SkiMD is proud to be the first, and for now the only retailer in the world to have the new fluoro-free waxes from DOMINATOR in stock and available for sale. You can visit our store or receive them in the mail. Last season we tested these waxes extensively before their commercial introduction with Masters and FIS level racers and they have been amazing; many of the testers posted their best competition results ever. With more than 30 years’ experience as a racer, coach and world cup technician I can recognize exceptional products and these American-made waxes certainly are. There are two distinct groups, the ELITE series and the FFC series. I have attached the info sheets from DOMIATOR for them, but here is some more detail based on my personal experience
That’s the highest performance line and contains six glide waxes (three for old snow and three for new snow) and three overlays. Like all the DOMINATOR waxes I have been working with, they work very well even outside their ideal temperature range making it very difficult to miss the wax. The mid-range waxes OS2 and NS2 were excellent at any temperature we tested. What is of particular interest to me is that the six glide waxes are available in both bar and paste form. Both the bar and the paste waxes apply very well with our Pro Glide system and both types have their advantages.
The pastes are very easy to use: Apply one thin coat, wait 30 minutes until the paste is almost dry, work it into the base with the Pro Glide (you will feel the Pro Glide sliding more easily as you keep doing it), wait for 15-30 minutes for the paste to dry completely, and brush well. These waiting times may seem longer than you are used to, but the solvent system has been chosen for best performance. This application protocol with slow drying and working it into the base before it is completely dry, allows better adhesion to the base and durability. This solvent system can form pastes with super hard waxes, making DOMINATOR the only company that offers extreme cold waxes in paste form. And the bonus is that the pastes are non-flammable and safe for air travel. At $1 per gram of paste ($40 retail value/40g) the paste is more expensive for the wax you actually leave on the base (remember that the solvent evaporates) than the bar wax, but it is still cheaper to get the complete six wax paste set because the bar waxes come in large 100 grams and retail for $120 each.
The bar waxes are cheaper than the pastes (per gram of wax left on the base), but costs you more up front because of the larger size of the bar. It also takes four or five rub and buff cycles to apply the bar and the paste only takes one. It takes a lot of effort to rub on the hardest waxes (OS1 and NS1), and with the OS1P and NS1P pastes it is quite easy. But if you prefer to iron wax, the bar waxes are what you need. If you prefer to iron, the ELITE waxes need a much lower temperature than hot waxes from other brands (maximum iron temperature of 135C, at least 20C lower than comparable waxes from other companies), but still, be very careful ironing in the very hard OS1 and NS1. Crayon enough wax to get a thick coat on the base, then make two passes with the iron at under a minute each. Be very careful: High iron temperatures can cause damage to the base (the base I worked so hard to make perfect) that is often invisible. Keep the iron moving and under no circumstances get the iron so hot that the wax smokes. Scrape immediately after ironing.
These waxes have been on test with a number of national Alpine, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, and Snowboard teams and they all reported outstanding performance. They are ideal for the top athletes who compete in the World Cup, NorAm, NCAA, Masters and FIS, and for fast junior racers.
The FFC series contains four waxes, a base prep, two glide waxes (one for normal and one for cold snow) and a two bar overlay kit (one for wet snow and one for colder snow). It is a simple and very effective system, and relies on nanotech for water repellency. It is ideal for training at any level and for junior racing. FFC waxes are excellent value for money ($37 for a 100g bar, $50 for the overlay kit) and the glide waxes can be applied by iron or with the Pro Glide. The base prep is best applied with an iron for hot scrape cleaning and base conditioning, using the lowest temperature setting, 120C at the most. The rub on kit can give a big performance boost even to a basic shop wax.
FFC waxes were used in competition by NCAA teams in the spring of 2020 with excellent results.