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..
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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. If you want to do your part to prevent hydrocarbon pollution, MountainFLOW All-temp E..
Many skiers neglect their ski bases throughout the ski season only giving them the needed maintenance a few times a year, opting for après over ironing and scraping. From the Finnish wax aficionados, Start has created a product that cuts out the most laborious part of waxing. No more ironing or scraping just apply Start SG liquid wax, wait, and brush, easy enough to do at any point..
When the weather changes make sure you're ready for the conditions with the Start low fluoro liquid wax line. It's time to stop ironing and scraping; no more ruined shoes or giving up half your garage just so you can prep your skis. Apply, dry and brush with the liquid line of waxes from Start. These phenomenal Finns are making waxing incredibly easy - to complete your waxing setup..
Did you know that many of us have something in common with Sammy Hagar? Not unlike the famed hair band singer, plenty of people just can not stick to the recommended speed limit. If that's you then well-maintained bases are key to that need for speed. If you're looking for an easier way to maintain your ski bases without the hassle of ironing and scraping, we got you covered. The S..
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 ..
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..
Sometimes in the backcountry we can have a love-hate relationship with snow; it's overwhelmingly fun to play in, but a drag when it clings to the two planks of wood tied to our feet. It seems pretty intuitive that as skiers, we don't want the snow to hang on to our skis' topsheets. So, instead of shopping for a bottle of Crisco or sprayable oil in a can at your local grocery store,..
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..
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. ..
Waxing is important to your ski base's health. Part of every ski tuner toolbox should be a good nylon brush. Start Nylon brushes are a fantastic do-it-all, works-with-any-wax, set-it-and-forget-it option. Since the goal is to spend the day skiing and not stressing about brush progressions, know that you are ready to go after a good session with this brush. Start brushes are brought..
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...
Proper brushing is a must for ski maintenance, and that should always begin with the use of the Start Brass Brush. As a first pass before, or after the waxing process, this brass brush will do the heavy lifting by breaking dirt free from your bases after a long day in the backcountry, or is the perfect choice to use once your skis are ready for the brushing phase. When waxing your ..
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. G..
It's never good to have a screw loose, especially in the backcountry. G3 has a minimalist tool with maximum effectiveness that even has the word backcountry right in the name! G3 Backcountry Binding Tool is ready to help you out when things get loose (but not the fun kind). A combination of a #3 Pozidriver on one end and a Torx T20 interface on the other end you can service most bi..
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