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Never wax again. Skiers, let that sink in—much the way that Phan­tom, a per­ma­nent base treat­ment, seeps into your ski. Ap­ply it, and it makes your ski stronger and faster, while for­ever elim­i­nat­ing the need to wax. It’s an up-front in­vest­ment for years of re­turn per­for­mance.

Here’s how it works: Sim­ply paint the liq­uid onto the bases of your skis (make sure they’re clean), let it cure in the sun or at a DPS cure sta­tion in your lo­cal shop, then re­peat the process one more time. UV light trig­gers a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion that al­lows Phan­tom to pen­e­trate the en­tire ski base (it’ll take longer on a cloudy day). The ben­e­fits are man­i­fold: First, it’s su­per-con­ve­nient—no more reap­ply­ing wax. Sec­ond, you get con­sis­tent glide over all snow con­di­tions and most tem­per­a­tures (wax is slightly bet­ter in su­per-warm temps), which one ed­i­tor ap­pre­ci­ated when spring snow in the Pi­o­neers turned to af­ter­noon mashed pota­toes. Third, Phan­tom makes the base more durable, guard­ing against core shots and other dam­age. Fi­nally, it’s greener. Wax is made with PFCs, a toxic sub­stance that ul­ti­mately ends up in our wa­ter­sheds—Phan­tom isn’t. That adds up to a prod­uct that’s bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tive in ev­ery as­pect. Let that sink in. –M. H. $100; dpsskis.com

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