Swix's World Cup Three Piece Vice Set gives excellent stability for tuning racing and all mountain skis up to 85mm wide. The World Cup Vise is designed to accommodate race skis with race plates as well as flat mounted or integrated skis. The design of this vise system utilizes screw clamps to mount the three vises to a wax bench or counter surface, allowing you the flexibility to do your base prep and edge work inside and take your tech room to the top of the hill to finish up and fine tune your wax job before your race. The World Cup Vise allows you the flexibility of adapting the positioning of the skis from base up, to a 60` or 90` angle. With the skis a 60` angle you will have better control for side edge work.
These vises are a great traveling wax bench if you need to do wax work at home or on the road, but they're a little clunky, and pretty thin at center. They work really well for me, and hold my skis solidly during those hard scrapings - the rubber grips are a lot tougher (and grippier) than they look (huge pro right there). My skis are only 66mm at center, though, and if you have some seriously wide powder skis, this may not be your dream vise. I have the model pictured in the guru snapshot, they rock, but I'm pretty sure he's right about the 85mm waist (not 110)
I just had this delivered. It looks good, but I think the "110mm" waists claim might be pushing it. The box says 85mm, but it looks like it opens to around 100mm safely, which is good because my widest waisted ski is 98mm. If I ever buy some true fatty powder boards this vise may not work all that well with them (unless I clamp the binding). Otherwise, it looks well made. Tickety-boo.
Just got the vise and it is not the one pictured. Instead it is the one with the hole design at the elbow where it attaches to the bench. Also, Backcountry needs to update the page, waist is listed on the box at 85mm. Oh well, it will be perfect for four of our skis and we will have to figure out something for the Goats.
This vise fits my Volkl Mantra's (think 96 under foot) - but couldn't fit much wider than this - but Swix makes a wider version more for jumping skis. Great quality and the 60^ tilt makes it much easier to edge - angle is much more natural to hold a tuning tool to.
This is the vise every ski racer uses. It will also last you a lifetime. I have been tuning my skis for over 10 years now and I think I still have my original Swix Vise.
This Swix Vise does everything I need it to and accomodates every ski I own from my Fatty Pow skis 110 waist to my regular alpines.Its sturdy and versatile. Great product.
I've been struggling with tuning for years and finally decided to smash the piggy and get what I wanted. All I can say is:
Shut up and buy it!
As far as vises this is, in my opinion, the best one.. Lasts forever and isn´t too big to bring in your ski bag..
The Vise they pictured is not the vise you get. The vise you get only opens to 85mm and looks completely different. Went to the warehouse to exchange and they only have the wrong vise in stock. If you have skinny skis it probably will work fine.