Does The New One Application Waxless Base Work?
It's the one application wax that lasts for life. How do you apply it and does it actually work as a waxless base for skis or snowboards? Backcountry Editor, Ken Reeve applies the Phantom Glide to his new DPS Wailer 112s and reviews the results...
As Backcountry Editor of Style Altitude, I was sent a packet of Phantom Glide waxless base to evaluate over this season.
Phantom’s patent-pending polymer technology aims to offer ultimate convenience combined with great glide performance that never wanes across all snow temperatures and for the life of your skis' or snowboard’s use.
It's basically a wax replacement which soaks into the pores of the P-tex base material and can be serviced/gound with no detriment.
The claim is that it lasts for the life of the ski and you'll never need to wax again. The cost is €100, but that's only 10 or so waxes, so if the claims are true, then it's a no-brainer.
Also, there are always those times when you wished you'd waxed your skis, or got the wrong wax on, which should never happen with Phantom Glide. Plus normal waxing only lasts a few days, so normally it would need doing twice weekly.
The Phantom Glide comes as a 2-part mix, which has to be applied then cured by UV, either in the sun like I did in August, or in a special sun-bed type gismo.
It's easy enough to apply but I had to wait four months to try it out.
So far I've skied around 15 days on the PG, applied to my DPS Wailer 112's (what else? and, yes I'm very happy) and I have found the treatment to work as good as waxed skis in temps varying from -5C to +4C. It works the same on all types of snow and is as fast as anybody else's skis out there.
One thing I've noticed is when you're standing in a lift queue, normally with freshly waxed skis, they slide back and forth all the time, with PG they're kind of stuck a little, which is no bad thing, but within a metre or two of skiing, it's business as usual.
So far, very positive impressions for the treatment, my remit is to see if the longevity is indeed as claimed by DPS.
Watch this space.
Applying The Phantom Glide
Having received my Wailer 112F direct from DPS at the end of last winter it was time to apply the game-changing DPS Phantom 2.0 waxless base treatment. And it happened to be 30C and the middle of last summer, here in Serre Chevalier.
The reason why midsummer is the right time?
Unless you own a DPS cure station (used by Authorised Phantom Installers) the 2-part curing process has to take place in strong natural sunlight and needs several hours all in, so winter's not ideal! However, here in sunny Serre Chevalier, we're fortunate to benefit from 300+ days of sunshine, so mid-summer was the perfect.
First step is to thoroughly clean the bases, I chose a stiff brass base structure brush and base cleaner, a light stone grind in your favourite ski shop also works. Then apply part A and work it in to the base, wipe off any excess after 15 minutes and leave to bake in the sun for a couple of hours. Repeat the brushing and wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the structure in the base in order for part B to fully penetrate and bond with part A to give a life-long impregnation of the Phantom 2.0. Apply part B, wipe off excess once more as before and bake again. Then (tiring all this brushing in 30 degrees heat!) brush out the excess, wipe down again with a damp cloth and done.
The end result looks like a freshly-waxed ski and from all reports this finish should remain, rather than going grey and dry as a waxed ski would after a few days, with the added benefit of never having to wax my skis again!