way to make em sharp.
Swix was what I first started waxing with and continue to use most weeks. Between a full set of CH and LF, you should have faster and more controllable skis than almost anyone else you ski with. CH7 is a perennial favorite for a harder wax in all conditions, while CH10 is great for summer storage. LF in combination with a little structure you are anywhere near the ocean or skiing above freezing can be a big help and make sticky skis into skates.
For emergency use or quick use on tours, these are hard to beat. We use on the way up to huts and when on long trail runs, as a few grams for these saves pounds of water. Not 100% sure if these are to blame, but may slightly discolor some flasks and bottles. Little taste leftover.
It would be unfair to say these were downright abused as they don’t show any wear about hundreds of days of use. Perfect for use anywhere you need to hold things together- we’ve used in construction projects, to hold boots with busted buckles together in races and on Expedition, and more. A few belong in the bottom of any respected Skiers pack :)