Products You Need To Dominate At World Masters

MN Winter Must Haves

 

$25 range

RCF Pink: $19

This pink block of wax is hard and medium fluorinated which is great for all the man-made snow at Wirth Park. Your waxing strategy needs to be built upon a solid base that will resist abrasion from granular snow, which is exactly the type of conditions present at Wirth park the past few years. RCF Pink is a go to wax for World Cup technicians because World Cup races are regularly held on courses with man-made snow. This is a great wax for Wirth as long as the snow is not brand new. Patrick Moore is an awesome dude and one of the best techs on the World Cup... he shows how to apply this hard stuff:

Rex Liquid Klisters: $15

Thin to win right?! Well that is easier said when working with Klister. Rex has some new liquid klisters that apply easily with a sponge applicator. They are incredibly easy to use while keeping the layer of klister thin and mess free. No more klister running off the tails of your skis. We have found Rex base klister a workable solution in many conditions at Wirth as a base kick option and the Rex Gold... that stuff is just the best on artificial snow. 

 

$25-$100 range

Rex Hydrex: $85

Whenever I have great success classic skiing at Wirth Park it seems to involve me using Rex Hydrex.  

This is a gliding wax used to cover kicking waxes. If you are on Klister it generally speeds things up without sacrificing kick but make sure to always test it on your warm-up skis before shot-gunning it. It works awesome as a treatment for skin skis or zero skis.  Also, in warm temps it can be used on the gliding zones as well and I know for a fact it has seen high level success at the World Cup both as a covering wax for kick and as a glide top coat.

Swix HF5BW: $78

This is a go-to race paraffin for Wirth Park when they don’t have natural snow (most of the time). The workable temp range is huge for this wax at Wirth… 10F to 35F+. Most years they have mixed dirty artificial snow and HF5BW is near unbeatable in standard (unfortunately standard) Wirth snow conditions. If there is no new snow in sight, use this. The other standby that shines under these conditions is Rex RCF Pink.

Start MF10: $44

Natural snow in Minneapolis in January means only one thing… it is freaky cold (scroll to top of page for info on Pioneer Buff). My #1 tested cold natural snow race base wax for the Twin Cities is Start MF10. I have tried to beat it for years… Start HF10 comes close as do a lot of things but if you are looking for something that works all the time and does not cost a fortune, you cannot miss with this wax in super cold squeaky natural snow conditions. Make sure you have a cold profile ski and a super cold grind…. I like our SC0. Check out our stone grinding services.

Pioneer Midwest wax service: $85

Want to leave the waxing supplies at home for World Masters and have us take care of it all for you?. We have been skiing at Wirth Park for over 20 years. We know what works and more importantly we know what does not work. Whenever I have traveled the country and world I have had great success getting wax support and grind support from the locals because they know what works the best. Pioneer Midwest will be and are your local experts. Let us take care of your skis for you and we will prepare them for whatever the weather and Wirth Park throws at us for World Masters.

$100-300 range

Swix HVC Cold and Warm: $140

Speed without having to think about it. The Swix HVC liquids are super easy and extraordinarily fast on the artificial snow at Wirth Park. Again, I have tested a boat load of liquid waxes at Wirth and these are always near the top. I qualified top 6 in a Super Tour sprint qualifier a few years ago at Wirth on HVC and that is outstanding considering my history of sprinting. When the conditions are below 25F and artificial snow we use the cold version, and when warmer than 25F, we use the warm version. This stuff is super easy to use, wipe on, let dry 3min or longer, go race. An application of Swix HVC can last upwards of 15km. But careful in mixed new snow as they can be a liability, but when skiing on old snow grab the appropriate Swix HVC and go for it. The other staple liquid to try if the snow gets a little dirtier from heavy use is Rex Ruka.

Rex TK-245 $145.95

If I had to shotgun one powder for warm weather racing above 20F, this would be it. This wax has a Birkie win under its belt and it has been a no-brainer choice on the World Cup for years. It runs very well at Wirth Park. The other powder that always seems to be in the mix at Wirth in the artificial snow is Toko Red 2.0

HWK 90mo50: $109

Wet and dirty snow at Wirth Park seems to happen more often than we would like. The HWK guys are always testing on the WC biathlon circuit and they race and test on wet, dirty, artificial snow all the time. This was my top coat at the Birkie 2 years ago and I have won a few Super Tour races at Wirth Park on this wax. It is easy to apply and a no-brainer in wet/dirty Minneapolis city snow if we get those conditions.

Swix Triac 2.5: $299

Want a top level pole without having to spend $500? This is your ticket. We have a lot of Triac 2.5 poles on closeout and it is the same shaft as the new $500 Triac 3.0. The difference is the strap and if you are keen on watching a lot of World Cup racing you may have noticed many of the best skiers in the world were using the 2.5 pole even after the 3.0 was released. Why? Well the traditional strap/grip with some real-estate to rest your thumb is very nice at a cost of only a few grams. Plus we think the graphics on the 2.5 are better.

$300+ range

Race Skin Skis:

Panic waxing, no more. Yes, a perfectly waxed classic ski with the perfect application will out perform a no-wax ski most of the time. But how often does that happen?! Even Norway screws up the kick wax- look what happened at Ruka this year. Klaebo won the men’s World Cup distance classic race on no-wax skis. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup race classic ski for when you or your wax tech miss the kick wax and you have no kick or too much kick and you start panic-mode 15 minutes before your race start? Think about how great it could be if you have a rocket fast skin ski with bomber kick, covered in Rex Hydrex waiting in case of panic. We stock every major brand of racing skins, just drop us a line if you want to order some anti-panic skis. Check out our Ski Request services.

Also, read about Brad’s skin ski experience at the Birkie!