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VAUHTI Grip Waxing For Conditions around Freezing
By:  Vauhti Technical team   (2003/12/12)


vauhti_logo.gifVAUHTI Grip Waxing For Conditions around Freezing:

Fundamental to successful waxing for the challenging conditions around the freezing mark is that you have, in your arsenal, a few basic options that can be fine-tuned when called upon by the conditions. When the risk for waxing failure is at its highest, stick to the basic methods that you have previously tested and know to work. In race situations, the time for testing is limited and consequently acting systematically and the execution of basic procedures will help to ensure functional and successful waxing.

Remember: a successful wax job is generally very simple; complicated mixes of multiple waxes are not necessarily part of the selection process used by most waxing experts.


Basic Vauhti Waxing Recipe Choices for conditions around freezing: 


1.  Apply a thin layer of Violet fluor klister, and on top, a layer of fluor Aluminium hard wax. 

This combination works on wet glazed tracks when the track is firm. If portions of the track have dry snow and the wax tends to freeze, switch to option number 3. Use Fox Gel as a topcoat when the snow is new.


2.  Apply a thin Blue fluor klister, and on top Red hard grip wax. 

This combination works in continuous sleet. The key to the success of the combination is the thickness of the layers: in continuous sleet, the layers must be very thin. If the track is heavily glazed over, the layers must be slightly thicker. If the waxing freezes, switch to a fluor Aluminium hard grip wax. A gel topcoat will improve the functionality of the waxing.


3.  Apply a thin Blue fluor klister, and on top fluor Aluminium. 

This is suited for a wider functional range: wet new snow, fairly dry glazed tracks, tracks that have coarse or icy snow and glazed new snow. The combination is relatively tolerant of fairly dry snow and dry sleet. If the track is largely glazed and partly wet, switch the Aluminum to a Yellow hard grip wax or the whole combination to option number 1. Use the Fox Gel as a topcoat if the track is not totally coarse.


4.  Apply Base wax Super, and mix in Aluminum or Yellow hard grip wax 

This works mainly in old, coarse or icy conditions when the track has so many spots with dry fine-grained snow that option 3 would not work and plain hard grip waxes by themselves would not endure on the skis. Use an Aluminum hard wax when the track still has partly loose snow. Use the Yellow hard grip wax when the wax is mostly glazed.


The assumption in all of the above options (1 to 4) is that the track has at least partially new or fine-grained snow. If the conditions in question are the easiest around freezing (conditions following a thaw, a slight freezing so that the snow forms into a uniform coarse consistency and the track does not have any fine grained snow but rather coarse, icy or large grained "flour like" snow) proceed as follows with option 5:


5.  When it’s close to freezing: a generous layer of Blue fluor klister. After cooling off outside, add on top a layer of fluor Violet or fluor Carrot grip wax. 

Finally, in conditions just colder than options 1-5, the following recipe has been very successful (-2…-5°C temperature range): Conventional blue klister, on top of the cooled klister add a layer of fluor Carrot hard grip wax and lightly smooth using the palm of your hand.

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