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Birkie Week Special Guests

Birkie Week at the Moon is always full of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. Outrageous sales…check; great camaraderie…check. We’ve even got some special guests you’re gonna definitely hang out with.

 

First up, is Leena Peltonen, CEO and Co-Owner of Rex Ski Wax. Rex is one of the most successful wax companies in Nordic, and with her at the helm, Rex has been on the cutting edge of wax technology. Leena will be in and out Weds. through Fri. talking wax, but will be sitting down with customers on THURSDAY FROM 3-6 for more of an in-depth audience.

 

Next, on FRIDAY FROM 4-6, JOIN GU Energy Labs for an inspiring and fun evening with ultra runner Rob Krar and cyclist Willie Stewart. Rob and Willie will both be competing in the Birkie on Saturday. Come learn how they fuel for endurance events. Enjoy beer from Angry Minnow and get a sneak preview of GU’s newest energy gel, launching March 1.

Lastly, on Sunday, New Moon invites you to be our special guests! Bring in your bib for a beverage and brat. Tell us your Birkie story, and enjoy some Birkie Love!

Can’t wait to see you here at New Moon over Birkie Week!

 

Trail To The Birkie Video Series, Part 2: Dakota

Next in our Trail To The Birkie Series we meet Dakota, up and coming masters elite. Dakota shares some training tips, why he loves classic technique, and a look at the twin Dale brothers rivalry.

If you missed Part 1 last week, take a minute to view that segment featuring Ashley Shuman HERE.

Enjoy, and let’s get Birkie Fever goin’!

Wax Report for Pre-Birkie

Weather Forecast:

Overnight low 19 below zero; late afternoon high 11 above. Race start is delayed until 11am so air temps will be warming into single digits above zero – expect some cold air in the frost pockets! Approximate start temp. 5 below zero.

Situation:

Cold, fresh snow; course has been moved to north of OO from Lake Hayward.
Kick Wax:
A winter of multiple rain evens means we’ve used a lot of klister; however, there is a lot of new snow from Wednesday and Thursday. Expect 6″ or more of fresh snow with the older, icy stuff piston-bullied and tilled in.
We recommend a very thin klister binder like Six KR20 or Rex Liquid Base Klister. Layer must be thin and shorter than the regular kick zone by about 3″ in front and 1 1/2″ in back. Allow to harden fully before applying kick wax.
Hard Wax:
one layer of Swix V40 Extra Blue, think and lightly cork to cover klister. The cover and go longer with Swix VR30. Make sure not to go too long or thick with the klister and V40. Cover with colder kicker and you’re good. Go long with the cover wax.
Other Options – Start Oslo, Rex pro Grip, Start Terva Green or Black. Binder is very important in this context.
Glide Wax:
Expect a generous helping of fresh powder; uphills should soften up during the race traffic. Some ice tilled in should increase speed on the flats and downhills.
Favorite glide waxes for cold: Swix LF4, Start Green, especially MF10, Rex HF 31, FastWax White, Vauhti Polar HF
Fluor Top coats of Rex Tk-73 or Tk-820 or Toko Jetstream Blue, Start SFR 75 will be possibilities due to mixed snow type.

The Future of Glide Wax is Liquid!

Glide waxing is in the midst of a revolution. Recent efforts by regulators and wax companies to be more environmentally responsible with wax formulation have led to a rapid evolution of alternative and new options to hot waxing. The thrust of these efforts  has led in the direction of liquid or semi-liquid recipes which drastically reduce the amount of base waxes and additives required to adequately treat a ski’s surface. Using alcohol-based suspensions rather than petroleum solvents and propellants, production is more environmentally friendly.

Benefits for the skier are substantial, too…

First: Liquids are easy to use. Basically spray or rub on, let dry a few minutes, brush or cork a bit, go ski!

Second: They’re fast. Glide is outstanding – right on par with traditional  hot waxes.

Third: They’re durable. A common assumption with liquids is that they’re only good for 5 or 10K. New formulas, when applied to a clean ski can potentially last far longer, with some even being developed specifically for long distance racing.

Fourth: They’re “Techy”. For the wax techies, just as with hot waxes, there are base waxes, mid-fluoros, High-fluoros, top-coats, and so on. There is as much diversity available as you already have in your wax box.

Fifth: They’re also not too “Techy”. That works, too! Just want quick skis? No problem – there are affordable, simple universal sprays and perform as well as a good hot wax. Again: spray, dry, brush, ski.

Sixth and most importantly: They’re Simple. Temp ranges are broad and forgiving, elaborate equipment is not needed, and time requirements are a fraction of that needed for hot waxing.

New Moon has been testing and evaluating liquids for a few years now and are pleased to share with you a collection of those which we like best. View our Performance Liquid Gliders Here.

We can also take a look at application techniques from our suppliers. Note: these videos focus primarily high-end liquids, but the concept remains throughout the price performance spectrum, from top-dollar race liquids to low-cost training liquids…

Jusso Luikkonen from Rex Wax of Finland on HF Race Waxes.

 

Jusso demonstrates Rex’s amazing Glide Cleaner and Prep Liquid. This product is the foundation of All of New Moon’s waxing service.

 

Start Wax From Finland on Start Ultra Gel

 

Vauhti Wax shows the similarity of application principles – apply, dry, brush, go skiing.

For the performance-minded skier or racer, having a clean and porous base is key to good liquid wax adhesion. A freshly stone-ground base is ideal for maximum benefit from liquids. New Moon tech, Dusty adds that a grind followed up with a liquid-based waxing regime dramatically reduces inevitable base damage from hot irons, cold weather hot waxes, and solid fluoros.

Dustin inspects a stone ground ski base prior to liquid wax application.

Frequent, follow-up cleanings with glide-specific cleaners like Rex Glide Cleaner, featured in the videos above, in optimal condition for wax adhesion and “primes”  bases with a penetrating,  hard paraffin wax which acts as the base wax for subsequent layers.

New Moon’s wax techs are excited to share their knowledge of the liquid wax revolution with you. Call or stop in for the latest scoop!

 

Birkie Wax Service: Plan Ahead, Have More Fun!

As we close in on one month ’til Birkie 2019, it’s time to get plans organized for a fast race and stress-free weekend. Part of New Moon’s annual Birkie tradition is aiding skiers with those goals. Birkie Wax Stress Syndrome, or “BWSS” is a crippling affliction that can render a skier unable to partake in and enjoy the pre-race Birkie festivities on Thursday and Friday. The Birkie Expo, Barnie, Barke-Birkie, and Giant Ski event are just some of the reasons you or your skier should forget about waxing decisions and leave the waxing to us! Leave the iron,  scrapers, the wax, leave all of it at home and enjoy your weekend!

Here’s the drill:

  • Purchase your Birkie/Korte/Haakon Waxing Service online HERE.
  • Be sure to get your skis to New Moon before we fill up.  Complete details online.
  • Pick up your skis, ski fast, have fun!

Rather than succumbing to BWSS, may we suggest catching a severe case of Birkie Fever instead!

 

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