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BNS Wax Recommendation: Home Ranch Roundup

Categories: Wax Reports | Author: SuperUser Account | Posted: 3/10/2016 | Views: 8338
March 12, 2016

Race Information

The Home Ranch Roundup is a new race for 2016 at the Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado. The ranch has its own nordic trail system that is usually private for guests of the ranch, but is open for the weekend to participants. This is a unique opportunity to ski amazing terrain!

On Saturday, there are 7km (classic), 15km (skate) and 42km (skate) races. Sunday, BNS staff members Nathan Schultz and Hennie Kashiwa host a clinic. The clinic is free to all racers. The Home Ranch has lodging specials for racers. See the Home Ranch site for details and registration.

Weather

from noaa.gov. Click here to get the latest update.

Thursday Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 41. Calm wind.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 22. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph.
Saturday: A 10 percent chance of rain after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind.

Wax Recommendation

This recommendation is based on testing on-site at the NCAA championships in nearby Steamboat Springs.

Base Layer - Ski*Go LF Graphite

Paraffin Layer - Choose One:

  • Holmenkol Matrix Black/Red or Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid
  • SkiGo HF Yellow
  • SkiGo HF Orange

Fluoro Powder - SkiGo C22 (iron 175C) or Holmenkol SpeedPowder Wet (iron at 175C).

Topcoat - SkiGo C22 liquid or Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08.

Structure - Holmenkol Cross Structure tool with two rollers. OR Finite Finish V03 or V05. Cover with L0025.

Kick - Wait for recommendation Saturday, but here are some suggestions:

Conditions will likely require klister, We will test kick on Friday and post updates and test again Saturday morning.

Base Layer:  
  • Guru Extreme Base Klister
  • Blue Klister (Rode Blue, Rex Blue, Guru Blue)

Kick:

  • Guru Extreme 39 Klister
  • SkiGo HF Yellow Kick
  • Guru Extreme 39 Hard Klister
  • Start Universal Wide
  • SkiGo HF Universal
  • Rode Multigrade

Test Results

Testing was done on snow Wednesday and Thursday morning at the NCAA venue in Steamboat.

Paraffin:
  1. Holmenkol Matrix Black/Red
  2. Holmenkol Racing Mix Mid (formerly Matrix Red)
  3. Holmenkol Matrix Yellow
  4. SkiGo HF Orange
  5. SkiGo HF Yellow
Powders 8:30AM Thursday
  1. Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  2. Swix FC8x
  3. Holmenkol Race Powder Mid (Mid 08)
  4. SkiGo C44/7
  5. SkiGo C22
  6. Holmenkol Mid


Topcoats 8:45AM Thursday
  1. Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08
  2. Holmenkol Speedblock Mid
  3. SkiGo C44/7
  4. Holmenkol Speedblock Wet
  5. SkiGo C22 Solid
  6. SkiGo C55/99 liquid
Powders 10AM
  1. SkiGo C22
  2. Swix FC8x
  3. Holmenkol Speedpowder Wet
  4. Skigo C44/7



Topcoats 10AM Thursday


  1. Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08
  2. SkiGo C55/99 liquid very close to SkiGo C22 Liquid
  3. Holmenkol Speedblock Wet
  4. Holmenkol Speedblock Mid
  5. Gallium Maxfluor liquid Wet
  6. SkiGo CM10 solid
  7. SkiGo CM10 Liquid


Test Discussion
Holmenkol Speedblock Mid 08 is a great wax, but it really surprised us today as it warmed up. This wax is fantastic in a lot of conditions, but generally a lot colder. It won our tests out of the gate by a lot early on, but it kept far ahead of everything else all through the day, even when SkiGo C22 liquid started to run fast. Mid 08 is especially good when there is new snow mixed on top of transformed snow and it is warming up, but today it crushed everything, even when it got wet. 
Our Holmenkol Mid Test powders once again dominated everything else all through the day, so we are excited to release these in the fall of 2016.


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