Technical Talk - Phantom Wax

Technical Talk - Phantom Wax

Here the PHANTOM Wax team break it all down for you - what is PHANTOM? Why bother? How does it work? Keep reading to find out.

PHANTOM is a permanent, one-time application base treatment that provides increased glide across all conditions. A disruptive, truly innovative solution that ushers in a new era in snowsports.

PHANTOM’s patent-pending polymer technology offers ultimate convenience combined with great glide performance. Cured PHANTOM is an inert substance, meaning your skis or snowboard can continue to glide while not contaminating the watershed.


One-Time Permanent Application
PHANTOM only needs to be applied once...ever. It penetrates deep into the base material and is permanently bonded, regardless of the number of days ridden. Unlike wax, PHANTOM isn’t a topical layer that wears off immediately and requires continual application to achieve performance.

Faster Than Universal Wax
Consistent glide and speed. PHANTOM is fast across a broad range of conditions and temperatures. PHANTOM mirrors the glide of all-temperature wax in most mid-winter snow conditions, and exceeds it in warmer snow temperatures.

Environmentally Friendly
Traditional fluoro waxes are comprised of unstable toxic chemicals that breach into the watershed, causing widespread damage to the ecosystem and health of all living organisms. PHANTOM is engineered to feature the fastest components of traditional fluoro waxes but in functional groups that are fully inert to the environment once cured.

PHANTOM penetrates deep into the base of your ski or snowboard and is permanently bonded. It only needs to be applied once...ever.

Traditional Wax is a topical layer that begins to wear off immediately,
and requires continual application to realize performance.


Permanence breeds ultimate convenience. With PHANTOM, you apply the formula once at any point in your ski or snowboard’s life cycle, whether new or used.

It’s that simple. PHANTOM’s sophisticated, timed polymerization process permanently penetrates deep into the base material with powerful go-fast fluoro compositions designed to operate across all snow temperatures. Even when the ski or snowboard goes into a shop for stone grinding, the next fresh layer of PHANTOM is exposed – ready to glide.

Unless you are constantly waxing with correct temperature specific waxes, PHANTOM is faster across all conditions over time because its performance is consistent, whereas conventional wax quickly wears away, causing glide to deteriorate.

Periodic base maintenance is essential to optimize the performance of your PHANTOMed skis/snowboard. With occasional base polishing to remove the natural abrasive effects of harsh snow, PHANTOM keeps running surfaces gliding
like new. In the case of severe abrasion, a fresh stone grind is recommended; this will eliminate micro-hairs and yield a fresh PHANTOM surface.

Today’s snow is tomorrow’s water.
Cured PHANTOM is an inert substance, meaning your skis or snowboard can continue to glide without contaminating the watershed. The innovation centres around the inclusion of short-chain, glide-friendly fluorocarbon functional groups, but in a superior, new delivery method that renders them inert and harmless to humans, plants and animals, once cured into a ski or snowboard base. Cured PHANTOM doesn’t cause biological damage, and doesn’t present any long-term environmental risks.

Because wax is inherently softer than base material, friction from snow causes it to shed into the ecosystem during the use and degradation process (the reason you have to constantly reapply wax). You can see this effect on a warm day when the snow beneath your boards turns the colour of your wax. When the snow melts, wax flows into streams, rivers, and soil. Toxic chemicals then react with organic systems: fish, land animals, plants, and human drinking water are all subject to reactions that create permanent free radical damage. Worse yet, PFCs are indestructible and proliferate indefinitely throughout the ecosystem, causing ongoing damage to life.

PHANTOM upends this whole narrative, and presents a clean future for snowsports while delivering both performance and convenience.

Home Application.
PHANTOM can be applied by an individual with access to direct and consistent UV sunlight to activate and cure the formula. Ideally, this should be done during the Spring, Summer, and Autumn seasons when the sun is high and temperatures are above freezing. For proper PHANTOM application, it’s critical for there to be strong, direct sunlight and temperatures over 32oF / 0oC.
• PHANTOM 1-part cure time under direct outdoor sun is roughly 1 hour. It takes approximately 20 minutes of additional prep work and brushing to complete an application.
• Not-provided items/services needed for proper DIY PHANTOM application include a ski or snowboard base cleaner, or alternatively, employing a ski/snowboard shop to clean bases via stone grinding prior to application.

Cure Station.
PHANTOM can be applied professionally by an authorized PHANTOM installer using a PHANTOM Cure Station.
The curing process takes approximately 20 minutes, with some additional preparation and soak time. Cure Station application, available at select PHANTOM dealers, is the most precise and fastest method to apply PHANTOM to skis or snowboards, and is a reliable all-season solution during the low light winter months, especially in more extreme latitudes, and in wetter climates where sunshine isn’t consistent.