The Phantom is an incredible board and puts up numbers no other shortboard can. The question is, should you upgrade to the Phantom PRO.
My answer is yes, and I'm going to explain exactly why.
First, we need to look at what additional items come with the Phantom PRO, and why those items are crucial.
Cloudwheels allow you to take your riding off-road. They have foam cores that absorb a ton of force and not only allow you to go off-road but also take away stress when riding over adversity in the road, like cracked pavement or rocks.
I'm going to be straight forward, without Shredlights you're not riding at night. It's that simple. Nobody will be able to see you and you won't be able to see the road in front of you, creating huge risks.
The Jetpack has 10 unique features that prepare you for any skate adventure. You may think "I probably won't need those features" and then next thing you know your buddies' board dies. What happens next? Well if you have a Miles Jetpack you'll be able use the handy dandy tow strap to bring them back home. I can't tell you how many times I've used the gadgets of the Jetpack. Not to mention the fact that carrying your board around by hand sucks but with Jetpack it's easy. For example, I always put my board in my Jetpack when I go to the grocery store.
Am I biased? Yes, but the facts are all on the table now. So don't just take my word for it, see what others say.