I never get them waxed until a bit later in the season because a shop told me that the factory wax they come with is the best they'll ever be waxed and so far I've never had an issue with unwaxed skis right out of the package but maybe I'm wrong.
This. Factory wax is just to stop the bases drying out in storage. learning to wax and (de)tune/de-burr your edges will save you a bunch of money in the long run. also for waxing you dont need to drop a bunch of money on an expensive ski iron, the cheap ones are good enough for freeskiing (ie not racing) and if you are really broke you can use a clothes iron that you dont plan on using on clothes again. (dont use your mums good clothes iron she will flip shit if she gets wax on a shirt.)
got new jmos this year. got them mounted at a local hill and talked to the shop tech for a while as he mounted them. the topic of waxing came up and he said when you first get a ski straight from a factory, you want to wax them realllllyyy good. saturate them as much as possible. maybe even hot wax twice. he said this is because there is almost no wax on a brand new pair of skis. ever notice how the pair of a brand new skis appears nearly faded and white, and it looks like baseburn? that is because there is no wax at all in them. shine up them skis boi
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Wax them when you can see noticeable white streaks on your bases. Even with colored bases, it is noticeable. I've ridden on factory wax for two days now and my bases are really white. Best thing to do would be to wax them off the start, but it isn't absolutely necessary.
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Is it the end of the world if I don't wax for a few days? Been riding on a new pair of Halos for the last 2 days and I am going out again tomorrow, but I'm too exhausted to wax right now, can I go one more day or am I damaging the skis?
You're gonna be fine, plus I'm pretty sure that halos have extruded bases, so don't worry about that.
note: extruded bases need less wax to maintain and in that respect are more durable than a poorly maintained sinthered base, however a properly waxed sintheres base will be more durable kn the long run