Friday, 13 February 2015

Birkie Discusion #5 - Evening Edition

Fast Trax - Evening Discussion


The day comes to a close and we now trust in the forecast and that this rain will turn to snow and the grooming will turn this wet, glazed snow into fine grained / granular, but not very abrasive snow with 4-6cm of new snow mixed in just for good measure, making for a wonderful day on the trails.

After finalizing reports from various testing locations on the course not much has changed for recommendations from this morning.




Kick:

Base: Vauhti Super Base or Vauhti K-Base

Kick: Vauhti K15/K18, Ski*Go HF Violet or Swix VR45/VR50

Layering of kick: Aim for 6-8 layers of wax in total depending on your skis and what you normally apply for layers.

Waxing for glide:
  • 4-6 layers being the full length of your wax pocket
    • 2-3 layers K15 or VR50 / 2-3 layers K18 or VR45 or 6 layers of SkiGo HF Violet
  • 1-2 layers being in your klister pocket
    • 1-2 layers of the K18 or VR45 or 2 layers of SkiGo HF Violet
Waxing for grip:
  • 4-6 layers being the full length of your wax pocket
    • 2-3 layers K12 or VR55 / 2-3 layers K15 or VR45 or 6 layers of SkiGo HF Violet
  • 1-2 layers being in your klister pocket
    • 1-2 layers of the K15 or VR45 or 2 layers of SkiGo HF Violet

Glide:

Base: Rex RCF Pink or Swix LF4

Glide: Holmenkol Speed Base Matrix Mid, Vauhti HF Violet, Swix HF5

Top Coats: Vauhti Hpc15.1

Conclusion:
These are the most detailed testing results based on the testing yesterday, this morning and factoring in the forecast and I think they are a very realistic safe approach to your kick waxing but if you were unsure and felt you wanted to wait and see how things shake out over night your best bet would be to glide wax and base binder your skis tonight and have a selection of grip waxes for the morning.

At the end of the day as I said yesterday "it will be what it will be", "trust in the forecast" and everything will work out. With the weather we have been given and time and resources available these Birkie Discussion blog posts have been the best information we can provide and we hope they have been of value and we wish you the best on the trails!