Wax your skins and skis to win the local race series or simply to avoid getting stuck in spring. Make sure your bases and edges are in good shape so you don’t slide for life on icy steeps. Find backcountry ski-tuning gear here.
Ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers are not known for ski maintenance. Most would rather be skiing! If you identify with that sentiment, you’ll love the Phantom permanent base treatment from DPS. The rocket-surgeons in charge at DPS promise that Phantom will give you the greased lightning feel of a fresh wax that will never, ever wear off. Gone are the late nights of scraping w..
Lightweight skis may require some unusual mounting tools. For example, some ski specs call for drill bits that are typically used for child skis. Yes, your expensive skinny skis may in fact be designed for children. But hopefully you mount them like an adult by using some of the tools below.
3.5 x 7.5mm Drill Bit - Custom size required for Vapor Svelte and shorter Nano skis (164..
Kohla’s Magic Gel is the anti-snow goop that we’ve all been waiting for. We all know that snow can accumulate on your top-sheets while skinning. A common tradition among weight-weenies is to smear butter or Crisco onto the top-sheets of your skis to reduce weight and keep snow away from crucial parts. The biggest issue with that plan, aside from the obvious fact that neither of th..
Sure, you make sure your beer cans and candy bar wrappers aren't left behind in the backcountry, but did you know your ski is causing pollution? Wax from skis and skins is scraped off by snow crystals and is left behind in the snow. It will eventually wind up in local watersheds as the snow melts. You may think that the wax from skis could not possibly add up to a substantial amoun..
Gloppy skins suck (apologies for the harsh language, it needed to be said). Snow sticking to your skins is one of the most miserable things that could possibly happen on a tour or in a race, and Start is here to help. The XT line of waxes is designed for durability, so one treatment will easily last through your whole race or tour. With a wide range of waxes made for the warmest of..
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. ..
The Finnish leader in low-friction snow gliding has infiltrated Skimo Co and we couldn’t be happier. Once you get a taste of Start wax, there’s no going back. Addictingly fast, long lasting, and Finnish. With a broad assortment of waxes to choose from, there is no reason your skis and skins shouldn’t be properly waxed before every tour and race. Waxing skins is a secret trick that ..
For years, the weight-weenies of the world have been applying Crisco, butter, and various oil-based lotions to their skis to prevent snow buildup on the top sheets. The preferred anti-snow solution is highly dependent upon the geographic location of the skier. The French and Italians use artisanally crafted, organic, grass-fed butter that was tenderly gathered and deliberately hand..
Nothing improves speed like a good hot wax. If you are an “Instagram skier” then you probably don’t need this, because it’s likely that you look fast enough. Swix’s Waxing Iron is the golden ticket for skiers that prefer to go fast in real life. Easily melts any kind of ski wax, butter, or whatever glide-y substance you smuggled out of Europe. Use on your ski bases and skins (at lo..
Now you can wax like a professional. If you spend a lot of time on your skis then Start’s Acrylic Wax Scraper will be a valuable utensil, right next to your forks and knives. The scraper is just flexible enough to get into the grooves of a concave base but stiff enough to get an even scrape from edge to edge. Start’s Acrylic Wax scraper can be used to wax just about anything except..
You know you ski a lot (or just wax a lot) when your scraper becomes dull. The folks at Swix ski a lot and decided it was time that somebody made a sharpener for wax scrapers. If your wax scraper has rounded edges, the Swix Plexisharpener is the perfect tool to revive it. Slide any acrylic scraper over the file and it becomes square, meaning less passes to scrape off your hot wax. ..
Instead of having a ridiculous amount of brushes to choose from, here is one that does it all. Nylon brushes are better for softer waxes that are designed for warm temperatures, but lack the brute strength that brass has for harder, cold temperature waxes. That’s why the Start Combi Brush was born. Containing 50% Brass, 50% Nylon, the Combi Brush works 100% of the time, every time...
There’s no sense in having a state-of-the-art ski, boot, and binding combo that is poorly maintained. Use a Swix Gummy Stone to remove all the rust and inconsistencies along your ski edges to make the most of your gear. The soft blocks are also great for detuning your skis near the tips and tails to reduce grabbiness or hookiness. Apply to new skis or freshly filed edges...
Swix’s Diamond Stone is good for polishing edges and removing burrs from rocks or aggressive filing. Less suitably used on finger nails and woodshop projects, this Diamond Stone is perfectly tuned for making sharp ski edges even sharper. Eliminate burrs and make your skis slice through snow like a knife through butter. This a medium grit stone which is a good for backcountry skiing..
Start’s Metal Scraper is just that, a metal scraper made by Start. A key tool of any ski workshop, the metal scraper can be used for a variety of things. Most often it will be seen scraping newly added P-Tex off the base of your skis. Be sure to add a fresh coat of wax after a good repair job...
Early or late season days can take their toll on your gear. After such abuse, make sure your edges are clean, sharp, and happy. Two pre-set base and side edge angles are built into the 2x2 Edger for simple and accurate and hand-tuning. Side Edge angles are set at 87 and 88 degrees (aka 2 or 3) and Base Edge angles flip between 0.5 and 1 degree. They are labeled for easy identificat..
If you own the Swix 2x2 Edger and use it as often as you should, the file will eventually wear out. Replace your file in a jiffy with the Replacement File and get back to sharpening your edges instead of petting them...
Sometimes there are sharks in the water. Sometimes there are rocks in the snow. If you get bitten by the latter, use the tools below to help repair your kit.
P-Tex: Both black and clear 8mm sticks of P-Tex, good for accurately placing base welds on your expensive ski bases. Sold individually, price is per stick.
Hardman Double Bubble Urethane: Easily winning awards as the epo..
If you do any serious binding mounting or adjusting, then you should be using G3 Pozidriv tools. Comfortable grips, precise fit, and hardened steel tips make the ShopTech Pozidriv the tool you want to use on your precious gear-babies. The Pozidriv head fits a sizable portion of mounting and adjusting screws in the ski industry, including all screws on the G3 ION and ZED bindings. ..