Glide Wax Hardness
Wax hardness is one of the most important factors in differentiating glide waxes. Hardness is measured with a device called a Durometer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shore_durometer. There are different shaped tips for this meter for measuring materials with different hardness. We used the “D” tip which is for hard plastic/rubber materials. The hardness scale goes from 1 to 100. A car tire is about 50 on the Shore D Durometer scale, a construction hardhat is about 70. Soft ski waxes are between 20 and 30. The really hard waxes approach 50.
The test procedure followed was;
* Create a flat surface on the wax block to be tested by holding it against a waxing iron.
* Let the wax cool to room temperature (67 deg F).
* Press the hardness meter tip into the wax and hold for 5 seconds and record the reading.
* Measure each specimen 5 times and determine the average.
* Measuring the hardness with a Durometer.
The tip of the meter was pressed into the wax and held for 5 seconds before the reading was recorded.