Great moves for a big stick.
More versatile than you'd think a 123mm-waisted ski would be, the Atomic Bent Chetler Ski is burly enough for the deepest, mankiest snow, but has traditional camber underfoot for gripping hardpack. Because face it: every day won't be a powder day.
- Powder Rocker profile, with rockered tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot for deepest of the deep and requisite edgehold
- Wood core with Carbon SPB--Sprocket Power Booster--for maximum pop
- Step Down Sidewall construction to withstand big-mountain abuse and deliver superb grip strength
- A 123mm waist is plenty fat and stable enough for pow, cut-up crud, and mashed potatoes
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Really fun pow ski. Very playful and full of poppy goodness (and I don't mean the flower). Huge surface area can handle the deepest of days!
Considering it's size, was very pleasantly surprised at how the ski has a really low swing weight. Not that you'd put fashion over function, but you gotta love the graphics on these (top and bottom)!
Why has the price gone up the last two...
Why has the price gone up the last two days?
probs cuz they have been selling fast and they are a business...might as well try to eek out a litlle profit. cant really complain to much about 40% off and free shipping, and life time warranty... back country rocks! (but i understand i have noticed that too, i have been watching the available inventory though and its been selling fast on this one)
oh just notcied the 183's are GONE! glad i picked up a pair at 45% off... and still debating on sizing up!!!
Hey Guys! Just a hot tip, right NOW is definitely the best time to buy skis on sale. As the new 2014 inventory hits shelves, people begin snatching up the remaining inventory on sale from last winter. If you are thinking about buying, don't wait! As we get closer to cold weather, the availability of last year's gear on sale will rapidly dwindle! Now is the time to snatch it up! Happens every year! : )
so my dilema is that im pretty short 5'9"......
so my dilema is that im pretty short 5'9"... but pretty heavy right now 205ish,(might be 185 or 205 by ski season depending if i get my ass in gear).... i ski 100 days a year in aspen snowmass. but i have been on some 168 icelantic nomads the last three seasons so im very used to shredding on short/fat(109) skis ( although tomahawks over the handle bars were not too uncommon) .... i think im strong enough and technically sound enough ( i am PSIA certified. blah blah) to grow into large skis , but do i need to jump into 192's right away or will 183s be enough ?!?!?! (this hopefully will be accompanied by a good firmer snow quiver ski so wont have to be used everyday) PLase help! :) thanks
I really dont want to be held back by fear of going over the handle bars which i realize is a problem on deep days on 168 icelantic nomads...
Are you as sick of summer as I am?
These Chertlers do have a decent amount of rocker, so they will ski a bit shorter than the actual length. That being said if you are moving from a 168cm ski, it sounds like you will probably be more comfortable on the 183cm size. The 192s are HUGE (granted, I am only 5'3" so they seem enormous to me when I've stood next to them), but I think a difference in nearly 10 inches may be overwhelming. The 183s will only be 6 inches taller than your current 168cms. There's my two cents, hope it helps! I need to get my ass in gear for ski season as well - THANKS for the reminder! :)
Thanks Lexi! I have been enjoying the heck out my new hyside mini max on the river this summer! but i am (as always) reasdy for ski season! My rule of thumb is once its august its okay to start obsessing over skiing again! lol. Thank you very much. I have oredred the 183 with FKS Pivot 140's. I have no doubt they are going to be playful and fun as can be. And im considering getting a true charging ski for days i really want to open it up.
After just getting my hands on the Chetler's...
After just getting my hands on the Chetler's I would like to get some opinions's on what binding to pair them with ? I want something which I can stomp with the confidence that the ski will stay on my foot,and allow me to charge a groomer too. I am 155 lbs and will be riding the 182's. Let me know your thoughts !
Hey there, thanks for the question!
You should check out this LOOK Pivot binding:
This is a great choice because it offers multi-directional release to help protect your knee when falling. It's a very durable, reliable choice for someone who charges. If you are hucking any big cliffs or are a particularly aggressive skier, we also offer the 16 DIN version, though 14 should be fine for most expert skiers. Once I tried the LOOK bindings, I never wanted another brand, it made me really dislike all the Marker bindings I've tried over the years.
I'm 6'1", 190 and ride the 183. They get me through the tight sections of Eagle's Nest at Alta, and I have no worries opening them up at the bottom of Third's. Epic Ski!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love the 'Chetlers.. I have skied these every year since they've come out and am very pleased with the new'ish 192cm size.. I always felt the 183 was a bit small for the ski's intended purpose, but they are still a great ski in that size. The Chet's are very playful will make all kinds of turns, from edging to slashing and slarving. They float very well and are playful even in a large size.. Don't let the short turn radius throw you, these will make quick work of big mountain and straight lining, but make sure to size up if that is your intention.This years ski has added stiffness and pop from carbon stringers, and the shape is more directional (from years past), translating into a super fun powder ski! These are sure to put a smile on your face..
If in sizing doubt get the 183's as I am pretty sure they have some sort of autopilot built in allowing you to focus only on having fun and finding little features to pop off of. That being said, I really am a huge fan of the 192's and would never go back to 183's... the 92's are definitely a hard charging ski, and much less forgiving. Ohh and I forgot to add, they are nice and light for their size making quick work out of skin tracks.. I have one pair mounted with dynafit's they easy to skin with and of course super fun on the way down
Changing my old S7 188 to the Bent Chetler. 183 or 192?
I'm 5'9" 190lbs, good POW skier...never had issues with the 188 Rosi's...but I believe the rossignols are softer.
I am leaning towards the 192...any thaughts ?
Thank you all !
First big mountain ski, I am 6' 2/3" and...
First big mountain ski, I am 6' 2/3" and 170 pounds which length should I get, 183 or 192?
192 definitely. I am 6'3" and appreciate a longer ski for more support in big mountain sections. The added length will go a long way in giving you a better all around experience.
I have a chance to get me...
I have a chance to get me a pair of this years' Bents, demos, w/bindings, for a very good price. 183" in length. However, after reading some of these reviews. . . I'm left a-wondering. . . Atomic Auto's? Armada JJ's? etc. . .
I currently ride a pair of Atomic Nomads, which are fine for the harder days, etc, but, watching my 17yr. old son absolutely shred on his pair of Bents, and listening to him talk about how they've made him a better skier, etc, I decided I prolly needed a more dedicated pow/potato ski. I am a 51yr.old father, but am still a decent charger(not as much as him!), just in a more traditional way. I also realize I might have to "learn" a new way of skiing with these, or any other fatty rockered ski, but. . . I'm ready to take that on, I spose. . . Anyway, just feeling a little nervous before pulling the $$ trigger on these, and wanting to get the right pair of skis! Thanks for your opinions!
I am 53 and this ski changed my skiing life. I had the JJ and my friends have the new Automatics. I have tried both and I have to say the Bent is by far the best. The most fun and forgiving ski I have ever been on. Make
s things that were challenging easy. I ski more than 30 days a year at Tahoe areas so I have had them in all conditions. I even use them on back country touring days. Mounted with the Marker F12 tour binding, makes for a light setup. I would recommend just buying the new skis and binding here on sale. You will appreciate the weight savings over the demo bindings. I have the 183 and mounted them on the -3 spot. Awesome setup! 6' 190lbs
Someone told me that the marker F12 Tour will ruin this awesome ski, and i was looking forward to buy those bindings, since they are on sale at 250. A friend recommend a marker Baron or the Duke, a more robust binding. How's the F12 had work for you?
Pure Killer Ski
I demoed these skis in Whistler Blackcomb and absolutley loved them. I skied tight trees powder stashes and groomed runs, which the Bent Chetler made every one of these fun. Awsome Ski, super versital, get them!
Best ski on the planet.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Had them since january 1st put about 20 day on them. To be honest ive never had so much fun on a pair of skis. They're super duper poppy, but still very stable at high speed, and hitting big drops. They flick and slash around in the trees like none other. I feel very confident to charge mostly anything when there on my feet. My go to ski for everything the mountain has to offer (even many park laps on no snow days). I recommend these over any other choice you have, if you want a pow slayer, butter master, speed freak, and turning legend all in one fat ski that pops like a park ski, and can land switch in the deepest of deep, this is the ski for you.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've ridden this ski about 15 days in the PNW. They killed it in early December while storms were dumping pow. I've also skied them on days with only a few fresh inches and they killed it as well.. Very solid to charge on, yet playful as can be.
my faves so far...
after two days testing the 192 length in some seriously variable sketchy conditions I could not be happier. I am 5'11" 164-167lbs plus gear. These skis are light in the tips and tails which reduce swing weight. They are stiffer in the forebody with the tail being a touch softer. I find that better for charging through chop or broken snow conditions. It took about 1/2 a run to figure out the sweet spot then wow. They roll up onto edge easier than the Pettitor and have an incredible grip for a 123mm waisted ski. They can change directions quickly like the Opus (118mm waist) and hold at least as good. Skied the Squad 7's a couple of days and the Chetlers are better in every way imo. Just plain fun...Skied these the second day in 6" of pow over a frozen wet and in some aspects a crusty layer underneath. Have confidence these get it done. Flying on top of the pow you can smear or adjust your turn radius and not feel locked in like on the squad or Pettitor. Stoked! Mounted mine one hash mark behind the "factory team"line meaning 3cm behind true center. Have a 306mm BSL if that helps.
Fun, charger, energetic, but not for me
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After two days on the Bent and two days on the akjj I prefer the feel of the akjj. The Bent was significantly heavier in swing weight, stiffer tips and tails, just felt overall burlier. An absolute blast if you have the energy and stamina to ride it all day, the tails just launched me off everything in site. Carved groomers exceptionally well and very stable. I own a pair of 185 jjs so I'm more used to the weight being under my feet and the Bents weight is felt from tip to tail. I'm just old enough to realize that it was only going to be a half day ski for me. The akjj I could ride all day.
Fun, playful, and stable
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This is a great ski. Ridden in two light and fluffy powder days. Amazing float. Because they keep you on top, the skis allow you to carve even in powder. Very playful. When making quick, short turns, the Bent Chetlers are very poppy but stable. Haven't had much time in crud and chop yet. Surprisingly carves well on groomers. They don't just get you back to the lift. I mounted mine on the team line, which is 2.5cm back from center. I ride in forward direction only. Fairly aggressive and hard charging style. I might tweak this a little. Need to put in a few more days to decide for sure. Overall, awesome skis.
Where do the majority of the people recommend...
Where do the majority of the people recommend mounting the bindings at? Factory recommended line or farther back? Any thoughts out there?
I am a forward directional rider. I mounted mine at team line, which is 2.5cm behind center in 183 length. In powder I have not had any nose dive and the ski handles fairly well. I still get the feeling that there is a little too much ski in the rear however. I am considering mounting another cm behind current position. I think I need another couple of days to decide. Hope this helps.
I have mine center mounted, love them like this, ski still floats like a charm, and landing switch is as easy as any ski ive ever owned. If you into back country freestyle id go as close to center as you feel comfortable.
im 5'11" 200 lbs. im an advanced skier and...
im 5'11" 200 lbs. im an advanced skier and like hucking cliffs and shredding bowls. should i go with the 183 or the 192?
I am 5' 9'' 205. I tried the 183 on a cat ski trip and they were great. Super turny and great in the pow. But didn't give me the big carving turns quite like I was used to. Then just yesterday on a big dump day on Mt. Hood I demoed the 192. Again, great in the pow but I was worried they might not be quick in the trees. So I took them into a few tight sections where the trees were only 3 feet apart and still super turny. Then when I opened them up on the bowls they ruled with big arcing turns. Bottom Line: if you're going to use these as primarily powder skis with some tight stuff here and there the 192 should work just fine. I'm saving up all my pennies to someday get a pair.
Bents Chetlers or AK JJ? Pros and cons to...
Bents Chetlers or AK JJ? Pros and cons to each? I want so bad to buy the Bents due to the absolute sick graphics but everybody I talk to says the AKJJ is by far the way to go.I own a pair of 185JJ's but for 2 years I wish they were longer for the deep days. Any thoughts from skiers who ride each would be much appreciated.
They are basically the same ski. Armadas are made in the atomic factory, and the Ak jj is almost identical to the Bentchetler, but it does not have the sprocket boosters like the Bentchetler. I have road the jj and bentchetler, and like the bentchetler a lot more.
I'm torn between these and the Sideseth,...
I'm torn between these and the Sideseth, I ski everywere on the mountain so I need something that handles the groomed runs quite well. However I prefer spending as much time as possible on the powder runs.But I'm not sure which skis to get? I'm 6'7 (crazy tall) and weigh 185lbs and these are longer so they would seem like a better choice. I'm a very aggressive skier and I know both skis are extremely well made. I currently ride 2010 Obsetheds, and I love them, but don't know which ski would be best. Help please?
Sideseth is less poppy, more damp, and feels heavier underfoot, (but weight is very close to 183 Bents). I found them to be stable and predictable, but rather boring (or "mature," depends on your perspective) compared to the first generation Bents I used to have. I was surprised by how heavy the Sideseth is, definitely not what I would consider for extended tours, so it seems like it would be better suited for big mountain charging. Bents are much more playful and fun if you like to slarve, pop, ollie, and shred tight trees.