Today we’re talking about a new product that, if it performs as advertised, would truly revolutionize snowsports. One of the most annoying things about skiing and snowboarding is that ski and board bases require wax to work. And it’s always a bit of a pain and/or time-consuming to keep your skis or board freshly waxed.
But today, DPS is introducing a new product they call Phantom. It’s a base coating that needs to be applied only once — which would mean that us non-racers would never need to wax our skis again.
Even better, this base coating is also purported to be more environmentally-friendly than ski wax. And finally, when it comes to backcountry skiing, Phantom is supposed to work better than regular wax, since you’ll no longer have bits of wax getting stuck to the glue of your skins. This all sounds pretty amazing — too good to be true, in fact. So when I first heard about it, I thought it sounded like total BS.
So I talked to DPS founder, Stephan Drake, and the technological developer of Phantom, Professor Jeff Bates from the University of Utah, to have them make the case for why this shouldn’t be dismissed as crazy or impossible.
This is a seriously interesting product, and Stephan and Jeff do a really good job of walking us through the development of Phantom, and why they are so confident that this product can actually deliver on all of these pretty sensational claims.
You can also read more from us about Phantom here.