A Primer on Ski Wax

If you cross-country ski, friction is your enemy. Minimize its fun-slowing effects and you'll go faster, farther, and with less effort. Ski wax is a crucial ally in this battle, so it's worth knowing the basics of how it works. First of all, ski wax comes in two varieties: glide wax and kick wax. For most skiers, the friction-reducing properties of glide wax make it the more important of the two; it should be regularly applied to every type of cross-country ski, including skate and so-called "waxless" styles...

This column originally appeared in the December online edition of
AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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