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Wax and edge hire kit?

 Poster: A snowHead
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We're off to Austria in a couple of weeks, and hiring kit as we always do. This will be our 8th or 9th week on the slopes.

I'm wondering whether it's worth taking kit to improve the edge on a hire board. 2 reasons...

I'm keen to try to really tighten up my carving on this trip.

I've sometimes really suffered getting edge grip on icy conditions.

I'm sure both of these can mostly be solved with technique, but equally a decent sharp rail will surely help with a bit of grip.

So how good an edge does most hire kit have on it by mid season? Are most shops pretty reliable, or is it fairly likely to get something with a dull edge?

I haven't been away with anyone with their own kit to do a comparison in the past.

I've been working with timber for most my life, so can easily clean up an edge and could easily chuck one of the simpler diamond stones in my bag.

Bonus question: How sharp is sharp? Can anyone quantify it? Smile

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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
so a friend of mine did his university mechanical engineering degree on the "sharpness of a knife" I sure a copy could be arranged if you are really bored.
Most hire shops service kit between each hire - an edge won't last a week in hard conditions so just ask for a mid week service.
Sadly a service is not as easy as a you imply.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@BigSouthernJesse, It really depends on how much you pay for the rental, at least that is the way it works with skis. If you rent top end equipment you will probably be offered a free service or a free board swap(s). At the budget end you probably won't.

Equipment will (should) be serviced by the shop between each rental.
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Charliee wrote:

Sadly a service is not as easy as a you imply.

Remove any dings standing proud of the edge
Flat back the bottom face flush with the board base
Flat back the side face at 90° (or with a 1 or 2 degree bevel inboard if required)
Remove the burr and take the arris off.

What else should you do to renew an edge?

I will ask if they will do a midweek service if we are having an icy week. Deffo easier to let them play with it whilst I have a beer!
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.

Thanks for the offer, but I'll pass. Have enough navigation and weather forecasting theory reading for work at the moment thanks!
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