Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lower East Bumblefuck
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This is only my second season tuning my own board, but I love Dakine Nitrous wax.
I picked up some Toko wax from a local shop because it was all they had. It does the job--the boards were nice and slick, but it was a pain in the freaking ass to scrape off. I don't know what it was, but it took me forever to get it all off, and then when I thought it was all gone, I scraped off more.
I also like the way the Dakine wax smells--and their base cleaner--but I'm a chick, and I probably shouldn't be inhaling that shit anyway.
I have a Swix iron with the temp. settings, and just a plastic triangle scraper. I think it's a Dakine. I just bought whatever was cheapest. I use plastic for scraping wax, and metal for p-tex repairs.
Swix files, and Swix edge and base tools. I bought one of those all-in-one tools and it blew, so I ponied up the dough for the separate base and edge tools. If you spring for something like this, be aware that they are sold in varying degrees depending on the specific angles you want to tune your edges to. If this is all confusing, take it to a shop until you gather enough info to work on your own edges. If you spring for all the stuff to do it yourself, you'll want a tuning vise, a diamond stone, and a gummi stone. All the goodies set me back a couple bucks last season, but I got my money's worth out of it. Probably tuned the equivalent of ten boards with supplies left over. But I spent a lot of time studying up on how not to fuck up my boards.
But since your biggest concern is wax... I'm on the east coast of the US, and my boards have all-temp on them now. I might slap on some cold wax if the temps get into the teens. I used all-temp last season and it worked fine. As far as how long it lasts... You'll be able to tell. When I start getting stuck on the flats, it's time for a wax.