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Kick Waxing

Only waxable classic skis need kick wax.

Kick wax is also known as grip wax. It’s applied to the base of waxable classic skis in the area roughly under the binding. The area of the base where you apply kick wax is called the wax pocket or the kick zone.

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Smart Ways to Save Money on Gear

We recommend you buy the best gear you can afford because there are performance advantages to quality gear and you definitely get what you pay for.

But you shouldn’t spend money you don’t have and we know everyone has to work within a budget. What follows are the best ways we know for saving money but still enjoying quality equipment.

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Buying Advice

If you want to ski the way we describe here on the Cross Country Ski Technique website, you should buy the best race equipment your budget will afford and buy it from a real cross-country ski shop, not a general sports store.

Don’t choose the “best deal”, choose the best gear you can afford. Think of the cost as being spread over many, many ski days, over many, many years, and you’ll know that investing in high quality gear is something you’ll never regret.

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How Cross Country Skis and Wax Work

Summary: Kick wax is applied to the base of a waxable classic skis under the foot. Glide wax is applied to the tip and tail of classic skis and along the entire base of a skate ski. Sometimes incorrect ideas about cross-country ski wax become popular. In our region, for example, many skiers think Swix Polar wax is […]

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