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Race Wax Recommendations

Here you can find our wax recommendations for races across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the rest of the midwest. Keep in mind that we may update these as we get closer to the day of a race, based on changes in forecast and results of our own testing on race trails.


Race Date Base Paraffin HF Topcoat Kick Wax Based On Last Updated
Vasaloppet USA 2/9

Star MAP Black


Swix HF4BD

Start LF08 + Start HF80

Start SFR 75 (Ironed in) + SFR 92 (Corked)
  1. Toko Base Green Binder Or Swix Green Base Klister Spray (for greater durability) 
  2. Start Racing Oslo -  Green
Current Testing Thursday 2/6
Pre-Birkie 2/8 Swix CH4 Mixed Start LF08 and Toko X-Cold Powder NONE
  1. Toko Base Green Binder
  2. Swix V05 Polar Kick Wax
Forecast Thursday 2/6
City of Lakes Loppet Sprints 1/31 Start LF08 Start HF80 NONE N/A Testing on Loppet Course Friday 1/31
City of Lakes Loppet Classic 2/1 Start LF08 Start HF80 To be determined
  1. Swix Base Klister Spray
  2. Toko Base Green Binder
  3. To Be Determined Green Wax
Glide Testing on Loppet Course
Forecast for Kick
Friday 1/31
City of Lakes Loppet Skate 2/2 Start LF08 Start HF80 NONE N/A Testing on Loppet Course Friday 1/31


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