Atomic Backland Bent Chetler (2017)


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Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 120
Tip/Tail/Waist: 142-120-134
Lengths: 179, 185, 192

The Atomic Bent Chetler, which returns with a new graphic and slightly lighter weight for 2017, is the pro model of Atomic athlete Chris Benchetler. It's the widest ski Atomic makes, with a 120-mm waist for maximum flotation in deep snow, and it's built for maximum creativity in the steep and deep. It's a newschool, bi-directional twin-tip designed to be loose, smeary, and playful in deep powder, with pronounced, symmetrical rocker in the tip and tail. The sidecut is forward-waisted for enhanced performance going backward. There's camber underfoot for minimal edge grip, but the cambered section amounts to only 40 percent of the total length of the ski. The tip is not only rockered and tapered, but features a unique design for still more looseness in deep snow, called HRZN tech. The tip is convex, or spoon-shaped; Atomic calls it "horizontal rocker." The result is a ski that is as slippery and smeary in deep snow as a ski can get, never hooky at high speed, ideal for the kind of powder jibbing and backwards riding for which Benchetler is known. The Bent Chetler is built around a lightweight wood core with carbon reinforcement. It features Atomic's Step-Down Sidewall construction: higher sidewalls underfoot for solidity and edge grip; lower sidewalls topped by cap construction tip and tail for softer torsional rigidity and more forgiving performance. It's available in three lengths: 178, 185 and 192 cm. Atomic, founded in 1955, is based in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria (near Salzburg), where the majority of its skis are made. Along with sister brands Salomon and ArcTeryx, it is a division of Amer Sports of Finland, which acquired it in 1994. Its U.S. headquarters are in Ogden, Utah. -J.C.