If you’re looking for a fun, versatile, and easy-going ski with a ton of upside, look no further than the 2023 Atomic Bent 90. There aren’t many limitations to this ski from an application perspective, and when you get it on the feet of the right skier, it all just makes sense. Built with a light wood core consisting of poplar stringers, the Bent 90 has a simple build—much like its wider cousin, the Bent 100. The 90 also has the same rocker profile as 100, with 70% camber underfoot, 20% tip rocker, and 10% tail rocker. This makes for a longer effective edge and a silky-smooth ride. They’re pretty light, coming in at 1600 grams per ski in the 175, and the swing weight feels even lighter with the combination of HRZN tips and tails as well as capped shovels and tails. It’s a pretty straight cut, with the 119mm tip and 109mm tail joining forces with the 90 mm waist to produce a 19-meter turn radius. That’s on the longer side of the spectrum, but makes for a great feel in the park, woods, or bumps.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Dura Cap Sidewall
All Mountain, Park, Groomers
On the 184, Bob St.Pierre notes that “it’ll have to do as that’s the longest length, but I’d sure like to see this thing come in a 188 like the 100 and 110.” Bob scored the Bent 90 5’s out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, versatility, and overall impression. He gave lower scores of 2 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. “This is about as fun-loving and versatile a ski as you’ll find. I do wish it had a bit more juice to it, like adding the Carbon Backbone found in the 120 or Backland skis would go a long way in adding more snap and pop to the ski. That said, it’s about the best tree and mogul ski I’ve been on in quite some time. It absolutely is a blast in the trees—super easy to turn, but that comes with a cost on the firmer groomers and harder snow. I use it to ski with my kids all the time, and it makes my day so much easier and more fun.” Chris McClelland found his 175 cm to be a little short, and that’s not surprising given Chris’ height. He scored it 5’s out of 5 for overall impression and playfulness, with 4’s for versatility, torsional stiffness, edge hold, forgiveness, quickness, maneuverability, and flotation. Chris “really enjoyed the Bent 110 and the 90 was just as fun. They had a very forgiving tip in and felt really nimble when making quick pop turns. I really like how the tips feel and pivoting around them is a breeze. This is definitely a more off-piste focused ski and it showed. This ski was a blast in bumps and trees and felt very controlled the whole way down. I would recommend this for someone trying to get in the woods and off the piste more on the East Coast like here in Vermont.” Nice to see Chris and Bob agree that bumps and trees are a great place to be for the Bent 90.
Mike Aidala skied the 175, noting it was true to size. He scored it top marks of 5 out of 5 for overall impression, versatility, forgiveness, quickness, maneuverability, flotation, and playfulness. 4’s for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold rounds out an impressive scorecard. Mike states that “The new Bent 90 skis are so much fun to ski, the skis are so light in weight and so stable. Literally you put the skis where you mentally want the skis and they are there with stability! The Bent 90 skis are a spring bump crusher!! Just so much fun to ski...” Mike even got a pair specifically for late-season mogul skiing, so that’s a pretty ringing endorsement. Hans von Briesen found the 175 to be short, and that’s not surprising for a taller, more aggressive skier like Hans. He scored it top marks of 4 out of 5 for versatility, forgiveness, playfulness, quickness, and maneuverability. The rest of his scores were 3’s. Hans notes that it’s a “Great versatile ski, easy to maneuver in varieties of conditions. Socks stayed on but I noticed that I was wearing socks.” Did you know that some skiers don’t wear socks at all when they ski?
We’re loving the new Bent 90 from Atomic. While it’s going to be enough ski for most skiers out there in the intermediate through advanced categories, some aggressive experts will want some more power, but that’s not really what this ski is all about. For bumps, trees, park, pipe, and all-mountain cruising, the Atomic Bent 90 is a newcomer to the class that’s going to rise to the top pretty easily.
Age: 35Height: 5'5"Weight: 140 lbs.
Age: 26Height: 6'4"Weight: 175 lbs.
Hans JW von Briesen
Age: 36Height: 6'"Weight: 165 lbs.
Age: 30Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.
Age: 45Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.
Age: 35Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.
Age: 44Height: 6'2"Weight: 225 lbs.