Base Binder Application

Base Binder Application

Base Binder kick waxes are used as an underlayer for the grip wax of the day to improve durability. They're only used on waxable skis for classic technique. Binders have a tacky consistency and help improve how overlayers will stick to the ski base. If you plan on skiing more than 10km or if the snow is icy, it's a great idea to start by applying a couple of layers of base binder. In icy snow, it may be the case that a base binder on its own will give you the best combination of grip and glide! Some Klisters can be used as a base binder when you need a more serious level of adhesion.

How-To Video


1) Check your skis for grip zone markers on your classic wax skis. Kick wax is only applied to the zone under the binding of the ski leaving the tips and tails of the ski free for glide waxing. A good grip zone is between 45cm and 70 cm long but will vary depending on the stiffness of your skis (the camber). Your local ski shop can help you find your grip zones, or you can use the zones pre-marked on the sidewalls of your skis. Use a permanent marker to redefine your grip zones as often as you can and experiment with extending your grip zone further forwards or backward to find the right feel while skiing.

2) Prepare your grip zone by cleaning it with wax remover and roughing it with sandpaper. If you're unsure how to do this, check out the instructions here:

To prevent grip and glide wax from mixing, you can use masking tape to separate your grip zone from your glide zone.

3) Crayon a layer of base binder over your entire grip zone. If you are using a Klister binder, dab a thin layer in a Chevron pattern.

4) Using a heat source such as a 'kick wax only' iron, heat gun or torch, smooth out the base binder. If you are using a heat gun or torch, use a cork to smooth out the base binder. If you are using an iron, make sure you only ever use that iron for kick waxes. Have another iron for glide waxes only to avoid cross-contamination.

5) Let the base binder cool for a few minutes. Set the ski outside to speed up the cooling.

6) Once the base binder is cool, apply another layer. Usually, two layers of base binder is perfect, but 1 or 3 layers might be better depending on the camber height of your wax pocket or the snow conditions. When using base binder alone as your wax of the day, repeat 3-6 times.

7) When the last layer has cooled you are now ready to apply the kick wax of the day on top!

Wax & Tools for Base Binder Application

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Ski Waxing Safety Measures

When applying ski wax products, it's crucial to prioritize safety to minimize exposure to potentially harmful dust, fumes, or residues. By implementing proper safety measures, you can enjoy a safe and successful waxing process.

Follow these Safe Waxing Guidelines:

  1. Choose a Well-Ventilated Space: Opt for outdoor waxing whenever possible to ensure proper ventilation. If indoors, make sure there's adequate air exchange, such as using range hoods or fans. Notify waxing facility staff or race organizers if ventilation is lacking.
  2. Use A Respirator: The ski waxing process produces smoke, dust and fumes. Respirators that cover your eyes are best and check the cartridges for a fluorocarbon rating. Be mindful that smoke from waxing irons & waxing machines, dust from scraping and brushing, evaporating solvents in liquid waxes, dust from wool-apply waxes, and fumes from heating grip waxes and klisters are all present in the wax room. 
  3. Minimize Skin Exposure; Wear Gloves: Chemical compounds present in various wax types can be absorbed through the skin. Wearing gloves not only keep your hands clean, but it is essential to reduce exposure to potentially harmful compounds.
  4. Limit Wax Room Access: Ensure that only authorized individuals involved in the waxing process are present in the wax room.
  5. Proper Wax Waste Disposal: Dispose of wax shavings and dust responsibly by collecting them in a plastic garbage bag.

Prioritize Safety for Your Well-Being and the Environment

With a commitment to responsible practices, any wax can be utilized safely while minimizing harm to both your well-being and the environment. By adhering to the recommended safety protocols every time you enter a wax room and equipping yourself with the appropriate safety gear, you can confidently achieve optimal results and fully enjoy the performance of your fast skis.

Remember, your safety is paramount, and responsible waxing ensures a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Enjoy your skiing adventures to the fullest!