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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

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5 5

The most fun you can have on snow

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This past winter I spent roughly 150 days riding only this ski (185 most days, 192 for bigger lines) and I've never been more pleased with the way one ski performed in almost every imaginable condition. Of course, this is a "powder ski" but I used it everywhere... Big lines, fresh backcountry powder, shredded in-bounds scraps, bulletproof hardback, deep slush, and in the terrain park. It excels in powder, with the HRZNtech "boat hull" shape really in its element, making smear turns, butters, and all-around playful goodness being where it is best suited. The 192 length is a little bit stiffer if you're a bit more of the charging type.

It also performs surprisingly well on groomers, and holds an edge very well considering its width. This is not a race ski... if all you want to do is link turns on corduroy, look elsewhere. In the deep springtime slush conditions, you will be blasting past everyone and absorbing choppy terrain like nothing.

If you want one ski to do it all, and prefer a fat ski over something skinny and cambered, you will not be disappointed. If you only hit powder or anything soft a couple of times a year, and love carving aggressively on ice more often than not, it might not be the ski you're after.

4 5

A different breed of pow ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Skied them at Alta last spring.

Groomers: I found the skis perform reasonably well. While they did anything but carve, they were stable and surfy on corduroy, and the tips didn’t exhibit the slightest “rocker flap.”

Packed Powder: These sticks are like tanks that gobble up everything in their path. Although the tips and tails are beveled with HRZN Tech, and are therefore lighter than most, I never felt that they folded under pressure when the going got rough.

Ice: I slipped and slid on ice like never before and sometimes got seriously spooked when side-stepping over exposure. I’m used to skis with more camber, flatter tails and ample sidecut for times like these, so the Bent Chetler were not fun until I got into softer stuff. To be fair, these are powder-specific skis, so nobody can reasonably expect anything more from them while staring down a chute covered in wind-scoured styrofoam.

Powder: With the bindings at a more center mount, I had to keep my stance far more forward than usual and really dig in with the tips to the point that I felt like I would tip head over heels. But those tips don’t dip with the HRZN Tech that acts like the hull of a boat. Now that I figured out how to manage the rockered, beveled tails, I’m in love with the new Atomic Bent Chetlers. Those “spooned” tips and tails could probably scoop ice cream, and they love to make wide-sweeping turns on open faces, but also do well while tree skiing in the deep.

A different breed of pow ski
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5 5

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.

If you have any other questions with them or would like to order a pair, hit me up! adegnan@backcountry.com