“ Brand: Toko / Type: Pocket applicator for ski wax quick repairs „
This wax is great as a quick fix or for in emergencies, but it really can't replace hot waxing.
Personally I think this is a great item to carry in your bag on a day out riding, because it works short term and can get you out of a slow and sticky situation.
Basically, the function of wax is to help keep the pitex (which is what the base of your board/skis is made from) from drying out. The reason that you slide on the snow is the base of your ski/board melts a tiny tiny amount of snow and you glide along this film. Wax helps smooth this process along and keeps your board/skis moving forwards. This makes all aspects of control easier.
Wax can only penetrate so deep into the pitex. The deeper it penetrates, the longer it lasts. The problem with the express wax is that you can't do anything to make it penetrate deeper and last longer. With a hot wax the heat of the iron opens up the pores in the base and allows the wax to penetrate in. Leaving the wax to cool before scraping it off gives it time to soak in.
Express wax is certainly much cheaper than getting a hot wax done professionally, but it's probably false economy because you'll need to apply more almost ever day. I've found that if I wax my board with express wax then it's really fast and responsive in the morning, but towards the end of the afternoon, it's getting pretty sluggish.
Even so, express wax is a total essential to have. It's great for evenings when I have work in the morning and I REALLY can't be bothered to go out to the garage to hot wax or to just have in my bag for if snow conditions are a little poor to give my board an extra kick.
Express wax is certainly really easy and really fast to use. You just brush it on (theres an applicator in the pack and everything) leave it a few minutes to dry and you're ready to go. It's also so much tidier than hot waxing because you don't need to scrape afterwards.
Unfortunately, there's not an 'eco' version of express wax; you can easily buy natural based hot wax.
And, I know this is really not that important, but I enjoy the fact that hot wax comes in different smells. Express wax just smells of wax.
Finally you have repaired all the damage to the base of your skis. You are near the end of the procedure to prepare your skis for the new season. All you have to do is to apply a new layer of wax to the base of the skis to enable them to ride smoothly over the piste (or off-piste if you are so inclined).
Ski Racers have a whole range of ski waxes that their technicians apply according to the type of snow (or ice) that they are likely to encounter during the course of a race. They are interested in trying to shave off a microsecond here and there; we recreational skiers don't have any such concerns and so don't need such ranges of waxes. Also, wax for race skis generally comes as a solid block and is melted onto the base with a special heated iron.
Wax does wear off as skis are used. It needs to be regularly refreshed during the course of a skiing holiday. I use a wax which comes in a semi-liquid form; I use the very convenient Toko Grip&Glide Express Pocket Wax Applicator. You can buy one of these on the Web for between £10 and £15. Once again, I'm still using the one I bought years ago, so they do last, even with regular use.
The applicator has two ends. Under a pull-off cap at one end it has a sponge with a delivery valve in the middle. You press the sponge down onto the base to depress the valve and an amount of liquid wax is delivered. You then use the sponge to spread the wax over the surface of the ski base in as even a film as possible, not to thickly. Allow this to dry for around five minutes or so.
You then replace the cap, turn the applicator over and remove the cap from the other end. Beneath this cap there is a felt pad. You use this to smooth down the wax so as to leave a smooth, even layer of wax on the base. But, of course, what you've now done is fill in those microscopic little grooves that you so carefully created with your rasp in the previous step. The final step therefore is to lightly brush the base with a fine bristle nylon brush, to clear out those grooves.
And that's about it. When you're on holiday, at the start of each day on the slopes (so that the skis have had a chance to dry out and warm up a bit) simply repeat the same procedure so as to ensure an enjoyable time on the pistes.
All that's left now is to ensure that the edges of your skis are in good condition and with a good edge so as to enable you to tackle the ice on even the most challenging Black Runs.
To be continued...