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Reviewed by Long Time XC Skier from Michigan on Friday, February 6, 2015
I used wax skis for more than 30 yrs and XC skied 40-60 times a year living in Michigan's UP. I was expert at waxing but, while shopping for new skis, the sales guy at the shop urged me to try wax-less. The technology and materials have changed so much. These skis are great. I ski mostly breaking trail and back country but enjoy groomed trails, too. I'll never go back to waxing. All that fussing, carrying wax along for changing conditions, leaves and pine needles sticking to the wax, etc. etc. I just want to ski! . I have had the Whitewoods Explorer for about 5years and my wife has had the Cross Tour from Sierra Trading for about 3 yrs. I live in lower Michigan now so I do more groomed trails and only about 15-30 times a year. I think the Cross Tour are probably better for glide and the Explorer have been better for kick and for cutting trail. I will probably get the Cross Tour now for more speed. The Cross Tour have less fish scale and the Explorer probably has a little too much for what I do now. It's always easy (but not really necessary) to tune up wax-less skis with a little glide or kick wax if needed on a long tour or in some really unusual conditions. It's a good idea to treat wax-less skis a couple times a year with some liquid glide just to sweeten them up a bit. We've both had the Whitewoods boots and I love them. They're the best ski boots I've ever owned.