Atomic Bent Chetler
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182cm length = 142 mm(width at tip)-123 mm(width underfoot)-134 mm(width at tail) / 19 m turning radius
192cm length = 144.5 mm(width at tip)-123 mm(width underfoot)-136.5 mm(width at tail) / 20 m turning radius
Powder/Backcountry-Booter Ski. Triple stepdown sidewall construction. Pop Rocker 20 = rocker & taper on tip, rocker & taper on tail, normal camber and sidecut underfoot. Tip to tail wood core.
Size tested = 192cm. Number of days on Atomic Bent Chetler 2012 ski = approximately 45.
Reviewer = Miles Clark. Height = 6’1″, weight = 170 lbs. (special note: Bindings mounted 2.5 cm behind Team Line)
Before you call me out, I know that he is on the 2011 Bent Chetler in this vid. The 2012 Bent Chetler is 25% stiffer overall.
2012 Bent Chetler Ski Review:
Surf, surf, surf, all you hear about it how surfy this ski is….well…skiing the Bent Chetlers transmogrifies skiing powder into a transcendental experience. Yeah, no sh#t, the reverse camber make them surfy, but it’s more than that. These skis are just obtusely HUGE (especially the 192s). Now, combine that hugeness with the reverse camber, the more centered mount, and you’re not simply surfing your f$%kin’ BIG WAVE SURFIN’. I shouldn’t even have to define the distinction between regular surfing and big wave surfing. They are nothing alike and are two completely separate sports. The Big Wave & Bent Chetler Experiences involve: speed, float, freedom, pop, and a dangerous lack of fear.
The 2012 model is 25% stiffer than the 2011 was. The flex of the Bent Chetlers is softer than a “big mountain ski” which is what makes it so playful. When you’re maching (mach 1 = 348 m/s) out of The Palisades on wind packed cardboard, you’ll notice these skis being softer, but that’s not what these skis are for. They’re for pow, humans.
Where they excel: deep snow, pillows, spines, powder tree skiing, cliff dropping, corn, and especially anytime there are fun features to pop off at speed.
Where they hold back: hard snow, ice, heavy chop, moguls, basically all they places you clearly wouldn’t use a pow ski like this.
Simple Notes for the Simpletons on Bent Chetlers:
Stomping airs = Cake.
Mobbing at speeds you’ve never before attained = Commonplace.
Throwing Tricks off Natural Features = Rudimentary.
Mounting the Bent Chetlers:
Where to mount is biggest questions with this ski? If you’re throwing switch tricks like Chris himself, you wanna be on the Team Line. If you never ski backwards, as I don’t, then 2.5 cm back from the Team Line is the spot for you. If you’re in between, then mount ‘em in between. I don’t hear of many skiers going forward of the Team Line, but if this is your style, you know it and don’t need advice from me.
Video proof that they’re fun in the trees.
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