With a new pair of skis for the 2020-2021 season ready to go I wanted to try the DPS Phantom permanent base treatment on them but could not get behind paying a shop $150 to do it for me.

I had heard the Phantom treatment went from being a ‘complicated mess’ from its post-Kickstarter days, to ‘better’ in version 2.0 – but wasn’t aware of the latest change which moved the whole thing to a one-part process (still involving a few steps, of course).

One thing to note – it’s very hard to tell exactly what you are getting when it comes to ordering DPS Phantom online since there are a wide variety of versions of Phantom out there. I ordered from this link at Amazon and got the very latest, one-part treatment here – you need to be careful here since the other, cheapest options may not be the newest version of Phantom.

After letting the skis warm up in the sun for about a half-hour, I got started.

The first thing I did after cleaning the bases was set up a clean area in the garage, out of the sun but well ventilated, to apply the treatment.

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DPS Phantom, freshly applied and still wet.

Truth is, reading reviews I was expecting this to be a complete mess, with chemical goop everywhere!

But in reality, the newest generation of Phantom was not like what I read in reviews at all of the previous ones – each packet was just enough for one ski and there wasn’t much, if anything, left to wipe up or drip on to the top sheets at all.

I had timed this to be done on a beautiful fall day with 100% sunshine in the SLC valley and temperatures in the 40s and the Phantom treatment cured up beautifully in about 75 minutes, with no wet areas or anything.

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DPS Phantom curing in the warm Utah sun

After following the directions for post-application treatment everything is looking good – I’ll update this after I can get out on the snow this season.