Get your Birkie Wax Recommendations Here (February 4, 2019)
WAX RECOMMENDATION (As of Feb. 4th, 2019)
Canadian Birkebeiner February 9, 2019
Based on Expected Air Temperature for Feb. 9
9 a.m. –22C / 11 a.m. -19C / 1:30 p.m. -18C
Expected Snow Type: Fine Transformed Humidity: 70%
NOTE: Your final wax selection will need to be based on final weather conditions at the time of your event, your skiing style and your experience with your skis.
The basic steps to preparation of your skis for the event are:
1) Clean the old kick wax off your skis using base cleaner 2) Glide wax your skis 3) Kick wax
GLIDE: Option 1 – EASY
- Iron in LF4X 55km & 31km (2nd alternative CH4X). Let cool off. Iron in once more and let cool off. Scrape off with a Swix Plexi Scraper, and brush with a Swix Medium Bronze or Fine Steel Brush.
- Finish with the Blue Nylon Polish Brush.
GLIDE: Option 2 – EXPERIENCED
Glider Base Prep: Start with a light brush with a steel brush or bronze brush. Wipe clean with Fiberlene. Alternatively you can use Fibretex Violet. Clean/condition skis with Swix Fluror Glide Cleaner (apply cleaner, brush cleaner on base, wipe clean) Let stand to dry off for 5 minutes and wipe down with fibrelene. Next Iron in (apply) a layer of Swix HF4X (or LF4), cool 5 minutes, Scrape & brush with Medium Bronze.
- Apply Cera FC4X (or use HF4X or LF4X if do not have FC4X) for all starts with an iron temperature of approx. 160°C. Make one continuous pass with the iron with a constant pressure – take one side of the groove at the time. Let cool approx. 10 min. Brush the powder away with a nylon and then a horsehair and then stamp once more with iron to maximize bonding. Finish with the Blue Nylon Polish Brush.
- Finish with Swix Turbo Cold Puck– Use either Roto cork or roto Fleece. Let sit 5 min, soft nylon hand finish or roto with blue nylon
- Sand (rub) the clean grip zone area with #100 or #150 grit silicon sandpaper.
- Apply VG 35 base binder for long distance (55km or 31km) or VG 30 (Iron in, & then cork smooth). Add 1 more layer V30 corking between each layer you crayon on the kick zone. Also could use Base Klister Spray then VG30
- VR 40 for 4 layers then alternate VR30/VR 40 3 more layers making sure last layer is VR 30.
Final Wax recommendations will be available at the Birke Fair after we do some skiing and testing on the groomed and trackset Birke trails on Friday morning February 8th
Our suggestions to take on your Birke ski/have available Sat for touch ups -VR40, cork & a scraper (to remove any stick, leaves etc. that might stick to your wax or if your skis ice up)
Come see us at the Track N Trail table at the Birkebeiner 2019 Nordic Fair OR at the Event Start Area for updated waxing information