It is quite possible that, for all of us non-racers, we will soon reminisce about the old days when we used to have to wax our skis and snowboards.
Because today, DPS is introducing a product they’re calling Phantom, which is a permanent, single-application base coating that claims to eliminate the need to ever wax your skis and snowboards.
Apply Phantom once, and it permanently changes the chemistry of your base to be both harder and faster.
This treatment is also more environmentally-friendly than standard ski wax, in that Phantom is free of PFC’s and other carcinogens. PFC’s left in the snowpack from fluorinated waxes contaminate watersheds and ecosystems, leading to a variety of potential health risks to humans and wildlife.
Furthermore, the Phantom treatment also eliminates health risks for technicians and customers who apply the application themselves, since there are no toxic fumes to inhale.
But if you’re anything like us, this still probably sounds entirely too good to be true. So to address our primary questions and concerns about Phantom, we talked with DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, and Dr. Jeff Bates, the technological developer of Phantom and professor of Materials, Science, and Engineering at the University of Utah, and basically asked them to explain why this isn’t just marketing BS.
DPS launched a Kickstarter campaign today for Phantom, and though we always view new product releases and marketing claims with a significant amount of skepticism, this really does appear to be a fascinating technology that could change our procedure and approach to skiing and riding.