Oval Steel Brushes: These keep your
skis fresh and fast, and should be a essential part of your daily
base tuning procedure. They have only one drawback — they all
wear out quickly. Everyone makes one, but my personal favorite
for getting after it is the TOKO version ($50)
Sidewall Tools: I recommend the
FK Tools Swing Cut ($99) with the carbide file segments
inserted. Anyone can use this tool, and you can easily
adjust the “reach” onto the sidewall by moving the carbide segment in or out. The tool is effective for the second edge and bumper when rolled up on an angle.
Sidewall Tools for Pros: The Swing Cut is definitely in
my kit, as are these items. Together, I can handle any sidewall construction and gain
access to the side edge. The SKS Racing Combi ($110) is the gold standard, allowing one to angle the bumper and second edge easily and quickly when rolled up. The
Swix Sidewall Remover WC ($249) is best for carefully peeling the super-hard titanal
second edge on race skis once prepped, without touching the sidewall.
Roto Brushes: What makes a great alpine roto brush ($90
– $160 each for Holmenkol) setup? Width and diameter. The need for width is
obvious, but a larger diameter yields better wax removal results without remelting
the wax. Add a stainless steel handle ($124) that pulls apart for quick changes in
to the mix, and you’ve got the best system out there for alpine use.
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