What is NOTwax
Where can I buy Zardoz Products?
There are many online and brick and mortar specialty stores that sell Zardoz products. You may consult our “where to buy” link on this website. If you are not having luck there, you should contact the distributor listed for your country. If there is no distributor listed for your country, there is a good chance that you will not be able to obtain our products. We highly recommend contacting the store prior to traveling there as our website cannot accurately predict inventory levels.
How should I use NOTwax when using climbing skins?
NOTwax is an inert liquid, so it will not affect the glue of your skins. However, if you put it on right before your skins, the base will be somewhat wet with NOTwax and the skins will have trouble sticking. It's best to apply NOTwax at the top of your climb after pulling your skins off. Otherwise, just polish the base after applying NOTwax with a tissue or shirt sleeve and then attach your skins. NOTwax can also be used as a quick fix on the skin material to reduce icing (this is how we originally discovered it), on the top sheets and binding plates to reduce snow build up, on sleds, squeaky bindings, stuck twist lock mechanisms, and any other moving part. It’s a great multi-purpose lubricant for every backcountry skier’s tool kit. It works extremely well on the furry side of the skin to help prevent the buildup of snow and ice. As far as the glue, NOTwax is completely inert, so it has no reaction or interference with the glue. However, trying to stick anything to a wet surface is difficult. What we recommend is that people apply NOTwax after they take their skins off and they're getting ready to ski. Otherwise, if they apply NOTwax first, they should buff their ski with a tissue to make sure there is no wet residue of NOTwax before applying their skins. If they are doing "yo-yo" skiing (where you climbing up with your skins, ski down, then climb up again) the NOTwax that they applied at the top run will be sufficiently polished by the time they get down, so that there won't be any issue of applying their skins for the next run.
Will NOTwax interfere with P-Tex Repairs?
NOTwax is a completely inert substance, meaning it cannot physically interfere with the bonding process of wax or p-tex to the base. Crown Plastics, the largest US manufacturer of snowboard base material, actual blends NOTwax in with some of their polyethylene bases at the factory. A large number of racers use NOTwax as a base layer, wax over it, then apply NOTwax again. They find the wax actually bonds better over a base layer of NOTwax. Before repairing a base that has been treated with NOTwax, just clean the area with a base cleaner (ideally a citrus cleaner) and proceed as normal. The NOTwax shouldn't cause any interference in the bonding process.
My base feels “sticky” on the snow – is this normal?
Sometimes there are particular snow conditions where it can feel sticky - normally if the snow is really cold and dry or extremely wet. There are just some snow crystal shapes that stick into the surface liquid of the NOTwax and create drag. If that happens again, just polish your base with a tissue or shirt sleeve, and it should immediately take care of the problem. In some cases, the temp and humidity is just too low to effectively use NOTwax. These are not typical conditions for most resorts. The other possibility is if your base has been abraded by the snow (looks dry, white and fuzzy). This is caused by the friction of the snow and is like having Velcro on your base. This can be repaired with a stone or belt grind. To prevent it from reoccurring we recommend occasionally hot waxing for extra protection, then use NOTwax every day in between.
How do I remove NOTwax?
You can use a standard base cleaner (we recommend a citrus cleaner) or do a hot scrape to remove NOTwax. However, a lot of racers like to use NOTwax as a base coat, hot wax, then do an overlay of NOTwax. We call this the Felix Process. Some shop techs have complained that NOTwax is difficult or impossible to remove from a base thus making hotwaxing difficult in the future. Our belief is that if you use a base cleaner, this should be sufficient to cleanse a base of NOTwax. Also, if you are against base cleaners (as many techs are), you can simply hot scrape. This will draw out the majority of the NOTwax. However, mixing residual NOTwax with new wax is similar to laying down a coating of fluoro wax and will arguably make the wax perform better.
How do I join the Pro Rep or Zardoz Athlete Program?
You might have heard of our Pro Rep program in the past, however we do not currently have a formal program. Mostly, we are seeking athletes who will compete frequently and represent the brand at events. We would like photos and results updates so that we can promote your performance on our website. In turn, we will support you with product. If you are interested in becoming a Zardoz Athlete, send us an email to bcoleman (at) zardoznotwax.com with information about where you participate, what you typically participate in and the accomplishments that you are most proud of thus far.
Do I have to either hot wax or NOTwax or can I do both?
NOTwax works well on its own. Traditional hot wax works well on its own. Our testers (which include many racers and competitors) have learned that when used together, NOTwax can enhance the performance of traditional wax.
Does NOTwax dry out your base?
NOTwax chemically cannot dry out your base. Sometimes users mistakenly assume that NOTwax is like other quick waxes which use PTFE (generic powdered Teflon® fluoropolymer) suspended in solvent. These solvents can sometimes be harsh on a base, causing a dry appearance or sometimes even clogging a base. NOTwax uses pure liquid Teflon® fluoropolymer, which is completely inert (non-reactive, non-corrosive, non-toxic). Being 100% Teflon there are no solvents to dry out the base. By nature of being inert, NOTwax cannot chemically do anything to your base. However, most of the time when someone refers to "dryness", they are talking about the worn, fuzziness on their base. This is caused by the repetitive grinding action of snow crystals. This "fuzz" creates drag, and the base should be stone ground or belt sanded to remove it. Some bases (like graphite bases) are easier to abrade than others. NOTwax by its nature cannot dry the base out. However, in some snow conditions and on some bases NOTwax just does not provide enough protection to eliminate abrasion. In these cases we recommend using a base layer of wax, and then applying NOTwax over the wax. The wax will give you extra protection from the snow, and the NOTwax will make the wax last longer, work in a broader temperature range and glide better and low speeds. They should reapply the NOTwax daily in between wax jobs.
Graphite bases are a higher performance material and require extra care. When you take them to the shop ask for a NOTwax layer first, then a hotwax. Before you ski the first time, put on a topcoat of NOTwax. That will make the wax last longer and give you a protected base under the wax. Wax a couple of times during the season to get extra protection. will feel smooth and fast on the base so long as the base material is smooth. We do recommend a cold snow, smooth structure in all temps. NOTwax absorbs into the molecular structure of your base and holds on like water in a sponge (by capillary attraction). The moisture in the snow wicks out a thin layer which constantly refreshes your base. The active surface layer of NOTwax is only several microns thick, so a heavy structure will break that up and make them less hydrophobic. The heavy structure is intended to reduce suction. But when a base is very hydrophobic it converts the moisture in the snow to beads which run off your base like ball bearings. All the fluorinated waxes do this, but since NOTwax is a pure fluoropolymer, it will give you the most hydrophobic coating. As for waxing, the Felix Process is the best way to protect your base. The graphite makes a base faster but it is also more fragile. In certain harsh snow conditions the NOTwax will not give you sufficient protection to prevent abrasion. Early season snow, man made snow, ice and corn all are harsh conditions. If your base starts to look dry and slightly fuzzy, that is the result of abrasion. If you see that happen, just adminster a layer of wax and then refresh it daily with NOTwax. That will make it last longer, glide smoother and work in a broader range.
Extruded bases, by nature, are not very porous. However, NOTwax seems to work fine- it just rubs off a little faster. For the best longevity use normal hot wax or Zardoz High Fluoro hard wax, then adminster a topcoat of NOTwax. It will make both products last longer.
What is NOTwax?
Zardoz NOTwax is a patented 100% liquid fluoropolymer base treatment. It instantly absorbs into the pores of most bases and is held in place by capillary attraction, like water in a sponge. A thin, hydrophobic film of NOTwax will bead up moisture molecules in the snow, creating a hydroplaning effect. This minimizes friction and maximizes glide, especially in flatter terrain and at lower speeds. The “Zardoz Effect” will amaze you, particularly as the snow gets wetter.
Financial sponsorships are not typical for Zardoz, but we do often support our athletes with product samples. In exchange, we ask for periodic results updates, images and a biography. All of this material will be used on our website. If you are concerned that NOTwax will conflict with your existing wax sponsor, most racers we work with are sponsored by a major wax company as well as by us. We don't feel there is a conflict if it is acceptable with the wax company.
NOTwax vs. Wax
Hot wax and other wipe on waxes only create a superficial bond to the surface of the base. The bond of hot wax is better than that of most wipe-on products, however, it doesn't truly penetrate the base. NOTwax is inert, and cannot bond to anything. It works by fully absorbing into the base and holding on by capillary attraction - like water in a sponge. A thin, hydrophobic layer is wicked out by the moisture in the snow, constantly relubricating the base. On a snowboard- the most noticeable difference between NOTwax and wax, is that a board with NOTwax will be much more slippery at low speeds and in variable snow temps. It is also much smoother in wet snow. NOTwax will last about 1 day. The largest benefit is that NOTwax is easy. Our research shows that about 90% of all skiers and riders do nothing to their base. It is still good to get an occasional hot wax for the protection it provides, but most people use just NOTwax for the majority of the time.
The Felix Process Defined
Felix Rabanal, from Albuquerque, was the very first pro snowboarder to start using NOTwax regularly. He was also the first to tell us about his method of using NOTwax with traditional wax. Felix organizes snowboarding demos virtually every weekend in New Mexico and frequently has to deal with user-unfriendly snow conditions. He found that by using NOTwax with wax he could obtain a base treatment that outperformed everything else on the market. Since then we have received many reports of similar NOTwax-wax applications. Here's a general description of how it is done. 1. Clean the base thoroughly with wax remover, perhaps several times. Make sure the base is clean and dry before doing the next step. For best results, have the base freshly stone ground with a very smooth finish. The process will last much longer on a sintered base but will have equally good short-term performance on an extruded base. It is extremely effective with graphite bases. 2. Apply NOTwax liberally and let it soak in overnight in a warm place (with the base facing up). Reapply NOTwax the next day so that the base surface looks wet but is not dripping. 3. Apply a hard race wax that you are familiar with over the NOTwax surface. Iron in the wax until small puddles of NOTwax appear on the surface of the wax. Iron in small circular patterns over the whole base. Scrape, buff, and cork the wax to a fine finish. DO NOT brush or structure the wax, especially if the snow is wet. The goal is to create the smoothest possible finish. 4. If the snow temperature is below 10º F, use as is without applying a NOTwax topcoat. For warmer temperatures apply NOTwax as a topcoat before using. 5. Apply NOTwax to the waxed surface twice a day or as needed. You now have a very hard, smooth waxed surface that is also totally hydrophobic. The NOTwax primer will come up through the wax to internally lubricate it, and the surface NOTwax will refresh the primer and protect the wax from wear. This treatment will be much more slippery and greatly outlast any conventional hard hot-wax, fluoro or otherwise. Even more impressive, various versions of the Felix Process have been reported to be effective from -20° F (yes, that's 20 below zero) to 32° F snow temperature!
Can I use only NOTwax?
Absolutely. 90% of skiers and boarders either never wax or wax just once or twice a year. Waxing is confusing, messy and time consuming. NOTwax is a perfect alternative for an expensive and time-consuming hot wax. It’s a great mid-day or mid-vacation touch up. You can use it instead of wax or on top of wax. NOTwax does not give you the long-term base protection that hard wax does, but it’s much better than using nothing at all.
I just bought new equipment- do I need to do anything special for the first application?
You don't need to do anything special with NOTwax. Just wipe it on and go! In bitter cold snow you should apply it and then polish it with a tissue- this will keep the snow from sticking to the moisture on your base. You should still occasionally hot wax your boards or skis. If you’re in a hurry you don't need to do it your first time out- but early season conditions are really harsh and you may want a little extra protection. If your ski board bases are a solid, matte black finish they are probably graphite. These are a higher performance base and need more care. You should hot wax these about every 5 times you go, and use NOTwax every day (or even twice a day). This will keep them performing like new. If your base is any other color you can get away with waxing just a couple times in the season if you’re using NOTwax every day.