Sometimes you need a little extra pep in your step or slide in your glide. Start's Low Fluoro XT wax line can get your skis or skins moving quickly in all types of conditions and temperature ranges. These water hating, hydrophobic fluorocarbon carrying waxes are just plain faster than their hydrocarbon counterparts. From cold touring editions to warm spring conditions Start boasts ..
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All good things must come to an end and in this case, it is the CH line of waxes from Swix that have pulled an Irish goodbye. No need to worry however, Swix is still in the bar wax game and one of their offerings is the Performance Speed line. The PS line is the replacement of the CH line bringing better durability and performance. The PS waxes are fluoro free and ready to make you..
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HS could stand for "Han Solo," "Handsome Sonofagun," "Homely Sailer" - the list goes on. Swix thought it should stand for "High Speed" when they came out with their HS liquid wax line. Spray on, let sit for 15 minutes, brush it out and hit the snow. Your future is now, convenience is the name of the game with waxing now that you can ditch the iron and stop dedicating an entire gara..
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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..
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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. ..
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..
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,..
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. ..
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..
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 side edge angles are built into the 2x2 Edger for simple and accurate hand-tuning. Side Edge angles are set at 87 and 88 degrees (aka 2 or 3). The two options are well labeled for easy identification, so you spend less time reading tuning manua..
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 placing base welds on your expensive ski bases. Sold individually, price is per stick. Hardman Double Bubble Urethane: Easily winning awards as the epoxy with the..
The ATK Screwdriver has everything you need for adjusting your ATK/Hagan/DPS/Black Diamond bindings. The #2 Phillips head is used for setting release values or adjusting the heel position on integrated adjustment tracks. The T20 bit is for adjusting bindings on adjustment plates such as the ATK Haute Route, Black Diamond Helio 200, or anything you put on the ATK R01 adjustment plat..
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..
Big backcountry adventures are that much better when your gear is fully dialed in and that much worse when they're not! We don't love excessive weight but this tool is anything but excessive when it saves the day. So don't let a loose binding or backed out screw on your boots lead to trouble. Light enough to travel into the backcountry and compact enough to live in your glovebox, t..