The base and how you maintain it is a huge difference.
If you have a ski with a 1000 PTEX base, and you wax it with some standard quick tune shop wax and put it against the same ski with a 4000 Sintered base, even with the same wax you'll get smoked.
The number corresponds to how many little pores your base has....more pores, more wax.
Base and wax are huge.
I use high florocarbons on mine with a graphite dust powder rubbed on over it.....I smoke all my friends for speed.
I hear this sometimes, 'I don't race, why should I wax?' When you don't make that gap because you didn't get enough speed.....tell me it doesn't matter.
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