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Pro skiers can have as many as 80 pairs of skis in their fleets.  This may seem excessive, but each pair serves its own role – many are used for training in different weather conditions, others are picked for racing in extreme conditions, and a select few are reliably fast enough to serve as “always test” skis.  Even at the citizen and collegiate levels, however, it is nearly impossible to be reliably competitive on a single pair of skis; track conditions simply vary too widely for any one ski to do everything especially well.  Building and utilizing a fleet of skis that can fully cover all or nearly all conditions is essential.

Here at Gear West, we have the experience and the technology to get you that race winning fleet.  From the beginning, we’ve built our business on our famous ski fitting and picking abilities; this is still what sets us apart from our competition.  When you come in or order a ski from, we will work with you to ensure that you get the exact ski you need for your skills and goals, including how we can compliment any skis you already have.

In an effort to push the industry even further forward in this regard, we debuted our Signature Flex Tester two years ago.  This testing machine, which was designed from the ground up here at Gear West, uses 52 Loadstar load cells to collect the most precise pressure distribution data in the world.  This data allows us to determine the quality of flex, weight range, and ideal snow conditions for any ski, as well as objectively comparing individual skis to each other.  Unlike other flex machines which capture data at only half and full body weights, the Signature Flex Tester captures data for the entire weighting cycle; pressure data can be viewed for any load from zero to above the skier’s body weight.

The ability to compare skis to each other makes this flex data especially valuable for fleet management.  We recommend that anyone with multiple pairs of skis get a Fleet Flex Analysis; for $50.00 we will collect the data from every pair of skis you own (more than 6 pairs call for pricing), upload it to our flex website, and discuss the ideal conditions and relative quality of each pair, as well as recommendations for how to use each ski and grind recommendations.  After purchasing a fleet analysis, we will reference the data and update your online profile with the new ski for any subsequent race tier ski purchases.

Gear West Flex Analysis

Gear West Flex Analysis - $50.00 Add To Cart


Gear West spent over a year engineering and custom building the world's foremost Flex Analysis Bench. The Gear West system utilizes 52 Loadstar "Load Cells" to give us a detailed picture of how your ski distributes your weight on the snow. With the Gear West Flex Bench, we can determine the following:
     The ideal weight range for a ski
     The absolute quality of flex
     Performance characteristics (Stability, Floatation, Breakaway)
     Ideal snow conditions
     How well pairs are matched

Flex Analysis: $50.00 Includes up to 6* pair of skis, get your entire fleet analysed.
     Certificate of analysis for each pair of skis
     Summary of ski characteristics
     Personal data library with interactive ski data

* More than 6 pair?  Call for pricing - Toll Free: 1-877-473-4327

Gear West Premier Marathon Race Wax Service

Gear West Premier Marathon Race Wax Service - $79.99 Add To Cart



Training for a Cross Country Ski Marathon is hard enough.  Save time and reduce stress by having your skis precision glide waxed by the best in the business! Race wax service is available for the 2017 City of Lakes Loppet, 2017 Mora Vasaloppet and 2017 American Birkebeiner. The service includes an LF base layer, HF race layer, 100% Fluoro top-coat, and hand structuring. Testing and waxing will be done on site to ensure the best possible skis for you.

The service is available for both classical and skate skis. It is important to note, however, that for classical skis only binder wax will be applied to the kick pocket. We will provide recommendations for kick and an area to apply wax at ski pickup, but due to the wide variance in the amount of kick preferred, we do NOT APPLY KICK WAX for you.

Please note for the American Birkebeiner.  All skis will be picked up at the Birkie Start Line.  This provides the allotted time for the best possible wax service for you.  

We highly recommended that if you are not dropping off your skis at Gear West the week before the Birkie, that you ship your skis to Gear West ahead of time.  See shipping address below.  

If you drop your skis off Friday at the Birkie Expo, you will be charged a Friday Drop Off Charge: $104.99 for skating & $114.99 for classic. Again, we recommend shipping your skis ahead of time to Gear West.

Further information about the 2016 Marathon Race Services is available HERE. If you have any questions, please call us at 877-473-4327 or email


Ship your skis ahead of time to this address:

Gear West Cross Country Ski & Run
Attn: Birkie Wax Service
1786 W Wayzata Blvd, Suite B, Long Lake, MN 55356



City of Lakes Loppet Race Wax Service Schedule
Date Time Location  

Thur, 2/1

 8PM   Online Registration Ends
Thur, 2/2 8PM Gear West In-store Drop Off Ends
Fri, 2/3 6PM Gear West In-store Pickup Ends for Loppet Classic
Sat, 2/4 5pm Gear West In-store Pickup Ends for Loppet Skate


Mora Vasaloppet Race Wax Service Schedule
Date Time Location  
Wed, 2/8 8PM   Online Registration Ends
Thur, 2/9 6PM Gear West In-store Drop off Ends
Fri, 2/10 5PM Gear West In-store Pickup Ends


Kortelopet Race Wax Service Schedule
Date Time Location  
Mon, 2/20 8PM    Online Registration Ends
Tues, 2/21 NOON Gear West In-store Drop Off Ends
Thurs, 2/23 NOON - 4PM Hayward On site registration & ski drop off
Fri, 2/24 8:30am-11:30 Korte Start Area

Race Day Ski Pickup 

Birkebeiner Race Wax Service Schedule
Date Time Location  
Mon, 2/20 8PM    Online Registration Ends
Tues, 2/21 NOON Gear West In-store Drop Off Ends
Thurs, 2/23 NOON - 9PM Hayward On site registration & ski drop off
Fri, 2/24 9AM - 4PM Hayward

Any skis dropped off on Friday will be charged a Friday Drop Off charge: $104.99 for Skate & $114.99 for Classic.

Sat, 2/25 5:30AM - 10AM Birkie Start Area Race Day Ski Pickup 



You spent the last 364 days preparing and anticipating.
We spent the last 364 days waxing.

Let us wax your skis so you can have
your most enjoyable Marathon Season ever!

Spots are limited
Register here now or call 877.473.4327
to guarantee you have your fastest skis ever, stress free.  

If you have any questions, please email


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1786 W Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55356

Phone: 952-473-0377
Mail Order: 877-473-4327


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Wisdom, Value, Selection. These three ideals are the core of Gear West. We bring you the best products for your sport, style, and skill at the best prices and back them with unparalleled knowledge and support.

North America's largest cross country ski retailer and one of Minnesota's premier independent specialty sports stores, Gear West provides top level gear for nordic, running, alpine, soccer, lacrosse, and boardsports athletes across the midwest and the United States. We provide equipment for athletes of every level, from first-timers and newcomers to professionals and Olympians.

We carry only the highest quality equipment, accessories, and apparel from the most respected companies in the world. These include brands such as adidas, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Asics, Bjorn Daehlie, Bliz Active Eyewear, Brine, Brooks, Capita, Craft, Debeer, Elan, Fast Wax, Fischer, Gait Lacrosse, HEAD, Inov-8, Madshus, New Balance, Newton, Nike, One Way Sport, Pearl Izumi, Rex Wax, Rode Wax, Rossignol, Rottefella, Salice, Salomon, Skadi, Smartwool, Star Wax, Start Wax, STX, Swenor, Swix, Tecnica, Toko, V2, Vibram, Volkl, Warrior, Yoko, and many, many more.

Despite this vast selection, the products we carry are ones that we believe in, stand behind, and use every day. We pride ourselves on providing the kind of service that you tell your friends about. If you have any questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-877-473-4327 or email us.

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