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Old 01-12-2022, 08:07 PM   #1
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Auction bargains? Waxable x country skis

Picked up two pairs of Xc skis recently for $2.50 at an auction. They look to be in good shape - I switched out the bindings on one pair with those of a newer vintage. Now learning the ins and outs of glide and kick wax. Question? When do you know they need a complete stripping and pine tar rehab?



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Old 01-13-2022, 01:08 PM   #2
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Picked up two pairs of Xc skis recently for $2.50 at an auction. They look to be in good shape - I switched out the bindings on one pair with those of a newer vintage. Now learning the ins and outs of glide and kick wax. Question? When do you know they need a complete stripping and pine tar rehab?



I used to love my wooden waxable skis! I would strip when I started to see bare wood thru the pine tar. I had an old clothes iron I would use to give a base coat of wax over the pine tar. I'd use a very hard wax that would accept softer waxes as needed... What a art form and science waxable skis are! Enjoy!
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I looked up wood crosscountry skis on eBay...you did good! They are going for $50 to $180... I'll have to pull mine out of the garage and hang on a wall somewhere!
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:06 PM   #4
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Thanks Chairock - should be able to get through this season
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:09 PM   #5
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There's definitely been a resurgence of wood skis in the past decade or so.

Like anything, it really depends on the condition though. If they were properly stored with camber blocks and the tails kept dry, then they can be valuable. Some brands/skis more that others.

Like wooden canoes, a lot people prefer the feel and sound of these over modern "plastic" skis. They claim they are smoother and quieter. YMMV.
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Old 01-13-2022, 10:18 PM   #6
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You can search up a wood ski thread on Telemarktalk.com, however most of the guys there cite either woodskis.com or woodenskis.com. The guys on TT speak well of the wood skis site.
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