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Waist Width: 120
The pro model of Atomic athlete Chris Benchetler is the widest ski Atomic makes, with a 120-mm waist for maximum flotation. It's a newschool powder-specific, bi-directional twintip built for loose, smeary, playful performance in deep snow, 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, ideal for the kind of powder jibbing and backwards riding that Benchetler prizes. 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.