Best gear for the job:
Whether you’ve set up a full-time tuning station in your garage or want a portable table to bring up to the cabin, Swix’s 96- by 45-centimeter waxing table features easily foldable legs and weighs just 25 pounds. It’s also sturdy enough to firmly hold your board as you scrape it, yet not so big and clunky that it’s a hassle to carry.
These awesomely useful snowboard-specific vises lock your deck into place with a firm suction grip and hold it steady in a horizontal position for waxing. On top of that, they can be turned vertically for edging and tuning. Their compact size makes them easy to throw in a gear bag or take for a weekend ski trip. As a bonus, each one features a bottle opener on the bottom so you can crack a cold one while you work.
Having loose wax and tangled iron cords cluttering your gear bag is a nuisance — which is exactly why this soft wax bag from Toko is so great. This fully padded, insulated wax bag is custom-designed for tuning gear with a bottom compartment fit for an iron and a roomy upper storage unit with two plexi bins for wax. It also features two large zip-up sleeves on each side for scrapers, brushes, and other tools.
If you spend lots of time grinding rails or dragging your board through a lot of muck, OneBallJay’s BioGreen base cleaner helps you wipe last session’s grime off your base to get it ready for a fresh coat of wax. Using a citrus-based, fully biodegradable blend, the formula effectively removes old wax, dirt, and other grit to get your board moving fast again.
Dakine’s nylon-cork brush is a superb 2-in-1 that offers soft, nylon bristles on one side and sturdier cork material on the other. The bristle side works to brush your base clean pre-wax or smooth it out afterward while its cork side is used to buff new coats of wax. The ergonomic design places the soft nylon on the underside so that when you’re using the cork, it doesn’t irritate your palm.
This simple plexi wax scraper from Swix features a thick, 4-millimeter blade that’s specially designed for snowboards. The scraper’s material is strong and durable with a sharp edge that lasts hundreds of scrapes, allowing you to get every last bit of wax off of your board.
Meant to be as fast as a slippery banana, Lib Tech’s all-temperature wax is the perfect formula if you live in a climate where temperatures fluctuate — even within a few weeks — going from frigid and cold to warm and sunny. The wax, which is made by One Ball Jay exclusively for Mervin, can also be used as a rub-on wax.
For warm weather wax, try Demon’s United Orange Crush and for colder weather, check out Swix’s .
Made for riders who move around a lot and want their tuning gear in one convenient, portable pack, this kit includes a stainless steel 110-volt adjustable tuning iron, an all-temp wax octane bar, p-tex, a scraper, file, edge tool, stone, and even instructions in case you forget everything you learned from our guide. This all comes in a sleek and compact zippered case with multiple pockets custom fit for each tool.
This miracle product is meant for the top of your board, not the bottom, however, it works the same kind of snow-gliding magic, creating a slick, anti-stick surface on your board where snow tends to pile up. To use it, just spray the wax on top of your board, allowing it to shed snow off the front and sides thus preventing big heaps of snow from piling on and slowing you down.