Snowboard Waxing Iron – Not Your Moms Iron

You’re ready to wax your snowboard. You have everything you need. Cleaning supplies to clean the base, wax, your snowboard, your workbench, and…oh wait, you’re going to also need an iron. But what kind of iron do you use? Well, I can help you with that!

The question is, do you get a snowboard waxing iron specific for waxing or use your moms or your own that you iron your dress shirts with? I can’t answer that for you, but I will do my best to arm you with information to make whatever decision is best for you!

So come on, let’s go!

Using A Clothes Iron

If you choose to go the clothing iron route, here are a few tips to make it work as best as possible for you. Even though I am partial to using a snowboard waxing iron, you can totally use a normal iron…just realize that you probably will not be able to use it again on any of your clothes. If you choose to use your clothing iron here are a few tips on making it work.

  • To actually save money, you’ll want to make sure you are using an old clothing iron which you have retired from pressing your nice shirts and pants with.
  • Since most clothes irons have holes in the bottom, if you want to try to use the iron again, I’ve heard of covering the bottom of the iron in aluminum foil. (but I still think this is iffy on if you’ll want to use it again on clothes in the future)
  • Make sure to turn the steam off if possible.
  • Make sure to manage the heat as well as you do not want it to get too high and hurt your board. You don’t want the wax to smoke.
  • Any brand or style of iron will work for this as long as it heats up and can melt the wax.
  • Sometimes clothing irons can be cheaper even if they are brand new, so definitely weigh your options there.

Using a Waxing Iron

If you want to buy a dedicated snowboard waxing iron that is not a clothes iron, there are many brands that can help you do so. I purchased one myself and I’ve never regretted the $40 or so it cost me.

I now have an iron that is meant only for waxing and I don’t have to worry about or deal with the hassle of covering my iron and cleaning it up afterwards or that I might not get the heat setting just right. As with the clothes iron section above, here are my tips for using a snowboard waxing iron.

  • Plug it in, turn it on to a medium to high heat and you’re ready to go. I’ve even turned my up to the highest setting and didn’t have any smoking wax.
  • Since there are no holes on the bottom of the iron, there is no need to cover with aluminum foil.
  • Waxing irons can also be arguably better for distributing the wax across your board evenly.

A Few Facts of Waxing Irons I found online

    • Swix Snowboard Waxing T75XF Wax Iron – This is similar to the one I use. (review from racewax.com)
      • Temperature adjustable 850 W wax iron with thick sole plate.
      • Retails for around $40
      • Temperature ranges from 100 C / 212 F and rises to 160 C / 320 F.
      • Base plate measures 5.5 inches x 4.5 inches and is 0.375 inches thick.
    • Toko Ski Wax Snowboard Waxing Iron T8 800W (review from racewax.com)
      • Retails for $90
      • Not a ton of reviews found, but all at 5 stars
      • The aluminum base plate is a hefty 1/2″ thick and measures 4″ x 6″.
      • Grooved base structure for even wax distribution.
      • Ergonomic design. Cord has swivel in the handle for standing on end.
    • DAKINE Adjustable Tuning Iron – USA (review from backcountry.com)
      • Retails for around $50
      • Adjustable temperature
      • Beveled edges for smooth iron movement. Flat surface with no grooves for an even wax spread.
      • Overall ratings I found – 4.8 stars based on 5 ratings

 

Now You’re Ready To Shred!

Whichever you use is really not that big of a deal. What’s important is that you find something that works for you and go with it. The best part about tinkering with your snowboard set up and tuning is that you can play with it, try some things and adjust and make changes as you go if one way the other doesn’t work out.

My hope is that this article has shed some light on what to use while waxing your snowboard, either a regular old iron or an iron specifically for waxing. If I have helped you learn something new or inspired you to give tuning your board a try, then I have accomplished my goals.

I’m always here to help, so if you have any questions or want to leave a comment below, please do so. Otherwise, I’ll see you out on the mountain!

 

 

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