Part 4 – Care & Maintenance
Skinbased™ skis maintenance
In order to maintain optimal performance, your Skinbased™ skis will require occasional care. There are two areas in particular that need special attention: the Unicoat base and the climbing skin.
Our skis come from the factory pre-waxed and ready for use out of the box. Over time though, you may notice a decrease in glide performance. This can be improved with the application of a quick (cold) wax or liquid wax. These waxes can be applied indoors or outdoors, and even during a short break in your ski day. Liquid base waxes and conditioners can also be used, but require indoor drying time before being ready for use.
Note: under no circumstance should hot waxes and irons be used, as these can permanently damage the Unicoat base!
Similarly, our climbing skins come ready to go straight from the factory. After much use, you may find the climbing skin beginning to absorb water or having a buildup of ice. Again, only use rub on (cold) waxes and liquid conditioners for treatment. Both the rub on waxes and liquid conditioners work the same way as they do for the base – the rub on waxes offer indoor, outdoor, and in-the-field application, while the liquid conditioners require a dry skin for application and indoor drying time.
To maintain the Unicoat base we recommend using Skinbased™ Warm Weather and Cold Weather Wax or, alternatively, mountain FLOW Quick Wax.
To maintain the climbing skin we recommend using Skinbased™ Calming Skin Wax or, alternatively, mountainFLOW’s Skin Wax Rub On or Nikwax Ski Skin Proof.
In order to keep your bindings functioning properly, we suggest that binding maintenance be performed regularly, and especially before any longer ski outing.
Binding maintenance is both quick and easy to perform.
1) Lift the orange lever and slide the heel unit back, removing it completely from the baseplate. Clean any debris from the heel unit with a cloth.
2) Lubricate the spring unit with silicone spray. Wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.
3) Clean the binding baseplate of any dirt or debris with a cloth.
4) When finished, slide the heel unit back into its position and lock in place.
5) Check that the screws of the toe and ankle strap buckles are not loose. If necessary, tighten using a #2 Phillips head screwdriver.