Swix is the most recognized ski wax in the industry. With an assortment of waxes for your skis and skins, you can adapt to any snow condition. Yes, waxing skins can greatly improve glide as well as prevent glopping in the latter part of the season. CH (Hydrocarbon) waxes are great for skis and skins alike. LF (Low Fluorocarbon) waxes work great on skins in snow with more moisture. F4 is a universal fluoro wax which can make skins really fast. Use this on its own or mix with a CH temperature wax to create your own blend. All waxes are sold in 60g blocks.
|Wax #||Temp Range||Celsius|
|#4||-25°F to 10°F||-32°C to -12°C|
|#5||7°F to 18°F||-14°C to -8°C|
|#6||14°F to 23°F||-10°C to -5°C|
|#7||18°F to 28°F||-8°C to -2°C|
|#8||25°F to 39°F||-4°C to 4°C|
|#10||34°F to 50°F||1°C to 10°C|
Warning: Fluorocarbon (LF or F4) waxes can potentially contaminate skin glue so use them on the plush side of skins only.
Questions & Reviews
Ski waxing is easy even with CH7 which is a tiny bit brittle. It can still be scraped just fine but I prefer to run a piece of Swix Fiberlene over the ski between the iron and base on the last pass to remove excess in a much easier way than scraping. It really is the bomb.
CH8 is great for most of the season and is durable. More durable than what ski shops in my area use anyway (FWIW).
CH 10 - Yellow (doesn't appear to be sold here at the time of this review) is a great spring wax and rips in corn and soft wet snow. I feel like it is a bit less durable but that is expected.
I use CH8 for skin hot waxing and I have to say- it is easy and risk free. It also ROCKS! Do it! I use a setting of 100 deg F on my iron and do two crayons with ironing in between. It is the bomb.
Here are the instructions:
So, one word of warning though: I have used the Swix family of hydrocarbon wax exclusively for years and still am a mid pack racer. I don't blame the wax though!
A few other wax-related comments:
- Only once have I tried hot waxing skins, and the potential singeing of the fibers scared me, but some racers swear by it.
- The potential for fluoro wax on ski bases to cause skin glue failure is a warning I heard back in the 90s when I first started backcountry skiing, but I've never heard any actual evidence or scientific explanation (whether for or against).
- F4 is a nice universal wax, but the fluoro content is so low that it would be pointless as a fluoro additive to temperature-specific CH waxes. (One competitor does offer such a product, but very pricey.)
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