You know edges are really sharp if you take your fingernail and lightly strike it across the edge (not up and down the length of the edge, but across it) at a 45 degree angle and if you see a shaving of your nail left behind, the edge is SHARP. When feeling your edges, always use your fingernail, never your skin.
How sharp should my snowboard edges be?
A standard edge tune is 90 degrees, though for more aggressive carving or hard snow you might opt for 89 degrees or less. (If you’re really serious about your edges you can even adjust the angle of the base edge too, though this level of precision is usually the realm of racers).
How do I know if my ski edges are sharp?
Check for ski sharpness by dragging a fingernail across your edges. If the ski edge scrapes away some fingernail it’s probably sharp enough. If your edge is dull, sharpen following the side edge tuning procedure below.
Do I need to sharpen the edges on a new snowboard?
you do not need to tune/sharpen your edges. this is done from the factory. do not detune your edges if your not riding park.
Where do you sharpen snowboard edges?
You should only sharpen the concave section of the edge. To see where to sharpen more precisely, place your board right way up on a flat surface, the area you want to sharpen is between where the board touches the ground at the front and back (assuming you have a regular camber board).
Can you put too much wax on a snowboard?
You might think leaving some wax on the base of the snowboard is going to make you go a bit faster on the hill… but no, you’re WRONG! Leaving excess wax on the base is actually going to dry the base out quicker.
How do I know if my snowboard needs to be waxed?
You can tell when your snowboard needs to be waxed simply by how it feels, as well as how the base looks. If you notice that your board is slowing down, particularly on flat sections, or that the base is looking white and dry then it’s probably time to give it the wax treatment.
How often should I sharpen my ski edges?
If you ski 1-2 weeks per year then professionally sharpen your skis annually but use a handheld file to remove burrs or nicks in the edge every 1-2 ski days. Your side edges will require more filling than your base edges. If you ski more than 2 weeks per year consider professional sharpening twice a season.
Are 10 year old skis still good?
Once your skis get to the 5-10-year-old age they are still considered modern, but you may not be getting the most of their performance or could be forced to work harder than you should to get the same level of performance out of them.
Can ski edges be too sharp?
If you’re experiencing such jerkiness, your skis’ edges might simply be too sharp. They will improve as the edges dull, but waiting until they dull is frustrating. Take them back to the shop, and ask the tech to dull the edges with emery paper or a gummy stone.
How long does factory wax last on snowboard?
Regardless of the brand, a factory wax lasts about a week on snow, more or less depending on how it’s factory waxed (rub on or hot wax), what the snow conditions are, and how much park features you ride. If you’re a rail slayer, 1–3 days as most of the wax will come off onto rails and boxes.
How often does a snowboard need to be waxed?
We suggest waxing your snowboard every three or four times that you go riding, and even more often if you are doing it yourself. There are a few ways to check your snowboard’s base in order to tell if you need a hot wax. A dry base will start on the edges of the bottom of your snowboard.
What happens if you don’t wax your snowboard?
Snowboard wax coats the bottom of the board to provide protection and to repel the water from the snow which allows you to glide better across the snow. If you don’t wax your snowboard you will not be able to ride as fast and your board will not be protected and at a higher risk for rust and abrasion or damage.
Can I use a regular iron to wax my snowboard?
Yes, you can use a traditional clothes iron to wax skis or a snowboard, but there are some things to be aware of. First, don’t plan on using the iron on your clothes again – you’ll almost certainly ruin them with wax.