Snowboard wax kits can often stay below board (see what we did?) when it comes to thinking of what snowboard equipment you're going to need for your trip or a session out on the slopes, especially if you're a beginner.
More experienced riders know that a well waxed snowboard is not only going to make your ride more enjoyable but will help prolong the life of your board, so always make sure their board is properly waxed and often will carry wax with them.
If you've never been been snowboarding before, you may not even realise that snowboard wax is a thing. Surely the snow and ice is slippery enough for the snowboard to move over without the need for wax? Well, read on as we find out why wax is important and which the best snowboard wax kits are to buy.
What Does Snowboard Wax Do?
Here are the two main things that applying snowboard wax to board will do and why you should definitely get hold of a decent wax kit before heading out..
Protects Your Board
Snowboard wax will allow for your board to be stronger, more durable and stop it from drying out over time.
Adding wax to your board is like adding a protective layer to the underside of your snowboard that will help it to take the impact of snow, ice and stones better. Without snowboard wax, any hard objects will be hitting the board directly.
As well as damaging the board, scratches and scrapes will add grip to the bottom of the board and cause your snowboard to slow down.
Makes You Go Faster
A common misconception about snowboard wax is that it makes your board more slippery so you go faster.
Although it does allow you to travel faster, snowboard wax doesn't reduce friction on your board, in fact it does the opposite. Snowboard wax adds friction, to lose friction. We know that's a massive contradiction, but hear us out, it will all make sense in the end!
By adding a small amount of friction to your the underside of your board, the wax melts the snow and ice as you move over it creating a tiny layer of water.
This water layer sits between your snowboard and the snow, meaning you lose the friction from the snow and glide over it on top of the water, allowing you to go faster.
That makes sense, right? Yeah? Good!
Improves Turning and Control
Now that your board is gliding over the snow and not being bogged down by it, the handling of your board becomes much smoother, allowing you to turn easier and quicker, once again allowing you to go faster and have an all around more enjoyable ride.
Because of the smoother nature of the board you'll find that you're a lot more in control and that you're getting much more feedback from the board allowing you to be more adventurous when you're turning.
The Best Snowboard Wax Kits to Buy Online
Now that you know why snowboard wax is important and how and when to apply it, it's time to look at some of the best snowboard wax kits to buy to keep your board in top condition and speeding down the slopes for longer.
We'll break our selection of the best wax kits down into rub on kits and full iron on kits. Our choices are based on the manufacturer, how much you get in the kits, value for money and the product rating score.
Best Rub On Wax Kits
Butta Rub On Snowboard Wax with Scraper
Average buyer rating: 4.5/5
Butta are one of the top names - if not the top name - in snowboard wax and wax kits; you'll see their name a few times in our selection of products.
Although this bundle doesn't include a cloth or cleaner, the quality of the Butta wax alone makes this kit worth buying and picking up a cloth separately.
As we highlighted previously, simply rub the Butta wax onto the snowboard and use the scraper to get rid of the excess.
The rub on wax will give you 10 uses, so should see you through for plenty of time.
The kit comes with two different waxes that can both be rubbed or ironed on, giving you the option to do what you prefer. The kit also comes with all cleaning cloths and brushes that are need throughout the process and a scraper too.
As a bonus the Datawax kits comes with a cleaning spray and all fits within a handy, portable tin to keep the kit in.
Dakine Quick Tune Kit
Average buyer rating: 4/5
The Dakine Quick Tune snowboard wax kit is an all encompassing kit that is suitable for all skill levels and experiences.
The kit includes a rub on Dakine all weather wax, scraper, rubbing pad for when you want to wax your board.
As well wax products, the Dakine Quick Tune Kit include a snowboard screwdriver and edge tuning tool for if your snowboard needs any other adjustments and tweaks other than waxing when you're on the mountain.
The Dakine kit comes in a compact zip case that can easily be stored in your snowboard bag.
ZUMWax All Temperature Rub On Wax
Average buyer rating: 4.5/5
Once again, this might not strictly be classed as a snowboard wax kit, but the ZUMWax rub on wax stick does more than you might think on first look.
If you look closely, you'll see that ZUMWax stick features a cork buffer at the top of the lid, so not only are you getting a wax, but a scrubbing cork too all in one unit.
ZUMWax offer some of the most popular rub on waxes amongst skiers and snowboarders due to their small, compact and portable nature that allows you to easily carry the wax and apply it easily to the board on the go, providing great results.
Best Iron Ski Wax Kits
Demon Complete Tune Up Kit with Iron
Average buyer rating: 5/5
The Demon complete snowboard wax kit is the most expensive on our list by far, but it's also our most comprehensive, coming with everything you'll need to thoroughly wax your snowboard.
The convenient carry case comes with a range of brushes, files, scrapers and the iron, which is why the kit is a bit more expensive - saving you buying an iron separately. The iron is a carry size that can easily fit in your suitcase or snowboard bag.
As well as a range of tools, the kit comes with Demon's universal, all temperature high quality ski wax too.
Butta Pro Service Kit
Average buyer rating: 5/5
Our second feature of Butta wax is the pro service kit. Once again this is an all encompassing snowboard wax kit that includes all the high quality Butta gear you'll need for a good snowboard wax.
Butta also offer this as a regular wax kit at a lower cost. This is ideal for the more casual snowboarder.
The Butta Pro Service Kit comes with Butta pro wax, brush, scraper and cloth, there's everything you need within this tin, except the iron of course.
Butta Graphite Wax Kit
Average buyer rating: 5/5
This is one of newer kits offered by Butta, the graphite kit offers everything offered within the pro kit plus a few extra goodies too.
As well as the usual brush, cleaner, towel and scraper the graphite includes a face mask and Butta lanyard too.
The wax included within the kit is Butta's graphite wax which is new, faster and longer lasting wax. All of this comes within Butta's retro styled metal tin.
How to Wax a Snowboard
So we've discussed why you should get hold snowboard wax and apply it to your board, it's time to look at how you actually wax a snowboard.
There are two main methods for waxing a snowboard, the first is using iron wax to wax the board and the second is using rub on wax.
Rub on wax is more of an on-the-go the method for waxing your board, it's recommended that if your board hasn't been waxed before that you use iron on method first and then use rub on wax to keep it 'topped up' as you go.
How to Wax a Snowboard Using Iron-On Wax
The tutorial above shows you how to wax a new board that hasn't been waxed before using the iron method.
If your board isn't brand new, has been waxed and used before, make sure you clean it before waxing, removing any dirt or debris to ensure the surface is perfectly flat.
Of course you can buy snowboard wax kits to get everything you need to wax your snowboard, and we're going to show you the best kits to buy later in our guide.
How to Use Rub-On Snowboard Wax
We won't use a video here to show you how to use rub on snowboard wax because different brands and different types of wax may require slightly different application methods, so there's no exact one size fits all.
The generic instructions for waxing a snowboard using rub are as follows:
- Clean or wipe the board using a cloth
- Apply the wax evenly across the board - be aggressive when rubbing it in
- Use a scraper to rub off excess wax
- Brush your board to buff in the wax
As mentioned, different types of rub on wax kits might have different instructions, so be sure to check the packaging for directions on how to apply and how often to apply the rub on wax to your board.
When to Apply Snowboard Wax
Following on from how to apply snowboard wax, we're going to look at when to apply snowboard wax. If your board is already waxed and ready to go then don't worry about adding more, but how do you know when your board needs to be waxed?
Here's to how to check if a snowboard needs waxing.