I am assuming that the "swix fluorinated glide wax" you are speaking of is the liquid glide wax with the sponge applicator? I will come back to that stuff.ddg wrote:Related question... What is a decent set of glide waxes for waxless skis? Is the "SWIX FLUORINATED GLIDE WAX" in violet, red, blue a good choice. I'm looking for a low hassle procedure. What do you do between waxes - just give a good brush with a fine nylon brush? Or is something cheaper like this just as good.
1) I highly advise hot-waxing your tips/tails with glide wax. I do it 1-2 times per season- and then a final time for off-season storage. This is inexpensive, offers the best possible glide performance, and will prolong the life of your ski bases.
2) The grip wax kit you linked on the MEC is an excellent example of a simple grip wax system. You really don't need anything else in the backcountry- especially if you have a waxable ski, and then a waxless ski for warmer snow (i.e. having both skis may avoid the need for using klister).
3) the liquid glide waxes you mention work very well with waxless skis (especially that have hot-waxed tips/tails ) in warm, sticky snow. You need to bring your skis up to room temperature; apply the liquid glide wax to the entire base (including traction scales); let it dry; and then cork it into the entire base. This will keep wet sticky snow from sticking to your bases/scales. However; be prepared to have to apply this stuff before every long-distance (more than 20kms) ski. Word of caution- use a base cleaner to remove all traces of the liquid glide wax before hot-waxing. The liquid glide wax residue will prevent the hot wax from penetrating into the base. As an aside- I have never used the "florinated" variety. It is more expensive then the regular stuff...been meaning to research it...am a bit anxious that it might negatively effect hot-waxing...no idea...
4) You will need climbing skins if you are going to climb very steep slopes (BTW- kick wax alone will allow you to climb a steeper slope than traction scales). If you are going to use kick wax make sure you use a skin that is compatible with it.
Hope I am helping you!