Is midsummer really the perfect time to get skis ready for winter with temps hitting 30C in the French Alps? Find out why it's not actually madness
Why has our Backcountry Editor got his skis out at the height of summer? Because with two consecutive days of heat guaranteed, now is a good time to apply the new DPS Phantom waxless base treatment for skis...
Midsummer madness or the right time to 'wax' skis?
Having received my Wailer 112 F direct from DPS at the end of last winter to evaluate (more on that when I've had longer to ride them, but first impressions are that the 112 is a true one-quiver ski) I thought it was time to apply the game-changing DPS Phantom 2.0 waxless base reatment that we were given to test.
Phantom is an environmently-friendly permanent, one-time application, waxless base treatment that has been created by DPS to forever eliminate the need for waxing skis and snowboards.
The reason that 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 now's the time!
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!
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.
In an ideal world, I'd be out on the slopes right now testing it out. But check back in a few months and I'll let you know,, along with an in-depth review of the Wailers themselves.
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