Review: Pom Pom “Wacky Tacky” Traction Wax
20 Nov, 2009
Intended Purpose: The Wacky Tacky Taction wax is meant to be applied on your topsheet for no-slip when you are skating off the chairlift or when you need extra grip on your freestyle grabs. I tested it with the chairlift, putting it in on my board in the spot where I put my free foot when riding off the chairlift. My Capita Ultrafear topsheet can be a little slick and I figured this would be a good time to try it out.
Smell: It was the first thing I noticed when I opened it, it smelled so good you just wanted to eat it. Luckily I didn’t and the strawberry smell is still present when I rub my finger over the wax on the topsheet, days after riding it.
Appearance: The Wacky Tacky Traction wax comes in a easy container that can fit in most things, I’ve taken it with me snowboarding and easy to open, grab the wax and close it so it doesn’t get into my other items in my backpack.
Ease of applying: The first thing I did was look at the directions on the can which said to make sure the topsheet was dry and clean, then rub the wax in a circular motion in the area you want on the board until you see bumps and apply it as needed. When I rubbed in the wax in the circular motion, I was a little unsure when to stop but I started to see the wax make the bumpy surface and stopped right after before there was a lot of the traction wax on top of the board. It does make the board look a little dirty in the area you apply it but I didn’t notice that after riding with it for one day.
Durability: I’ve now spent 4 days on the snowboard after applying the traction wax and the wax is still there on the board working. I’ve been covered in snow and the snow doesn’t stick to the wax, it stays off and doesn’t get in the way.
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to make of the traction wax because I have no problems skating off the chairlift and using my foot to leverage turning fine. But there are always those days when I get on a really slick topsheet demo board and need to be more careful with my own riding that I don’t fall. It worked and gave me extra grip underneath my free foot on the Ultrafear topsheet where I could leverage the board better when getting off the chairlift. I didn’t fall when skating with it and found it to work well for me. Definitely for some of the slicker topsheets, I’d use it.
Personally for women who get scared of skating off the chairlift and being able to hold their foot in place without using a stomp pad, this is definitely something they could use. I won’t rock a stomp pad but I found this definitely beneficial when I needed it and why not, it’s under $10 and easy to use and apply.
Riding time with it
Pom Pom “Wacky Tacky” Traction Wax Description
Review Disclosure: This product was given to me by Pom Pom to test and review.