Selecting your wax is mainly affected by snow temperature. Remember that it is the temperature of the snow and not the air temperature. The only way to measure snow temperature accurately is to use a thermometer, however this is rarely practical, especially if you are servicing before your holiday!
Universal wax is designed for all snow conditions and covers the wide range of snow temperatures and types. This makes it ideal for anyone unsure of the conditions they will be skiing or boarding in. DataWax’s Universal is also designed to be extremely long lasting by having additives to ensure it stays in the base for as long as possible. Universal is ideal for all conditions, therefore does not offer the same level of performance as a temperature specific wax.
Using the correctly selected temperature wax will massively increase performance, however a difficult balance exists as the wrong wax can actually increase drag due to the structure of the snow and the wax being incompatible. If you are in doubt, we suggest using Universal or a wax slightly colder than you predict the snow to be.
The colder waxes are harder, therefore will not create drag against the snow surface.
DataWax manufacture three high performance and temperature specific waxes for use on snow in alpine environments.
These performance grade waxes are:
For -6 to -16°C, manmade and glacier snow
For -8 to 0 °C, mid season
For -2°C and warmer, wet slushy snow
We have various mixes available, depending on the season, as waxes may be combined for better effects. If you would like a selection of all three colours then there is a winter, alpine or spring mix containing 2 sticks of each of the three colours with an additional 2 sticks of the wax most favourable for the time of year.
All DataWax waxes contain fluorocarbons, which are very hydrophobic (repel water molecules). Our level of fluorocarbons are designed to increase glide and speed, however are not recommended for high level ski racing. Fluorocarbons are especially effective in wet or slushy conditions by repelling the water from the bases.