Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

MWC Monday 5/10k Classic and 5/10k Skate

Glide Recommendation:

Base: BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluor)

Main Glider: FHF4 (purple) or HF4 Red 

Powder: HF5 (formerly SFR40) 

Top Coat: HF11 (formerly SFR99) block. Could also be ironed in place of the powder. 

Kick Recommendation (if the skiing surface is new snow):

Base: Base (thin layer); ironed

Main Kick: FHF40 Purple hard wax

Kick Recommendation (if the skiing surface is mostly or all old snow):

Base: Base Klister (thin layer); ironed

Main Kick: FHF30  klister

Final Layer: FHF40 Purple hard wax

 

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Jan
19
2:30 PM14:30

MWC 15/30k Classic Races

Glide Recommendation:

Base: BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluor)

Main Glider: FHF4 (purple) or HF6 Purple 

Powder: HF7 (formerly SFR60) 

Top Coat: HF11 (formerly SFR99) block. Could also be ironed in place of the powder. 

Kick Recommendation:

Base: Base Klister (thin layer); ironed

Main Kick: FHF50 Universal klister 

Final Kick: FHF40 Purple hard wax

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Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

(Pre) Testing Notes; Friday January 19.

(posted 8am, Friday January 19) 

Glide Recommendation:

Base: BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluor)

Main Glider: FHF4 (purple) or HF6 Purple 

Powder: HF7 (formerly SFR60) 

Top Coat: HF11 (formerly SFR99) block. Could also be ironed in place of the powder. 

Kick Recommendation (alternative 1; current "best guess"):

Base: Base Klister (thin layer); ironed

Main Kick: FHF30 Purple klister

Final Kick: FHF40 Purple hard wax

Kick Recommendation (alternative 2; potential "drier" option):

Base: Base Klister (thin layer); ironed

Main Kick: Oslo Purple

Discussion:

Thursday brought the first day of above-freezing temps that the trails have seen in about 2 weeks, but as of 5pm, there wasn't a lot of transformation of the snow, yet.   

The snowpack is quite deep on most of the course, and since we've been so cold for the last 2 weeks (-10c/14F or colder almost every night) I honestly think the snow will continue to act moderately "cold". With icy traces mixed with drier snow, it's critical to find a combination of a durable base wax along with some "protection" from the drier snow crystals; both for the kick wax and glide wax.  

Check back for more updates on Friday afternoon.   

 

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Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Pre Week Wax Suggestions

Here's the Start Simple kit of waxes that will get great results without making things too complicated. 

Base Wax: LF10 Green or BWLF

Main Glider: HF6 Purple

Fluoro: HF11 Block; soft enough to crayon-on thick enough to iron it for durability

Base Kick: Base Extra

Main Kick: Oslo Purple

Additional Kick Waxes if Forecast Changes Slightly: Uni Wide Klister, Oslo Blue, RF Red, RF Purple

For glide waxes, I tested 4 base waxes yesterday, with START BWLF (Base Wax Low Fluor) and START LF10 Green being the best 2. BWG (Base Wax Graphite) was really slippery feeling at slow speed, but was definitely slower at higher speed. BM6 which is usually my "go-to" for artificial snow, was OK, but not as good as either of the top 2 in slow or high speed glide. 

Based on the forecast for the rest of the week, I'd be pretty comfortable recommending START BWLF as the base layer at least for Saturday, Sunday and Monday's races. 

For kick wax, I'm guessing a little, but based on how the snow at Wirth usually acts, and what the forecast looks like for Saturday, it could be Base Extra ironed, Oslo Purple, final layer FHF60 Red (or FHF40 Purple for later starters). If it trends a little colder, maybe Oslo Blue. Generally speaking, the Oslo line is almost always in the mix at Wirth, even on the natural snow because of the layer of ice under the natural snow which gets exposed because it's often pretty windy at Wirth.   

I hope that helps guide your selection a little.  Finn Sisu (about 5 miles from Wirth), Hoigaards (about 10 min from Wirth), Pioneer Midwest, Gear West, and Boulder Nordic (each about 25 min from Wirth) have Start Wax in stock, too. 

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