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Collection: Red Snow Conditions (Coarse, Packing Snow, +5°C to -5°C)

Red conditions occur when old snow or artificial snow enters the transition temperature range around zero Celsius. High humidity differentiates red conditions from violet conditions - if there’s moisture in the snow it’s red, if it’s dry, it’s violet. The track in red conditions tends to be corny, moist, and packs/glazes when skied over.

Friction Characteristics: Hard, rounded snow crystals from repeated freeze-thaw cycles can be quite abrasive even in higher humidifies so red glide waxes can be somewhat hard to combat kinetic friction. Dirt that gathers on the surface of older snow is also an issue. Dirt-repelling additives such as graphite, moly, or gallium can be quite helpful. Red conditions have a high humidity content, so highly hydrophobic waxes like pure fluoros, HF or LF waxes reduce suction between the wet snowpack and the ski base. Rills are often necessary to break up large water droplets and pert them out the back of the ski.

Kick Waxing: Since the snow crystals in older snow have lost their idealized snowflake pattern and are now rounded blobs of humid ice, kick waxes will rarely ice up in red conditions. This means a straight klister may not degrade your glide too much. However, a layer or two of hard wax on top of a thin klister will definitely give the best combination of grip and glide. Sometimes straight hardwax will work but often the humidity and rounded snow crystals mean hardwax can’t find a purchase.

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    mountainFLOW eco-wax Anti-Stick Spray
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  • Rode Low Fluor Red GLF-40 Paraffin (0C/-4C)
    Low Fluor Red GLF-40 Paraffin
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    Low Fluor Violet GLF-30 Paraffin
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  • Toko Bionic Performance Universal (10C/-30C)
    Bionic Performance Universal Angle 1
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  • Toko Express Rub-on | 40g
    Express Rub-on Angle 1
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  • Swix PS7 Violet, Melt Glider -2°C/-8°C
    PS7 Violet, Melt Glider -2°C/-8°C Angle 1
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  • Swix PS8 Red, Melt Glider -4°C/+4°C
    PS8 Red, Melt Glider -4°C/+4°C Angle 1
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  • Ski*Go XC Red Paraffin (-1C/-5C)
    Ski*Go XC Red Paraffin (-1C/-5C)
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  • Optiwax Glide Tape 1 (10C/-5C)
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  • Optiwax LF 2 Paraffin (2C/-10C)
    LF 2 Paraffin
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    LF 3 Paraffin
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  • Optiwax NF 2 Paraffin | 60g (2C/-10C)
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    LF Base Paraffin
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    NF 3 Paraffin
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  • Vauhti LF RACE WET Paraffin (10C/-1C)
    A mid-range paraffin for wet snow.
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  • Vauhti LF RACE POLAR Paraffin (-1C/-25C)
    A mid-range paraffin for very cold temperatures.
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  • Vauhti LF RACE ALL TEMP Paraffin (10C/-20C)
    A universal mid-range low fluoro paraffin.
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  • Vauhti GW UNIVERSAL + PARAFFIN (5C/-2C)
    A universal wet paraffin. Replaces the GW paraffins.
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  • Vauhti GW UNIVERSAL + LIQUID (5C/-2C)
    GW UNIVERSAL + LIQUID 80mL
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  • Rode R40 Non-Fluoro Paraffin (0C/-5C)
    R40 Non-Fluoro Paraffin
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  • STAR NF10 Solid Glide & Skin Wax w/cork | 50g (5C/-5)
    NF10 Solid Glide & Skin Wax w/cork
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  • Swix F4 Universal Paste Wax | 75ml
    F4 Universal Paste Wax Angle 1
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    Express Paste Angle 1
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    Express Mini Angle 1
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  • Optiwax Eco Glide Tape (5C/-20C)
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  • STAR SG20 WARM Solid EZ-Glide Wax | 50g (5C/-5C)
    STAR SG20 WARM Solid EZ-Glide Wax
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  • Gallium VIOLET LF Paraffin | 50g (3C/-4C)
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  • Optiwax Glide Tape 1 Wide (for alpine skis) (10C/-5C)
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE MID PARAFFIN (2C/-4C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE MID PARAFFIN An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for med conditions.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE COLD PARAFFIN (-1C/-10C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE COLD PARAFFIN An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for cold conditions.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE POLAR PARAFFIN (-2C/-25C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE POLAR PARAFFIN An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for very cold conditions.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE GRAPHITE PARAFFIN (-1C/-25C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE GRAPHITE PARAFFIN An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for dirty snow.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE MID LIQUID GLIDE | 80mL (2C/-4C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE MID LIQUID GLIDE An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for med conditions.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE ONE COLD LIQUID GLIDE | 80mL (-2C/-20C)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE ONE COLD LIQUID GLIDE An entry-level fluoro-free paraffin for cold conditions.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE SKIN SKI CLEAN and CARE LIQUID | 80mL
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE SKIN SKI CLEAN & CARE LIQUID A fluoro-free skin ski cleaner and glider.
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  • Vauhti PURE-LINE SKIN CARE BLUE LIQUID | 80mL (-2C/-20)
    From the Vauhti Fluoro-free PURE line. PURE-LINE SKIN CARE BLUE LIQUID A fluoro-free skin ski care glide wax for cold snow.
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