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Word From The Wax Bench...

Rex Clinic Recap

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting the Hecker family on behalf of Rex Ski Wax for a liquid wax clinic at the Samuel Johnson Nordic Center at OO (in our fancy smancy New Moon Wax Room no less!) Another perk of the job is that I was able to get out for a short bit to enjoy a bit of top notch spring skiing.
We sprayed, we brushed, we conquered. It was a great way to showcase what is turning out to be a paradigm shift in waxing. Jeremy Hecker led the demo, representing not only the Rex brand, but his new role as the Head Nordic Ski Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The event was well attended, and we had our hands full during the whole demo, waxing skis and getting everyone up to speed on how to apply these new waxes. The trail had just been groomed on Friday, so the skiing conditions were excellent. It was ideal spring skiing with a firm and fast deck, but not so icy that you couldn’t get an edge.
Later in the afternoon we headed back to the shop for a “happy hour” with some apres ski snacks, beverages, and further wax wisdom. It was a great event to host as a follow up to our success with Rex over Birkie. Thank you to the whole Hecker family, Mike, Connie, Chris, and Jeremy for being great partners and representatives, but also for all they do in the Nordic community in our region and abroad on the World Cup circuit.
We will definitely do this event again next ski season, so keep your eyes on our events calendar in the Fall. In case this was the last weekend of truly great skiing for the season, I hope you enjoyed this winter as much as I did! -Ian

Spring Skiing & Fat Biking?? Well, Yeahhh!

Friday, March 15, 2019:

We are keeping our fingers crossed here at New Moon for our favorite skiing and biking on the year. We seem to have weathered the big thaw, (no pun intended) with a lot of snow pack intact! Now we wait for temps to slowly creep back below freezing. As of this morning, brisk winds have locked in out of the NW are we even received a skiff of new snow overnight. Click below for the live video feed from the Birkie Start.

The weather forecast bodes well for weekend skiing and fat biking and continued good trails into next week. Regular freeze/thaw cycles are expected for the area. That will set up ideal trail conditions for both skiers and fat bikers:

Of vital importance, though, is that trail users – skiers, bikers, and snowshoers – watch the forecast and temps and get out EARLY on the warm days. Skis and bikes will leave irreparable damage if one goes out on soft snow late in the day. Stay off the soft trails!

NO NO NO! This bike and walker damage is nearly impossible for groomers to fix. Wait for the trail to freeze before you go!

Don’t miss out on the best trails for the winter season. Feel free to call New Moon or stop in the shop for the latest on our trail conditions. Users can also look at Birkie’s current trail updates for the scoop from the Birkie Grooming Crew. Birkie makes regular trail updates. Check this page often:

For fat bike conditions, CAMBA posts recent groomer reports as well:

 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – March Wax Specials

Ski into Spring with some awesome wax specials going on through March.

 

First up is Swix FC8XWS. Original MSRP was $109, now only $79 while supplies last. Joel says, “Super spring ski wax! Works well over liquid, ideally crayoned on and roto fleeced.” This block form provides exceptional economy, allowing dozens of applications when crayoned in lightly. Like powders, though, 8X can also be be ironed like a traditional fluoro powder, just be sure to apply more heavily before ironing.

 

And, do not miss Fast Wax’s Special – 20% off through the end of the month. All in-stock, Fast Wax products are on sale! Fast Wax is a uniquely local partner for New Moon, based right in Minnesota, unlike most European-based ski wax companies. They are celebrating 25 years in business, too – Happy 25! If you haven’t tried out Fast Wax yet, here’s a great chance to save a few bucks and give it a go! Long-time favorites are HSF Tan for snow in the upper teens and 20s and HSLF Extreme White  for sub-zero cold-spells. Also popular are the economical 500g Bulk Waxes, easy-to-apply HSP Paste Waxes, and the Ultra-Fine Steel Brush. Don’t miss this rare chance for 20% off!

2019 FAT BIKE BIRKIE Preview!

Oh yeah, it’s time for that annual, bouncy-tire, bike party we all know as the FAT BIKE BIRKIE! There are some new twists this year and even more fun, prizes, yummies to be had. Here are a few notable items. Lets roll with Joe V, Ben Popp and yours truly…

1. Bib pick and Expo – Great Hall, Birkie Start Area. New Moon will be on hand Friday and Saturday supporting our great partners TOKO Gloves,  GU Energy Labs, and new this year, Anderson’s Maple Syrup Pure Fuel energy food.

TOKO: Take advantage of great deals on premier TOKO fat biking gloves and accessories. Keep those paws warm & have more fun! Meet US TOKO brand manager, Ian Harvey, one of the nicest, most knowledgeable people in the world of aerobic winter fun!

GU ENERGY: Dennis Porter from GU will help you formulate an energy plan for your race day. GU features a wide variety of energy nutrition focused on aerobic athletes. What’s your race energy plan?

ANDERSON’S PURE FUEL: New Moon is proud to partner with Wisconsin’s leading Maple Syrup producer, Anderson’s. Pure Fuel is 100% pure, USDA Organic Maple Syrup specially packaged in convenient, biker and skier-friendly packets, like other popular energy gels. Pure Fuel is the natural (and yummy) way to fuel your race!

2. New Moon FREE DIY S’MORES TENT. That’s right – S’mores. We’re bustin’ out the fire ring and the marshmallows for some tasty, sweet treats. Why, you ask? Because we can! Look for the New Moon tent right outside the Great Hall Friday and Saturday. We can gather ’round the fire and share our race stories!

 

3. All new, non-competitive “10K FAT BIKE TOUR”: In attrition to the popular, 47K and 21K races, a fun 10K has been added for newer riders or those looking for a less demanding option. The Tour will surely be a hit! Don’t be fooled though, it’s still a hilly course!

4. Specialized Fat Bike Demo Tent: Just like candy, but you get to ride it. Test out some sweet, carbon-fiber, 1X12, FAT-TIRE goodness from global bike leader, Specialized. On hand will be FATBOY Comp and FATBOY Experts in all sized. Be sure to reserve a test time! 5. After Party Fundraiser: New Moon and Specialized have teamed up to offer a lucky raffle winner a 2019 Specialized FATBOY SE! This FATBOY is snow-ready with tubeless-ready rims, 4.6″ tires and a 1X drivetrain ready to gobble the steepest climbs! A $1600 value! Just one of many other great prizes to be given away or auctioned that evening! All proceeds go directly to CAMBA FAT grooming efforts. It will be a blast!

6. Free Beer and Brats With GU & New Moon. And if all this fun isn’t qiute enough, Stop in at New Moon Sunday to help us celebrate the launch of GU’s all-new, craft-beer-centric energy gel flavor, “Hoppy Trails”! We’ll be sampling the new flavor along with Wisconsin Brats and Beer from local brewmeisters, Angry Minnow Brewery – all for FREE! Our resident beer expert, Ian Finch, noted that Hoppy Trails is “…quite delicious and sure to motivate thirsty, beer-loving racers to the finish line!” See you at New Moon Sunday!

One last look at the amazing 2018 race:

Good luck and see you at the start!

– Chris

 

Get Out Of Your Wax Comfort Zone

This year has been really weird for fans of Swix or Toko wax. Wax has been out of stock and race wax recommendations have been scarce. Seems the US importer is stuck in some kind of legal jeopardy with the US Environmental Protection Agency. All we have at New Moon are assurances that next year will be better, and that each of the wax brands will get the EPA’s attention in their turn. 

In practical terms, this means your favorite brand or tech may be unavailable this race season. With Birkie coming up it is time to get acquainted with some of the other, lesser known brands that are available this season: Start, Rex, Vauhti.  Below I will call out some standout waxes that have been legendary at Birkies past. 

Joel says everything will be OK!

Start SFR75 cold fluor powder has been on winners’ skis many times in the last ten years, new versions are Start HF9 and FHF9. These are some of the best cold powders you can buy. Start Green glider has been super in the cold at all levels of racing for decades. There is an LF, Mid Fluor and High Fluor. Seems like the MF10 as the mid fluor green is now called is our local favorite.  

Start kick waxes have been taking share of Swix’s historical dominance now for a couple of years. The “Oslo” Racing line—Special Purple, Extra Blue, Super Green—seem to be a pre mix of hard wax and klister and have been saving weekends for years on the Birkie Trail. These waxes really help climb hills when the track is glazing or wetter than expected. This can happen especially when the trail has lots of skier traffic on race day. Start Terva kick wax is a nice kick and glide in fresh snow and the Extra Base Wax binder has been super reliable. 

 

Rex HF21, the new Rex Blue high fluoro, was my wax last year’s Korte and it was superb. I used the liquid, and my prep time was mercifully brief in an otherwise overbusy week. Just spray on and brush when dry. Likely it would have been faster with a layer of powder burned in but there were many other skiers’ gear to attend to. 

 

Rex TK-29 was maybe our most amazing wax job for service skis in, I think, 2012. We had fresh snow in the low twenties and lots of skiers set PR’s in what would have been slow and soft conditions. This powder is best 28-15F. 

Rex Pro Grip Kick wax is less goopy than the Start Oslo and is better when the snow is a bit drier but can handle some glazing. There are four waxes in this line up; red, purple, blue and green. Many high school races are won on Pro Grip Blue. 

 

Rex Liquid Klister. This is a lifesaver for the busy athlete or coach. Application is easy and fast and makes an excellent binder to hard wax. Currently three in the line: Base, Gold, and Special Red. I have used the Base and Gold on older snow and added the red in light rain or wetting up corn. Makes klister easy. 

 

Vauhti. This one is new for me. I have been using their liquids this winter and have had excellent luck with the LF Mid and UF Mid. Very fast skis, super easy application. Vauhti Carrot kicker and their Super Base binder have been bragged about for some time. 

 

So get out of your comfort zone.  Most ski shops have run out of many Swix and Toko go to waxes early on this year and we’ve have to learn some new tricks. Luckily the snow doesn’t seem to mind and if you get it right you will have a blast! —Joel 

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