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There are two ways to look at the mountain: as an obstacle that you need to conquer, or as an ever-changing playground that offers limitless possibilities for self-expression. The Atomic Bent Chetler Ski is firmly in the latter camp. It's always been a fun, jib-ready powder ski, but this time around it's been re-engineered to float through the blower even more easily, charge down crud like a freight train, and spin, butter, and pop like gravity doesn't apply to it. What sort of soul-selling did Atomic have to agree to hit this sort of do-it-all shred benchmark? None, actually. It just built the Bent Chetler using Step Down ABS sidewalls and brand-spanking-new HRZN Tech--a subtle edge-to-edge horizontal rocker, like the hull of a boat--to increase the Chetler's tip and tail surface area by 10% without boosting the swing weight or reducing the ski's ability to track and resist deflection. Along with the tip and tail Powder Rocker, this gives the Chetler a loose and super-playful feel so you can butter, slash, and powerslide your way around the mountain like Chris Bentchetler, the guru of easy-breezy backcountry jibbing.
The Chetler's not a one-trick pow pony, though. The poppy and playful Lite Woodcore gets a stiffness boost from Carbon Sprocket Booster inserts, which are laid up fore and aft of the binding area to maximize stability and increase edge hold so you can mach through chop and chunder without feeling like you're going to get bucked into a tree. Burly sidewalls give you extra edging powder, and the Chetler's 40% of traditional camber take the pucker out of high-speed groomer laps, so you can rally it every day of the winter if you so choose. If the mountain's going to be your playground, you'd better be able to get rad no matter the conditions.
- Powder Rocker (rockered tip and tail, traditional camber underfoot)
- HRZN Tech edge-to-edge rocker
- Lite Woodcore
- Carbon Sprocket Power Booster inserts
- Step Down 2.0 ABS sidewalls
- Extra tip and tail surface area
Share your thoughts
A whole new ski
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I had the opportunity to ski these skis for a day at Alta last season. It happened to be a pow day...weird.
I have been on the JJ's for 4 years now and I think this is the ski that has convinced me to leave them. I have also skied previous models of the Bent Chetler and this is a whole new ski.
What's new from the old Bent Chetlers?
1) It's a bit stiffer. I was stoked on the flex of this one, it felt more stable than it's been in the past and was noticeable on the bigger, steeper lines. The turning radius hasn't changed much but it still felt nice and stable when mobbin fast, and open. Stomps cliffs like a boss also.
2) HRZN Tech obviously. This is the boat hull-like tip and tail everyone's been talking about. A couple things I noticed here is that the tips didn't want to sink quite as much and made for some smooth turns in the deep snow. Also, it dominated as the snow got cruddy. It did a good job of pushing snow away from the ski so that you could still lay down a nice carve.
I am 6'2" 175lbs, an aggressive skier and skied the 185cm size. I would jump up to the 192s if (when?) I get myself a pair. Overall these are more of a charger than they've been in the past, but still a super fun, playful ski.
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New Bents doing their thing
2015 Bent Chetlers at Alta