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- Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada
- Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring
- Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad BC; Asnes Gamme 54 BC; Asnes Storetind Carbon; Madshus Annum; Asnes Comabt Nato
- Favorite boots: Alfa Guard Advance BC; Alpina Alaska BC; Crispi Svartisen BC; Scarpa T4
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Instructor at Maritime College of Forest Technology
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The skin on top of "hard" grip waxes or glide waxes will not negatively affect the skin adhesive.
You want a base prep (grip or glide wax) that you can apply the skin directly on top of.
(I generally use a very hard(cold) grip wax as my base layer.)
(Many use glide wax as their base layer.)
(I have a thread in the Wiki section of the site on my approach to waxing my backcountry Nordic touring skis.)
Grip/kick wax does not bond well to glide wax.
You could choose not to apply a base wax to the kicker skin section- applying kickwax of the day only to that section.
I personally prefer to use very hard grip wax on the entire base- this preference is both a product of the terrain and snow I ski on as well as the typical mid-winter temperatures.
For example- I find that there is an absolute sweet spot where Swix Polar both grips and glides well ~ -15C to -25C where I don't need to apply any kick wax at all! In my midwinter I can often get week-or-two stretches with excellent kick, climbing traction and glide with a Polar base alone! (I had about 12 days of these conditions earlier in February.)
I avoid soft kick waxes and the skin. If I move to a soft kick wax or klister then I scrape it off before putting on the skin.
I always test the performance of the kicker skin before moving to a soft kick wax or klister.
In my shoulder season skiing- late fall/early spring- I often move to soft wax and/or klister alone and/or waxless scaled skis- that way I don't have to constantly be taking skins on and off in low-vertical New Brunswick hills and "mountains".
To completely remove wax I use this process:
- heat and scrape
- then use a wax remover (I use goo-gone)
It has been years since I competely stripped the base of one of my Nordic touring skis.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.
Also, RJB, the great thing about the ski you just bought is to be able to ski it as a waxed ski!