Viewed a YTube video on IR waxing "irons" used in ski shops. Benefits are supposedly deeper wax penetration into the amorphous structure of bases with less heat and wax. Only problems are the size and cost of these shop specific IR waxing stations. This specific IR heating unit is promoted at a ski wax company as a home use model. Compact and reasonable price.
Initial impression. Lightly scraped off the storage wax (Swix CH10) and melted on a layer of CH6 (cold temp wax) to blend in with remaining CH10. The IR iron works slick like in the YTube video at the MountainFlow channel (the wax company promoting the iron). Using an indirect thermometer to monitor the base temp. Results. Wax was melting at lower temperature than the traditional digital Swix waxing iron would be set at. Topskin of the snowboard based on memory felt cooler than using a traditional iron. Not even really warm to the touch. Was concerned that deep penetrating heat would heat up the denser wood core more than traditional iron.
Time, oxygen, UV, and heat cause ski/snowboard bases to deteriorate. Deterioration form a "layer" that reduces the ability for wax to penetrate into the base. It's the wax within the amorphous structure that is important. Heat and UV exposure are two we can control. Assuming that the lower heat necessary for deep penetrating waxing will extend the life of the bases requiring less stone grinding or serious base peeling to expose fresh base.
"iron" is simple and safe to operate. See MountainFlow YTube video. Cost effective in terms of less wax wasted compared to traditional hot waxing if this unit lasts the 6000 hrs rated for. Minimal scraping and brushing required to finish off the wax job. Minimal wax wasted. 3.5 real stars due to cost. If the unit lasts for the hoped for lifespan it earns an extra star.