Temperature-Specific Waxes

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What is the purpose of cold weather waxes?

Temperature-Specific Waxes

Did you know that different weather conditions might require different types of ski wax? Although the universal waxes are usually suitable in a wide temperature range, skiers that desire optimal performance in all temperatures and conditions may want to consider a temperature-specific wax.

  • Cold ski wax is most suitable for snow temperatures of
    approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) and below. It is composed of a mix of paraffin and synthetic paraffins. You will notice that cold wax has a harder texture than all-weather wax. That's because hardening agents have been added to the mixture. This makes the wax more durable and resistant to the abrasion that is sometimes the result of the sharper snow crystals you find in cold weather conditions.
  • Midrange wax is most suitable for snow temperatures between 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) and 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius). This mid-temperature wax does a good job at neutralizing the effects of moderately dry and wet friction.
  • For optimal skiing in snow temperatures of 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius) and above, consider using one a warm weather specific waxes. It is a softer wax that is composed of a mix of paraffin and silicone. Additionally, hydrophobic additives make this type wax water-repellent. Warm temperature wax is best for neutralizing the effects of wet friction.

   

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