Welcome to SnapWax - The only wax you'll ever need for your hockey stick.
Hockey has been a life long passion, not just for us, but for many other hockey players and enthusiasts throughout the world. We have always loved to play the sport, and started out using wooden hockey sticks. In earlier days, there were no composite sticks and all sticks were made out of wood. This meant that constant exposure to ice surface temperatures caused chipping, delamination, deformity, and poor hockey stick performance due to slush and ice seeping into the spaces in between wood grains.
Taping hockey sticks proved insufficient because while it prolongs the life of the sticks, it did not prevent damage resulting from continued exposure to ice. During those days, people began experimenting with candle wax, surf wax, baking wax, and other waxes to coat their stick's blade and give it added protection. While these may work to a certain extent, the fact remains that those types of waxes are not intended for hockey stick use. Candles wax, baking wax, and surf wax are thermo sensitive waxes, which means they turn rock hard at freezing surface temperatures. This means they could not give players the level of control they want especially with putting greater rotation on the puck and achieving better passing and shooting accuracy.
It has been 29 years since SnapWax was developed with the help of hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, a USC chemist, and former Los Angeles Kings equipment manager Mark O’Neil. The idea was to formulate a wax designed specifically for use on hockey sticks. Today SnapWax is still the only wax formulation designed specifically for hockey stick application.
Our goal was to develop a superior wax that not only kept snow and slush off the blade but also provided a cushioning effect for the puck. We hired a chemist from USC along with wax industry experts to develop the formulation that was tested and approved by NHL players. Waxes are very thermo sensitive. This is why surf wax, candle wax, baking wax, etc. become very hard at ice surface temperatures. These waxes do help keep snow off the blade but will actually make it more difficult to handle the puck because they become rock hard at ice surface temperatures. What resulted was the first and only wax specifically designed, formulated, and produced for hockey stick application - The invention of Hockey Stick Wax - SnapWax!
While the original SnapWax formula has changed very little over the past 29 years we recently made an exciting breakthrough in the formulation. With the proliferation of composite sticks we were asked to come up with a formula to help regain the “feel” for the puck again that was naturally prevalent in wood sticks.
With this in mind we developed a revolutionary patent pending process of adding small polyurethane micro-flex beads into the formulation. Not only did this provide players with better feel for the puck on their stick it has also enhanced players ability to put greater rotation on the puck for better saucer passing and shooting accuracy. This is called the Gyroscopic Effect. This effect can be viewed at the NHL Science of Hockey link:
This puck rotation and gyroscopic effect is achieved by the interaction of the SnapWax micro-flex beads on the stick with the side of the puck which is textured to facilitate spin. The micro-flex beads in the SnapWax formula grab the texture of the puck to put added rotation on the puck.
As part of SnapWax’s 29th Anniversary celebration we have developed a point of purchase display featuring some of the NHL’s brightest young stars. Please let us know if you have any questions or input regarding our products at email@example.com.