Thursday, November 2, 2017

Will "Phantom" replace wax for recreational skis?

In the news this week is a Kickstarter campaign for a product that is intended to be a  "one time only" treatment for skis and snowboards to provide improved glide.

The product is called Phantom, and it is backed by DPS ski company (they make high end backcountry touring and alpine skis).

If you read their info closely and you'll see that this is not intended to be superior in performance to race waxes, but is advertised primarily as an eco-friendly product that will only have to be used one time.    They claim that it continues working even through several stone grinds.

Here's a link to their Kickstarter.     And here's a link to a podcast interview with the developer from Blister Gear Review.

Now, I have not tried this stuff, and I have a few questions about it.
  1. Will it work on extruded base skis (i.e. cheap skis without sintered bases).
  2. Will it really fully permeate an old ski base?     (will it even really permeate a NEW ski base?)
  3. Will this product seal the ski base?   Or will you be able to effectively wax the ski (if you choose) after using the Phantom treatment?
  4. Will skiers drink fewer beers if they don't have to wax their training skis?

This new product isn't going to keep you out of the wax room on race days, but maybe it will get a bunch of recreational skiers out on snow more often.

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