2020 Atomic Bent Chetler 100

The Atomic Bent Chetler 100 was a brand-new ski for the 2018/19 ski season and quickly gained a strong following and reputation. It’s back unchanged for 2020, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s still in Atomic’s lineup. Among a sea of innovative technologies and new materials, the Bent Chetler 100 is relatively straight-forward in its construction. Atomic uses their Light Woodcore in a sandwich construction, which feels refreshingly simple. The profile of the ski is rocker/camber/rocker, and although it’s billed as a directional shape, it’s also a twin tip. On those tips and tails, you’ll find Atomic’s HRZN technology, which can most easily be described as rockered edges, almost like a boat hull. The idea is to have better displacement in soft snow (again, boat hull…), which boosts the ski’s float. If the construction is simple, judging by the reactions from our testers, its level of performance is far from that.

Matt McGinnis tested the 180 cm Bent Chetler 100 and had some thorough feedback for us. “Summed up in just a word, these skis are ‘lively.’ Or maybe just ‘fun.’ Actually, there’s plenty to say about these skis, but the bottom line is they’re just super enjoyable.” Matt’s opinion was reflected in his scores, 5 out of 5 for quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, versatility, and overall impression.” “Quick edge to edge, easy to engage and ready to pop at any time. The best part about these skis is that they’d be a great option for a wide range of skiers. You don’t have to be super talented to ski them, but the better you are, the better they get.”

Jeff Neagle tested the 180 cm Bent Chetler 100 and was most impressed by its versatility, playfulness, and quickness, giving all those criteria a 5 out of 5. Overall impression also came in with the coveted 5 out of 5 score. “Super fun all mountain skis. Definitely my style. Tremendous value even with the slight increase in price for 2020. They do everything I like to do: play on natural hits, slash turns, but they also carve a turn better than you’d expect for a twin tip without metal or other additives.”

Michael Carroll-Sherwin was another who gave the Bent Chetler 100 5 out of 5 for every category. We rarely see scores like that in our test, and is a sure-sign a tester really, really enjoyed the ski. Michael even went as far as saying it has “fantastic edge hold” and that the “control at speed is confidence-inspiring.” Sure, it’s not going to have the edge grip of a race ski or a narrow carving ski, but for this width, this construction, and this feel, it’s pretty impressive feedback. Michael was on the 188 cm length, which certainly helped in these departments. “This could easily be your favorite ski of the year if you give it a chance.”

Benny Wax, who skied the 172 cm length, was most impressed by the ski’s playfulness and maneuverability. It “skied a little short on the groomers” for Benny, but he was the only tester on that 172 cm length. “In the wet and corn snow this was really fun. Able to snake through the bigger corn-covered moguls. So playful, loves to hop and carve through all of it!”

Mike Aidala thought the Bent Chetler 100 was “great fun!” after testing the 180 cm length. Mike’s our Customer Service Manager and “now knows why we have been selling so many of the Bent Chetler 100. These skis provide an awesome, playful performance for all-mountain rippers.”

Don’t let its lack of metal, carbon, or other additive materials turn you off from the Bent Chetler 100. It’s a super-fun ski that’s incredibly versatile. One might think it lacks in the stability department, but our testers didn’t think so. A heavy, super-powerful skier might want more, but heavier, stiffer skis can’t match the fun-factor of the Bent Chetler 100.

Testers

Matt McGinnis

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Surfy freeride with a freestyle background

Evan Caha

Age: 30Height: 5'10"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and adventurous with a love for high edge angles

Benny Wax

Age: 68Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Michael Carroll-Sherwin

Age: 30Height: 6'1"Weight: 185 lbs.

Ski Style: Quick and nimble with freeride influence

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Harrison Gorham

Age: 34Height: 6'0"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Heavily mustachioed and always watching out for the kids

48 Comments on the “2020 Atomic Bent Chetler 100”

    1. Hi David!
      I hope they can work it out and no one gets hurt. The pilot matters in this scenario. I’m 6’2 220, so I’m going with the Rustler 10 because I need some metal for stability due to my size and aggressiveness. My buddy is 5’9 165 and he’s a BC 100 guy all the way. That said, the BC 100 will ultimately be more “playful” due to the softer build and slightly narrower shape. The bigger and more aggressive the skier, the more I’d side with the Rustler. Great question!
      SE

      1. Thanks for that info. I’m 6’1 and 200 ish, so the Rustler 10 it is. Found some of the old model (grey) for 350 so thinking thats a deal. Looking on your site now for bindings. Again thanks.

  1. Hi SE,
    Are you guys planning to make a full video review of BC100? Its pretty popular ski, lots of people would appreciate that.
    Thanks
    Jakub

  2. Hi, I previously bought the K2 Pinnacle 105 last week but do think I might have bought the Bent Chetler instead… I just noticed that in weight comparison the Pinnacle’s seems to be much heavier ( almost 400G ) than the Bent Chetler, which could give me a hard time when I’m going touring a bit.
    What do you guys think?
    I used to ski on old Rossignol S3 2013.
    I’m 25 Years Old, 6 Foot, only 130 LBS, average skier from Quebec.
    Not a very very agressive skier but I like to charge a bit.
    Prefer skiing during powder days.
    No park, much woods, and a few days of touring also.
    Might also go touring in the West Coast for a few days this winter.
    Thanks 🙂
    BTW, I’m well aware these 2 might not be the best oriented touring skis but I wanted an all around and that’s what the guy convinced me to buy at the shop. Should I return them?

    1. Hi Guillaume!
      The pure powder downhill performance of the 105 is likely to be better than that of the BC 100, but I would say that the BC 100 is a better touring option, especially if weight is a consideration (which it usually is). Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. Hi, i am 175cm 65kg, never on rocker ski before do you reccommend 172 bc or 180 bc.i i will mostly on groomed want to do some ground trick and want to go to powder on good day. Thx

    1. Hi Nick!
      I’d go with the 172, more so because I think the 180 will just feel too long/cumbersome if you want to make shorter and quicker turns. You’ll love the playfulness and maneuverability of the 172 BC 100 for sure. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hi,
    I am currently trying to decide between this and the Sky 7. Are the Bent Chetlers as easy to turn and forgiving?
    How would you describe the difference between the two skis?
    I am almost exactly 6 feet tall, my weight is 200lbs and I’m a relatively experienced rider. What length would you recommend?

    1. Hi Ernest!
      The BC 100 is a bit more consistent from tip to tail while the Sky’s tips and tails are softer than the rest of the ski. This makes the Sky very quick in turns, and great in trees and bumps. The Atomic has those characteristics as well, but the full wood core gives it a more smooth and stable feeling overall. Both are either 180 or 188, so depending on your level of aggressiveness, either size will work, just depends on how fast you’re skiing. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hi,
    I’m an intermediate/advanced skier who’s looking for that first pair of freeride skis that would be versatile as I like to go about 50/50 between groomed and off-piste. When on the groomed side, I’m used to a fast and aggressive style as I’ve owned only narrow carving skis before. However, I like to go to the woods, and there I don’t go as fast but rather enjoy a more playful style. I’m trying to decide between BC 100 and Enforcer 104. I know the 104s would be a solid choice considering my overall style and background, but I’d also like to be able to switch and have fun at the park now and then. Are the Enforcers suitable for this at all? What are your thoughts between the two? Thank you in advance!

    1. By the way, I’m 200 cm tall and weigh 77 kgs. It seems like there might be a slight advantage for the Enforcers since they come in 191 while BC 100 is max 188, or at least this is what I’m assuming.

      1. Also, I’m considering Marker Griffon 13s as the bindings. Would that be an okay choice, or do you have any other recommendations? Based on some reviews, I might really enjoy the playfulness of the BC 100, assuming that they still perform well enough at higher speeds. Thanks again for helping me out on this one!

      2. AJ,
        We pair those skis with either the Griffon or Tyrolia Attack 13. Both offer solid performance and consistent release. I’m a Look Pivot snob, but that’s just me. Have fun!
        SE

  6. Hey, thanks for these awesome reviews!!
    In search for a new pair. Should be a playful and versatile freetouring ski with some all-mountain aspects. Sometimes switch and groomers but mainly powder. Age 22/145 lbs/in between advanced to pro
    Deciding between: Elan – Ripstick 96 Black Edition / Head – Kore 99 / Atomic – Bent Chetler 100

    What’s your recommendation?

    Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Ben!
      Hard to go wrong with any of those–great list!
      I’d say the Kore and the Ripstick Black have the highest-performance ceiling while the BC 100 is the most playful. I like the sound of the Ripstick for your needs. Have fun!
      SE

  7. Okay so now I went through some reviews, and it’s now between Line SFB and BC 100. I definitely want them to be playful, yet versatile enough for different conditions. I think BC 100 is still a more reliable choice even though I might enjoy SFB even more in the woods.

    1. Hi AJ!
      I agree with your message. The BC 100 is a better all-around ski, while the Bacon is a unique ski with a very surfy personality. I’d trust the Atomic more in all-mountain situations. Have fun!
      SE

  8. Hi, where did you mount the bindings vs the recommended mount point for your test to get the 5 out of 5 for playfulness and quickness? I’m reading a lot of forum feedback which suggests they need to be +2, +3 or +4 of the recommended mount point to get the feel right.

    Also, what’s the speed limit for the BC100 on piste?

    1. Hi Martyn!
      Not sure there’s a “right” in this case. Overall, the BC 100 is a highly playful and fun ski, and playing around with the mount point will only add to the experience of the ski. Our test models were mounted at the traditional spot unless otherwise noted. I’d put the speed limit at about 60 mph on smooth groomers. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Hi, I am an intermediate skier who recently switched from snowboarding. I like to split my time between groomers and the woods. At 5’8 160lbs, looking in the 170cm range. Would you recommend the BC 100 or the Black Crows Captis for my style/size/experience level?
    Thanks!
    Matt

    1. Hi Matt!
      Personality-wise, the Captis is springier and poppier while the Atomic is more supple. I think you’d like the Captis for your skiing, but both will be super-fun. Have a great time!
      SE

  10. Hi, I am looking for a 50/50 ski to use that is gonna do it all for me on the mountain. I’m deciding between the rustler 10 and BC 100. I like skiing pretty playful and going off natural hits. I spend my time about 60/40 on trail/off and do enjoy the trees a lot and moguls sometime. What ski do you think I should get.

    1. Hi Charlie!
      The Rustler gets that extra boost of performance thanks to the titanal layer, but the BC 100 has a surprising amount of energy and response for a wood core ski. I’d say go for the 100 and have a ton of fun!
      SE

  11. Hi, I am a 20 y/o advanced skier, I am 5’10 140/145lbs and I ski 60% of the times on piste, and 40% off (woods and powder). Next season I would also like to learn some freestyle skiing so I’d need a ski that can be reliable in the park (I wouldn’t do anything too crazy though), would the BC100 be a good choice for me or should I go for a more freestyle oriented ski like the Faction CT 2.0? Also which length would you recommend?

    1. Hi Michele!
      You’re still going to get some decent all-mountain performance out of the Faction, not quite the same as the Atomic, but pretty close. I think if you’re learning/dabbling in the park, the BC 100 is the way to go, but if you’re going to be more full-time in the park, might as well get the Candide! I’d look to the low to mid-170’s in terms of length. Have fun!
      SE

  12. Love your work all – much appreciated! I am buying first skis, been demoing all this year (advanced, not yet expert skier but one day) after converting from snowboarding. Skiing in Tahoe we get everything between cold variable firm ice to warm soft slush. I want my second pair of skis to be backcountry skis that will also be used on-resort on days it dumps, so these firsts I’m looking between 93 and 100, rocker camber rocker, med/short radius, underfoot to provide some do-it-all. I am looking at a stiffer, lighter, all-mountain category as I never visit the park, but enjoy playing around gullys and between trees as well as opening them up down steep groomers. Am I on the right path looking at the Atomic Bent Chet, Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, Black Crow Orb/Comax, and Volkl Mantra M5s… or am I lost on another stick out there? thanks!

    1. HI Stuart!
      I’d say to stick to the BC 100 and Camox for skis on your list. Both are super-playful and fun, but also have a bit of a kick to them when you want it. Not as stable as the 97 Ti or the M5, but they’re way more fun and can be operated at a multitude of speeds versus the others that have to get moving to get some energy. The Atomic is a bit more park-oriented, but not trick-specific, while the Camox is more of a directional ski with a turned-up tail. A bit more power out of the Camox, I’d say. Have fun!
      SE

  13. Hi! My name is Hugh and I’m 17 years old and 6’2. I recently bought the head frame wall 176 2020 ski and was disapointed other that it wasn’t so good on the piste when carving because of the 360′ sidewall. I would like to buy a ski that i can ski the park with and the piste with as i really want to throw myself into the freestyle skiing part of the mountain! I go skiing every year with my family and was wondering what ski would do for piste and park. Thanks Hugh!

    1. Hi Hugh!
      I’m a big fan of the Nordica Soul Riders, both 87 and 97. I own the 87 and use it for everything. Strong, quick carver, and while I’m not much of a park guy, I’m 100% certain it would suit your needs. Another good choice is the K2 Poacher. This ski has a lot of fiberglass in it, so is fairly stiff and relatively heavy. While this weight isn’t ideal for true park skiing, it does help with the on-piste performance. Have fun!
      SE

  14. Hey guys, thanks for the great review !

    I’m considering buying those skis as my primary touring ski (with shift bindings) and also as an all mountain setup. Living on the east coast, I mostly ski tight tree lines and not much deep snow. Do you think the BC 100 would be a good choice ? (I’m 6’2 195 pounds considering the 188cm).

    1. Hi Jason!
      I think that’s pretty much what these skis were made for. Very maneuverable and fun in tight spots, and the 188 sounds perfect. Even in deeper snow, the skis float pretty well. Basic, but effective construction makes this ski amazing. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thank you for your response.

        Also I forgot to ask, I’m currently skiing a Volkl 90Eight which I enjoy. How will the BC100 compare to this (stiffness, on piste, off piste).

        Thanks,

        Jason

      2. Jason,
        I find the 90eight to be stiffer overall than the BC100, certainly with more of a directional and on-piste personality versus the floaty and playful Bent Chetler. The 3D Ridge and Glass of the 90Eight puts it in a bit different of a class in terms of carving and stiffness. That said, I loved them both, just for different applications. Have fun!
        SE

  15. Hi, I would like to buy a pair of Bent Chetler 100. I am 175 cm with 70 kg. Lot a experience with on-pist skiing, but only a few with pow and off-piste skiing. What size do you recommend for me?

    1. Hi Juraj!
      I’d go 172 in that ski unless you know you prefer longer skis, in which case the 180 would be fine, but overall I’d think you’ll have more fun and get great performance on the 172.
      SE

  16. I recently purchased this ski and I am concerned the recommended mount point at about -8 cm is too far back, I have not mounted yet. I enjoy a playful style skiing with open mountain 360’s and butters but would not consider myself a park enthusiast. I was thinking of mounting at +3 from recommended (about -5 from center). What mounting point would you recommend for a hard all mountain skier that enjoys a little more playful style of skiing, which I would like to continue to focus on.

    1. Hi Andrew!
      I still think it works best at -8 unless you’re more freestyle and park-oriented. -5 won’t be too aggressive, but my guess is that you’ll feel it being a bit tail-heavy. Either way, have fun!
      SE

  17. Hi SE,
    Love all the time you’ve put into detailed reviews and responses here!
    I ski in the Pacific Northwest predominantly, primarily inbounds, and am used to heavier, wet snow.
    I love to surf and I was looking for a next set of skis that might emulate that playful, fun vibe. I was wondering if i could have a few recommendations of skis that you have found extremely fun and that may be well suited to my climate.
    Cheers,
    Ben

    1. Hi Benji!
      I think that ~100 mm underfoot width is a great place to be, including the Atomic Bent Chetler 100. I’d also add the K2 Reckoner 102 to the list, Elan Ripstick 106, and on the wide side, the Line Sir Francis Bacon. Any of these softer skis with turned-up tails are a ton of fun in softer snow. On the stiffer side, look to the Nordica Enforcer 104 or K2 Mindbender 108. These skis will give you more stability in the heavier crud. Have fun!
      SE

  18. Hello,
    I would like to buy a pair of Bent Chetler 100. I am 181 cm and 100 kg. Im advanced skier and skiing 50/50 on/off piste. What size do you recommend for me?
    SM

    1. Hi Sam!
      I think 180 is correct, unless you know you like longer skis. I think you’ll appreciate the quickness and maneuverability, especially off-piste. Fantastic ski in trees and bumps. Have fun!
      SE

  19. How do these compare with the Black Crows Camox in terms of playfulness, floatation in deeper powder and performance at speed?

    My impression is that the Camox is a bit more stable, but don’t know if it can you do e.g. nose butters as easily. How does the flex profile of the Camox compare? Also is it equally poppy, and can you do short turns/trees as easily with it?

    Both have rave reviews so having a tough time deciding!

    1. Hi JJ!
      Certainly more of a stable ski in the Camox, especially in the tips and tails, limiting that butterability and smeariness that the BC 100 has. It’s a stiffer ski with higher camber, so the Camox has more energy and pop, especially in firmer snow conditions. The BC 100 is a better floater for sure, thanks to the softer tips and tails that have the HRZN tech. Underfoot, the BC 100 is surprisingly stable, but it’s just not as consistent in the flex through the ski like the Camox. At speed, I’d rather have the Camox underfoot, but I’m a pretty big skier at 6/2 220. Have fun!
      SE

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