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Weekend wax recommendations

Thu, Jan  29, 2009 - By Mike Muha

Wax recommendations, updated and amended as needed, so check back!

Race   Wax Recommendations
Saturday Jan 31
Michigan Cup Marathon, Hanson Hills   Fast Wax   Solda   Swix   Toko
Sunday Feb 1
Hanson Hills 12 Km Classic   Fast Wax   Solda   Swix   Toko

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SOLDA RECOMMENDATION, MICHIGAN CUP MARATHON:

Overnight low 2F.
Race start temp 12F rising to 21F at 12:00
Humidity 95% descending to 75%
New, cold, slow, lake-effect snow with 30% chance of snow showers during the day.

My best recommendation is as follows:

  1. Pick a pair of cold base skis with a fine grind that are not too stiff.
  2. Start by crayoning on a layer of SOLDA HC28.
  3. Cover this with SOLDA F15 Blue ironed and scraped. You could apply a second layer of F15 Blue or a layer of SOLDA F40 Green.
  4. Finish with the SOLDA HPO5/S30 50/50 mix. The humidity, snow temp and crystal structure all lead me to use the HPO5 mix. The S30 hardens the bases and helps maintain the glide for the long races.

A thrifty alternative would be a base of SOLDA HC28 and SOLDA F15 Blue. Add a cover of SOLDA S30 if you have it.

I hope you have a good race.

Bert Hinkley