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    How to Crayon and Cork Hardwaxes

    1. Check your skis for grip zone markers. 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 will be roughly 45cm long but will vary a lot depending on how stiff your skis are (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 with wax remover and roughing with sandpaper.
    3. If the snow is icy or if you're planning on skiing more than 10km, apply a base binder.
    4. Crayon on a thin, even layer of hardwax over the entire grip zone. Use the wax tin like a marker!
    5. Using a cork dedicated to either warm kick wax or cold wax, (it's a good idea to have a couple of corks: one for warm wax and another for cold wax to avoid cross-contamination between sticky and not-so-sticky waxes) cork in the layer of wax. The goal is to make each layer of wax good and smooth. Some waxes will become transparent when they are adequately corked.
    6. Apply and cork 2-6 layers hardwax until you reach the desired thickness. With kick waxes for warmer temperatures, having thicker layers than you'd normally use is important to achieve the same level of grip. With each successive layer of grip wax, shorten the length of the layer until you're only putting a short layer underneath the toe.

    Tools for the Job

    • Rode Synthetic Cork
      Synthetic Cork
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      $6.00
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      $6.00
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    • Ski*Go Synthetic Cork
      Synthetic Cork
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      $8.00
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      $8.00
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    • Ski*Go Easy Cut Kick Wax Cap
      Easy Cut Kick Wax Cap
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      $12.00
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      $9.75
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    • Vauhti Sandpaper for synthetic cork (3 pcs) 80 (Coarse)|100 (Medium)|120 (Fine)
      Replacement Sandpaper for Vauhti's Sandpaper Cork.
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      $10.00
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      $10.00
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    • Ski*Go Grip Scraper with Sandpaper
      Ski*Go Grip Scraper with Sandpaper
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      $12.00
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      $12.00
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    • Rode Sandpaper | 80 or 100 Grit
      Sandpaper
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      $14.00
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      $14.00
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    • Vauhti Polishing Cloth | 10 meters|20 meters
      Polishing cloth for general waxing use.
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      $15.00
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      $15.00
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    • Rode Fiber Paper | 25m
      Fiber Paper
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      $15.00
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      $15.00
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    • Vauhti Synthetic Cork with Sandpaper
      A kick wax cork with replaceable sandpaper.
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      $16.00
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      $16.00
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    • Rode Wall Ski Holder
      Wall Ski Holder
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      $19.95
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      $19.95
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      Thermometer
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      $24.00
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      Apron
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      NordicWaxing Spanner
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      $125.00
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      Aluminum Waxing Table Bag
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      $170.00
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    • Rode Digital Thermometer
      Digital Thermometer
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      $198.00
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      $198.00
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    • Rode Kit Cross-Country Ski Form
      Kit Cross-Country Ski Form
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      $260.00
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    • Ski*Go Single Waxing Bench
      Single Form Waxing Bench
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      $295.00
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    • Rode Steel Profile
      Steel Profile
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      $430.00
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      $430.00
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      Double Form Waxing Bench
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      $499.00
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      Aluminum Profile
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      $530.00
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    • Rode Steel Waxing Table
      Steel Waxing Table
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      $580.00
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      $580.00
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    • Ski*Go Waxing Table
      Waxing Table
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      $599.00
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      Hygrometer
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      $750.00
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      Steel Table with Cross-Country Ski Form
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    • Rode Aluminium Waxing Table
      Aluminium Waxing Table
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      $900.00
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      $900.00
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    Safety Warning!

    In the application process of some ski wax products, you and others can ba exposed to dangerous dust, fumes or residues. With the correct safety protolcols in place, these risks can be mitiagted and waxing can be very safe.

    Safe Waxing protolcol:

    1. Always wax in a well-ventilated area. Outside is best. If you have to wax inside make sure there is some sort of air exchanger in place. Range hoods are best. Fans are better than nothing. Be sure to point out any lack of air exchanging equipment to the staff of any waxing facility or the race organizers.
    2. Whenever using any kind of heat in the waxing process (irons, heat guns, torches) always wear a respirator. Respirators that cover your eyes are best and check for a fluorocarbon rating on your respirator. Remember, the most dangerous fumes are not from powders but resins in grip wax and klisters. Wear a mask even when you are using non-fluorinated waxes since fumes from burnt paraffins are not OK to inhale. Respirators are required in the wax room.
    3. When creating any dust in the waxing process (brushing, scraping) always wear a respirator and gloves. Compounds in blocks, liquids, powders, klisters, and other hardwaxes can be absorbed through the skin. Wax companies keep their wax recipes secret so we have no idea what chemical compounds are present in most waxes nor their effects on the body. Always wear gloves while waxing to reduce your risk to negligible levels.
    4. People who are not waxing are not allowed in the wax room.
    5. Be sure to safely dispose of wax shavings and dust. Contained in a plastic garbage bag is adequate.

    With the proper level of adult responsibility, any wax can be used perfectly safely and with negligible harm to the environment. Follow the correct safety protocols whenever you enter a wax room and be prepared with the right safety equipment. Remember to enjoy your fast skis to the max!