Waxing Wax Less Skis?

Waxing Wax Less Skis?

When we do our wax demos, it never fails that we get the question, "Do I have to wax my waxless skis?"

Well, yes and no. If you give me a minute, I will make you a waxless ski expert.

It is important to understand that classic Nordic skiing uses two types of wax: kick and glide. Kick wax is super sticky and helps you grab the snow; this allows you to plant your foot and propel yourself forward. Glide wax is the opposite of Kick wax, making your skis glide across the snow.

The term wax less is a marketing term used for a particular style of classic Nordic ski. This waxless term refers to the ski not requiring kick wax. You might have heard the term fish scales or skins. These employ some physical way of holding the ski to the snow, allowing you to push yourself forward. When the ski is moved forward, the waxless area moves easily across the snow; when the ski starts to go backward, the fish scales or skins grab the snow and stop the ski from going backward.

Enough about the term wax less. Do I need to wax the tips and tails of my waxless skis? If you want to work less out on the trails, absolutely. You climbed that hill. Should you miss the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labor gliding down the other side? Glide wax will reduce the friction between the base of your ski and the snow. I am allowing you to glide further and recover a little more.

This is where Fast Wax comes in with options.

Fast Wax manufactures all kinds of super slippery glide wax right here in the U.S. using U.S.-sourced materials.

A glide wax's job is to seal all the microscopic voids on your ski's base and provide a durable, slippery surface for your ski to glide upon. Fast Wax has been making glide waxes for over 26 years, so we know a thing or two about the science of speed. Using a U.S. supply chain allows us to use higher quality wax components instead of paying the sea captain to haul wax over here from Europe. Not to mention the smaller carbon footprint.

New to Fast Wax?

Understand, we spend too much of our time on developing new waxes and winning races than we do on marketing. To make up for this, we are going to offer a 20% discount on your next Fast Wax order. Just use "FastWax20" at checkout to take advantage of this. 

Our suggestions for a Fast Wax to use on waxless skis would be the following: (each is a link to the product in our store)

For anyone who wants to go faster and further across the snow, spend less time in the wax room, and save a few bucks loves Fast Wax.

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