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Smooth, sick moves for a big stick.

More versatile than you'd think a 123-millimeter-waisted fatty would be, the Atomic Bent Chetler Ski floats through the deepest, mankiest snow but has traditional camber underfoot for lively and powerful turning. Atomic’s Powder Rocker delivers plenty of rocker in the tip and tail―in fact, 60% rocker―so there’s no such thing as a day that’s too deep or grabby. Powder frenzy to face-plant? Not a chance. Step-down sidewall construction and a wood core keep it quick edge-to-edge and carbon SPB inserts dampen the chatter when you're doing a long-ass straightline. A true freeride board, this is the one you take on that heli trip or storm-chasing.

  • Powder Rocker profile with traditional camber underfoot
  • Step down sidewall construction
  • Wood core
  • Carbon SPB inserts in front and in back of mounting area
  • Wide turn radius sidecut

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Gearheads do Powder Mountain!

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Customer Service Supervisor Chris J surfin on the Bents at a sleeper pow day at Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.

Check 0:46 to see these in action.

Carving up Snowbird in spring!

Carving up Snowbird in spring!

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Great ski for spring powder and slush on the warmer days!

Hey, I wanted to know if this would be a...

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Hey, I wanted to know if this would be a good one quiver ski for me. I live up in Colorado, and the conditions change from icy and slushy, to a couple feet of powder. I'm 15 just under 5'8" and still growing. I think I would be a high advanced to expert skier. Would this be the right bigger one quiver ski? Thanks!

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Im not sure that most people would call the Bent Chetler a one ski quiver of any size but if you are looking for a big powder ski that is a blast to ride then it is all that. Bent Chetlers do pretty good on groomers considering their size, especially if you take the time to really learn them. I was very surprised at how well I could carve mine, even on firm snow. Just remember it is a very wide ski with a ton of rocker so don't compare them to narrower skis.

How much do you weigh and were you thinking of a specific size? Im just gonna throw one other ski at you because of your age, why not look at a JJ in the 185cm length?

SKifreak

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I a bigger guy I guess, I'm 180 and I was looking at the 183.

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I'm 6'1" 178 lbs but 42 years old and I owned the 192cm so the 183cm should be ok for you. Your weight could stand the 192 but it is a big heavier ski for somebody that's 5'8" and 15 in my opinion. If you think you will be gaining height over the next year and are a very aggressive charger the 192cm may work. You will give up some of the easier to swing around in tight spaces feeling and nimbleness for awhile. Also if you do a lot of spinning, switch, moguls, park type playing around it will seem big until you grow more.

More fun immediately = 183cm

Long term investment as long as you and your ability both grow , you are a strong aggressive kid, and you ski big places with deeper snow = 192cm

Let me know if you have any other questions.


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So would the 183 work for me, and then I could grow into it? or do you think that being 5'8" would be too short

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Your last post is a little confusing to me. A better way to look at it is how long do you want to own this ski? Are you and your parents the type of people that change gear every year, or do you guys ski the same skis for several years? I think for this season and the entire next season the 183cm will be ok. If you end up being 6' tall and push 200lbs in two years the 183cm will be too short.

That's why I said go for the 183cm for immediate fun and nimbleness or go long and deal with a big ski until you grow into it more. I think a 15 year old kid would enjoy the 183cm more. No matter what a 192cm bent chetler is not a lightweight ski to have on your feet all day long.

What other skis do you currently ski on and what other wide skis have you tried?

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I want to make them last for about a season or two, and my parents arn't very tall so I dont know how much more I will grow. Right now I ski on the Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer. I've tried the K2 Hellbents, and the Armada Magic J.

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If thats the case I would hate for you to jump to the 192cm, stick with the 183cm and just have a blast. How did you like the Hellbents and the Magic J? Or what didn't you like about them? I skied the Bents plus I own a 185jj and 195cm akjj.

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The Hellbent were a a lot of fun, I rode them in Steamboat with a huge dump and they floated like nothing, and I was really surprised on how they did on groomers. When I got up to speed they did have a a lot of tip flat. They were a really big ski though, and when it got to tight quicker turns I had to put in a good amount of effort. The Magic J was awesome! I loved how playful they were and felt pretty light in the air. I tried my first 360 off a cliff with these and they also felt solid when landing in powder. Also they were pretty quick to turn. When I did hit a little patch of ice on a turn I would lose it pretty quick, the hellbents did a bit better with keeping a edge. I mean with a ski this wide I don't think you can expect amazing edge hold.

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The Magic J was awesome! you said above so why aren't you buying that one? My rule of thumb I tell anybody is that if you try a ski and fall in love with it then buy it. Don't spend time and energy looking for something else because you will judge the ski you bought against the one that you loved every time!!

Remember a 183cm Bent Chetler will ski very short, tons of rocker in them. Not sure what size of Magic J you tried.

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I tried them in a 180 Magic J. But the reason I was looking at the Bent Chetler is because its a bit smaller and I've herd it's tons on fun all over the mountain not just in pow

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It is super fun. I had a blast on the 192cm. Very poppy, surfy, and I thought it did great on groomed runs for such a wide ski. Was a total kick in the pants. Just remember the 183cm Bent will feel shorter than the 180 Magic J. It will feel turnier to you and thats what you are looking for anyways. Sounds like you got your ski picked out so go for it and just keep making me feel young with those 360's off the cliffs. I told my boys about you, they loved it!

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That's awesome! Thank you so much for you're help!!

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I have one more question about theses skis. How well can they make quick turns, in powder and in hard pack tight trees? I know getting on theses will be bit of a jump but if they have a quicker turn radius then it will be easier to handle a ski that big

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Hey Will,
This was my first "fat" ski and the turning radius was a major selling point for me. I have not been disappointed in the slightest by how fast i can make turns in trees or on the bumps. If quick turns is your concern with a ski this big I would stick with the bent chetler. It takes a little bit to get used to these on hard pack but they work great, especially for how big they are. Feel free to hit us up at 1-800-409-4502 if you have any more questions!

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Sorry Will I just came across your last posting on April 1st, its not easy to keep up on responses but I think they are working on it. I m not sure I would describe the ski as quick but you can make it pivot very well in tight spots. Even on the 193cm I could mold it to any shape I needed. But its not as tight as a JJ or AKJJ.

Let me know if you need anuyting else and I will try and keep looking at this post.


SF

The bent chetlers post maiden voyage

The bent chetlers post maiden voyage

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After a great day at the Bird

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A very responsive fat ski

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Although some may think the Bent Chetlers look like two snowboards, these are some light skis! They do a great job cutting though crud like butter on the days that powder is hard to come by. When you get a chance to enjoy some snow fall they are in their element. They have incomparable float and control in the powder. In short, these are the best skis I've ever ridden. Even on groomers and bumps the incredible turning radius make these skis a great choice for bombing runs.

A very responsive fat ski

Anybody have serious experience on...

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Anybody have serious experience on these?

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Hey Chris,

You should check out this review written by my friend Jason. He is a serious skier with serious experience! I hope this helps!

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-atomic-bent-chetler

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I own a 185jj of four years and last year I tried a 192 bent chetler for a couple days and then went with an AK Jj instead. If you are a young, strong, no knee issues person where swing weight isn't an issue go with the bents, they are a absolute blast! Super poppy, charge incredibly, I thought were great on groomers, awesome float, smile on my face like you couldn't believe. But after half a day my bad knee was ready for a break. Everybody in my local shop that sells both told me to stick with armada for that reason but I didn't believe them. The akjj almost as much fun and less swing weight so that's what made my mind up. Atomic has those carbon sprocket boosters that just scream fun!!

Not sure what lengths you are looking at anyways. And don't get me wrong I won't give up my 185jj , haven't found anything I like more in that size, length, versatility range.

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Fat and versatile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am an advanced skier, 5'10", 183cm, mounted -2.5cm and they are the 12/13 model.
Found a great deal online and Backcountry matched their price with no problem.
I ski primarily in VT but make it out west every year. Took these bad boys out in December and the conditions were like spring skiing. The BC's charged right through the heavy mash and on the groomers they ripped edge to edge. Had to work them a little but what do you expect for a 123mm waist? Overall these things were a blast to be on, skied like a 108mm waisted ski, and the versatility just blew me away. Definitely recommend picking these up if you can, I have yet to ski them in powder but I have no worries about their performance.

Update: Just a quick update on my season after using these sticks for about 95% of my season. Visited JH and MT for the better part of 3wks and used it every day on everything. Crushed bumps, mashed potatoes, tight trees in every condition, and oh so wonderful powder. Fast track to right now back in the Northeast, still was my go to set! People may say 123 is a little much for out here but baby you have no idea what you're talking about. They crush the manky and hardpack, squirly on the ice but they put a few new hairs on my chest so I am forever thankful. I figure this review may not be to much help for the future BC owners with the new HZN tech and 120 waist but I'm in love with these husky bastards!

Fat and versatile
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Do you like mounting them -2.5?

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Hey Chris, definitely go -2.5, they seem short but you can go edge to edge to problem and charge. I do not do a lot of switch skiing so I really didn't think about doing a center mount.

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get out of the way!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis charge through anything and everything. The ability to ski powder and to get through the crud is pretty inCRUDible! Surprisingly enough you can really get these skis on edge and rip a turn as well. Personally I have yet to ski a powder ski that can handle it all like the bentchetler does

just purchased the bent chetlers and i am...

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just purchased the bent chetlers and i am currently on the hunt for a pair of bindings; probably going to get the dukes or barons. has anybody had any luck bending the 110mm brakes to fit these guys or do you pretty much have to upgrade to the 130mm?

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Hey Greg,
In my experience that would be a bit of a stretch trying to get the 110s to fit. Go with the 130s, it will make both your life and your bindings life easier.

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From bitter experience of trying to use brakes that are too narrow (admittedly on a different ski) ... this can trash the side walls causing the skis to rapidly delaminate, and this is definitely not under warranty. Go with the 130s Greg!

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I have the 130s and they work great with my Bent Chetlers.

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How do they float compared to the Armada JJ?

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Hey Chris, I own both pairs and I just got back from Jackson where I took both pairs with me. The short answer is they are both great skis that won't let you down. The longer answer is that they are different. The Chetler just floats better and skis shorter (I own the 83 Chet and 85 JJ). There was 30" of new snow this weekend and the JJ's were making me work too much so I quickly went back to the hotel and grabbed the Chets for the rest of the weekend.

I prefer the Chet in the air as they are more poppy and have a more surfy feel. The JJ is a quicker turning ski that charges well. I like the JJ better for less snow and is probably the more versatile of the two. I live and ski in Utah where it is often deep so I prefer the chetler as a daily ski and keep the JJ's for a back up. One more thing is that you can feel a more solid tail behind you with the JJ's and they feel more connected with the ground (snow). The Chetler has a more poppy, active tail that wants to move around more or jump and that is a big reason why I feel lighter and more agile on the Chetlers.

Dear Backcountry,
You are missing the...

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Dear Backcountry,
You are missing the word "no" from your description of the Bent Chetlers this year. "so there?s such thing as a day that?s too deep or grabby", the word "no" should be included somewhere in that sentence, unless you are suggesting that given enough powder a day could be too deep for this ski, if that is the case than I apologize for my misunderstanding and please, carry on!
Sincerely,
Pete

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Ahh Pete,
Correct you are. No day should ever be too deep for the noble Chetler. A grave error indeed.
Thanks for your impeccable grammar skills!
I'll pass this onto our content team for fixing.

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AH HAH! Tis fixed!
Thanks again!