MikeK wrote:Yeah they were unwieldy and I really had some issues getting them to grip in packed down snow, but I'm comparing to a lot of other modern skis which do everything really well. I don't think it had anything to do with my base treatment.
Sorry to question this- but if these skis don't grip on packed down snow, then I would suggest it has everything to do with base treatment. However- there are specific snow conditions where grip wax is very challenging to get right. My humble opinion is that in the backcountry, a mixed quiver of waxable and waxless skis is the most effective answer. (The idea of an integrated kicker skin (e.g. "skin-lock"; "easy-skin") may be just the ticket for difficult snow- and it can be quickly removed for downhill skiing!)
Waxing is hard. I'm not going to lie there. A better waxer probably could have done better, but I'm also remembering my previous pair of wax skis, and I never had much issue climbing with those.
I don't agree that waxing is hard- but again that may be entirely a product of my colder climate?