I would only recommend you buy this iron if you do nordic racing. For waxing a snowboard or alpine skis you don't need a good iron unless you are a competitive racer or ski cross half-pipe or big air athlete. The iron is very good. It heats perfectly and heats over the wax nicely. When waxing alpine skis you waste a heck of a lot less wax with this iron than a clothes iron but that doesn't justify the price. I think the $73 toko t8 gets the job don just as well but this is a really good iron. I recommend this to nordic and alpine competitive athletes but if your buying this to wax your pow skis, its not worth it.