Question Preventing snow sticking to topsheet

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  1. webberchoked

    webberchoked Active Member

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    Anyone have a tested way of preventing snow from sticking to the topsheet? I'm sick of constantly pushing snow off my skis while skinning.

    I have found this stuff from dynafit. Does it work? Are there cheaper alternatives that people have tested and are known to work?
    http://www.dynafit.com/en/topsheet-anti-stick-spray.html

    RainX doesnt seem to work, nor waxing.
     
  2. skifree

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    Don't look down.
     
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    Snake Oil
     
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    Silicone spray can help.
     
  5. webberchoked

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    Any particular brand you use?
     
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    Water repellent from any auto trader.
     
  8. Richard

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    Mr Sheen

    cheap, works

    but needs regular application
     
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    Yeak that should work, its pretty much silicone anyway, Rain-Ex or similar.
     
  10. tele-whippet

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    Shouldn't be an issue ATM!
     
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  11. Richard

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    Rain-Ex is great
     
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    Of course it is, my dad invented it.
     
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  13. webberchoked

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    try lanolin spray
     
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    The top sheet of Head Galactics seem to shed the snow pretty easily, I bought them for +1 as she benefits from the light weight.
     
  16. climberman

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    Serious?
    I always remeber a night my Dad had to buy some when it was PISSING down on the Hume.
     
  17. CarveMan

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    I should ask him - he invented something called Rain Kote back in the 70s, which did the same thing, but he sold it as his business was cosmetics not household etc chemicals, even though he is a very talented chemist. I think Rain Kote became Rain X but my recollection is musty.
     
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  18. piolet

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    Neato it's great stuff.
    We used to use some horridly toxic repellent on windshields, rainboe fluid or something - shit was amazingly effective but environmental and ohs killed it.
     
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    Another one for Mr Sheen.

    It works and is easily accessed. I'm also told it can polish furniture.
     
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    I've been trying mr sheen lately and it works like a thin silicone spray.

    Also good to put a light mist around your ski boot bases and never get snow stuck under the boot.

    About to try swix f4 rub on with the foam applicator on sides and top sheets to see if it out performs silicone/mr sheen.

    Doesn't hurt to spray silicone at the bindings too.

    For longevity, Wurth make a thicker silicone spray that lasts.
     
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    Be careful as it could react with the grease - bindings are designed to be non-serviceable and the integrity of the grease is a big part of this.
     
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    Armorall works OK.
     
  24. Snow Blowey

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    Best method of avoiding this is to be last in line on the skin track. Get it packed in nice and firm by your mates up ahead. Take a camera and pretend to take some photos early on to slot to the back of the line. Then blame poor fitness for having to stay there.
     
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  25. iagreewithhim

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    Is this really a problem?
     
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    Just wondering if you encourage melted snow to run off topsheet as water do you run the risk of liquid water soaking your skin and then the much more painful scenario of clumping skins? Fix one problem and create another?
     
  27. art

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    I agree.
    I thought the OP was taking the piss.

    I would love for my skis to have snow on the top sheet. Its a good sign that 1) they arnt in the garage and 2)the snow isnt a sheet of ice.
     
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  28. Bloke

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    Surprised you didnt also mention the awesome top sheets on DPS. Something about the surface on my wailers: they shed snow like water off a duck!
     
  29. Bloke

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    Because... Why fork out twice the cash on skis that are half the weight, to carry a kg of snow on each ski up the mountain
     
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    Yeah they do. Thanks for pointing that out;)
     
  31. Richard

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    I got the tip from a mountain-biker -- spray your bike with Mr Sheen and mud don't stick so much. I now use if for everything, curtain rods, fishing reel's, pimples (does not sting like windex).. etc.
     
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  32. skifree

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    Has anyone tried WD40?
     
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    Drone fixes this right @climberman ??
     
  34. webberchoked

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    ditto.
     
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    more suggestions
    cooking oil spray, glob stopper.
     
  36. climberman

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    By fix you mean 'allow the driver to select the cleanest line down after' :D
     
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    Petroleum based so not so great for plastics over time.
     
  38. cin

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    This thread reminds me of someone I knew who liked to surf
    but didn't like getting wet
     
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    I find if you snort it from the hookers belly instead of buttocks, you are less likely for it to end up on the top sheet in the first place.
     
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  40. webberchoked

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    no it would be like if the water stuck to the surfboard and made it heavier hence making paddling around trying to catch waves far harder.
     
  41. cin

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    i learnt on the old school surfboards
    col smith single fin, about 6'10" when I was about 4'9"
    was like 35 layers of water on a surfboard made today and about 1/10 of the maneuverability
    easier to catch the wave maybe, so maybe that snow makes it more steady as it cuts the powder?!?!?!
    seriously, its such a non issue
     
  42. webberchoked

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    fine. non issue for you.
    an issue for me and many others by the obvious responses here and elsewhere.
    i actually think you dont understand we're talking about uphill performance here. carrying an extra kilogram, 2-3 vertical kilometres for 10 hours a day is a massive issue for me.
     
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  43. telecrag

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    Fresh snow balling up on the pattern bases, allowed you to climb more steeply, but adding a few extra kilos per boot, fk we used to hate it.
     
  44. cin

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    Look on the bright side, it will keep you fitter!
     
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    Ummm...they wax their boards. ROFL
     
  46. piolet

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    Nah thats what the training belly does
     
  47. skifree

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    The active ingredient is based on fish oil, but it maybe a synthetic equivalent now. Must look into this further.