Atomic Bent Chetler

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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. - Backcountry.com

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