Today’s reader question:
Do you need to wax a brand new snowboard? The guy at the shop said it was already waxed at the factory. Also, anything I should do before using it?
Okay so firstly…
1) Do you need to wax a brand new snowboard?
Snowboard’s do come pre-waxed from the factory, although factory wax jobs aren’t all that great and if you care about waxing, you probably want to do a proper wax job on your snowboard before you use it.
There’s waxing guides located here (ps – look at the 2nd link for information on layering ‘base prep’ wax which you might want to do since it’s a new snowboard… if you’re not feeling too lazy that is ):
Do note, you don’t *have* to wax a new snowboard. A lot of people never wax their snowboards.
You might go a little slower, and your snowboard’s base might not last as long, but waxing isn’t compulsory, although I do recommend waxing regularly.
2) Optional: De-tune your nose and tail
Okay, so this step is completely optional, and some snowboards even come pre-detuned these days, but it’s something I do with all my snowboards before I use them.
You may notice that the nose and tail of your snowboard have sharp edges. The thing is, you don’t use either area when turning and factories actually put edges there because it’s the cheapest way to make a snowboard’s edge.
To remove them so you never accidentally catch on those edges when riding, you can ‘de-tune’ them. There’s a blog here on just that:
- How to de-tune your snowboard’s edges
- How to bevel your snowboard’s edges (ps – this second link is more advanced, you don’t have to do this at first)
Hope that answers your question and enjoy your new snowboard!