Me > > Proper (re)waxing in backcountry conditions is impractical
Peter Clinch >
> Kinda depends on your definition of "proper"... if you mean to race
> quality, absolutely, but if you mean to allow as good or better
> performance than a waxless ski then a lot of the time that doesn't need
> anything more elaborate than a few runs up and down with the wax tub and
> a few seconds corking.
Well, I meant my comment in the context of re-glide-waxing
scaled-bottomed backcountry skis to counter sticky snow
and icing up. If you simply rub wax to the scales, it tends,
among other things, to fill the spaces inbetween, thus
counteracting the function.
As described by Edgar, glide waxing scales properly
isn't that simple, although a not-so-perfect application
can still be very worthewile in case of icing. Silicone-
based anti-freeze liquid is another option, and one that's
easy to apply, but it tends not to last for long.
What comes to waxables vs waxless, as far as I'm concerned,
no waxing will make smooth bottoms perform as well as scales
in difficult (broken) off-track terrain. That's because grip
is essential, and scales give more of it. Like skins vs wax,
but less so, ie still having a useful glide.
Btw, applying kick-wax isn't necessary easy at low temps,
say, at -30C and below, when the wax seems frozen rock hard.
Sure, some somehow manage it though.