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Wax Rec: Wasatch CItizen Series #4 2/10/2018

BNS Wax Recommendation

Wasatch Citizen Series #4
2/10/18

Event Information-

Wasatch Citizen Series 10K Freestyle race. Soldier Hollow, Utah. Race start at 10AM for kids, approx. 10:20AM for others.

Weather-NOAA forecast


Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.   

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. West northwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Recommendation:

Base Layer: Ski*Go LF Graphite

Race Paraffin: Holmenkohl Racing Mix Mid

Fluoro Powder: Holmenkol Syntec Race Mid

Topcoat: Holmenkol Mid08 Block

Structure: Finite L02

Test Discussion-

The snow should be mostly artificial manmade – with a chance of snow the morning before the race, with temps between 28-30. The question is whether or not we will actually get any new snow in the morning. If no new snow – then the Ski*Go waxes like Violet HF and Red HF would be a good bet. If there is new snow, the Ski*Go Violet and Red waxes might not be the best choice. To be on the safe side, Holmenkol waxes might be the best bet in these conditions – in particular the Red waxes (Racing Mix Mid is the new replacement for Matrix Red HF). If it is either colder or warmer than expected, it should still work well. Lately I have had great success with Ski*Go Universal HF – it has a temp range of -4F to 36F and works well in manmade, aggressive, mixed and grainy snow (that just about covers everything – i.e. universal). If the weather forecast is completely off – with warmer temps, then Ski*Go Yellow HF will be the best bet.

For fluoro powder – the Holmenkol Syntec Race Mid powders work really well in transformed snow conditions. Race Powder Mid works better in new snow. Ski*Go C44/7 powder works well for older grainy and artificial snow – so if the snow is more transformed and has a higher artificial snow content, this might be a good choice. The C105 powder also works well in either new or older snow in this temperature range. Again, if it is much warmer, especially if very wet, then Ski*Go C22 powder is the way to go.

For topcoats – again Holmenkol Mid08 block is best in newer snow. If the snow is older/artificial, Ski*Go C22 or C105 block might run well. It is always best to try topcoats out the day of the race.

                                                               

note: BNS imports Holmenkol and SkiGo waxes, and also sells waxes from Swix, Toko, Rode, Solda, Rex, Guru, Innovax, Magnar and others. We search for the fastest waxes for our customers and our testing is professional, objective and transparent. We make our best effort to test what we think is the best from each brand.  However, given that we are testing more options from Holmenkol and SkiGo, there is a bias toward those brands.  With this full disclosure, you can assess the legitimacy of our testing yourself. Visit Swix and Toko for their official recommendations. If you have any questions please contact us.

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