Joe Gollinger owns Chi-Town Sports in Chicago.
I enjoyed the Alternative Waxing article ("What do dish soap, Lemon Pledge, and Rain-X have in common?"), and it made me want to tell my own story...
Last season I called Turtle Wax (a local Chicago Base Company) about developing a ski wax. An executive called back. He express an interest but ski waxing was not part of the Turtle Wax R&D at that time.
During are conversation I explained some basic waxing 101. He recommend a new Turtle Wax product called Nano-Tech Speed Wax. And their customer service department sent me a sample (guess the Chicago connection helped).
So it's the end of the season at our local golf course, ArrowHead in Wheaton, IL. I used an old pair of Germina Skis that have not been waxed in years! I spray some Nano-Tech Speed Wax on the night before; it forms a semi-clear white coating. I scrape lightly, than brush with both Nylon and Horsehair brushes. The bases looked like a new car in a show-room.
Anyways, the results were similar to what Glenn Goodman and Robin Luce found out in the article. The only difference? It appeares the Nano-Tech Speed Wax had longer durability than the products tested at the Nordic Fest. I skied at least a solid hour on the stuff.
That's about it. I don't claim to be a Wax Tech and my skiing sucks but I wanted to share this tidbit after reading the alternative waxing article on NordicSkiRacer.com.