Why We Chose The Atomic Bent Chetler 120: floaty, playful, classic
Lengths (cm): 176, 184, 192
Sidecut (mm): 143-120-134 (184cm)
Radius: 19m (184cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1800g (184cm)
Few skis rival the Bent Chetler 120’s reputation. From its inception in 2007, the Bent Chetler 120 has gathered something of a cult following among freestylers and freeriders alike.
Chris Benchetler, pro skier and mastermind behind his namesake ski, created the Bent Chetler in partnership with Atomic to enable him to ‘surf the mountain’. We can’t think of a better way to sum up this ski’s buoyancy and playfulness in the deep stuff.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, the Bent Chetler boasts the most vibrant and otherworldly graphics, penned by none other than Chris Benchetler himself. The Bent Chetler 120’s are a joy to behold and a joy to ski. Listen to Benchetler talk you through the Bent Chetler 120’s history before demonstrating the ski’s surfability here.
“Chris Benchetler… created the Bent Chetler in partnership with Atomic to enable him to ‘surf the mountain’”
Atomic Bent Chetler 120 Build
Poplar wood, renowned amongst ski manufacturers for its light weight and stability, forms the Bent Chetler’s core. A carbon insert, located in the ski’s centre and spanning the length of the ski, enhances rigidity and power without additional weight.
Whilst 1.8kg per ski might sound on the heavier side given the ever-diminishing weight of skis, most other skis don’t come with a whopping 120mm underfoot and a 176cm minimum ski length. The Bent Chetler 120 is a whole lot of ski for comparatively little weight, one of the crucial components to the Bent Chetler’s success as the ultimate powder ski.
“These skis hold an edge when required”
Sidewalls across the full length of the ski ensure that, even at 120mm underfoot, these skis hold an edge when required. Atomic’s Dura Cap sidewalls provide coverage from the skis base to topsheet for added robustness and durability. This’ll be needed if you plan to follow in Chris Benchetler’s footsteps, sending massive 360s and cork 7s off cliffs (you know, that sort of thing).