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2020 Atomic Bent Chetler 100 Ski Review

We’re officially in a new year, not to mention a new decade, yet ironically this review will likely be rounding out our 2020 model year reviews.  There may be some exceptions, but from here on we’ll be focusing mostly on new 2021 models as the month of January is home to industry tradeshows, on-snow demos, and the release of information regarding next year’s skis.  That said, we thought it fitting to have one of our last 2020 reviews focus on one of the most popular skis over the past two seasons, the Bent Chetler 100 from Atomic.

This ski is the narrower in a two-ski collection developed and inspired by Chris Bentchetler.  Chris has been leaving his mark on the ski industry for quite a long time now, the better part of this millennia.  His freestyle background is now blended into backcountry adventures and lot of powder skiing.  That freestyle background is obvious when looking at the Bent Chetler 100.  At its core is lightweight wood, and that’s about it.  It’s put together with classic sandwich construction and a vertical sidewall that tapers ever so slightly as it reaches the tip and tail of the ski.  Its simplistic build is part of its appeal, and part of why so many skiers enjoy its performance.  The Bent Chetler 100 shows you don’t need a ton of additives or space age materials to make a good ski.  A wood core and a good design goes a long way.  And another benefit?  It’s only 1700 g in the 180 cm length.

The shape of the Bent Chetler 100 gets a little more complicated, but it’s still relatively straight-forward.  Camber underfoot is paired with tip and tail rocker, 20% in the tip and 10% in the tail.  It is, of course, also a twin tip, and you can actually differentiate between the actual tips and tail of the ski and the tip and tail rocker.  Those tips and tails also use Atomic’s HRZN Tech.  This design mimics the concept and resulting performance of water displacement by a boat hull.  By giving the ski this hull-like shape in the tips and tails, Atomic is greatly increasing the ski’s flotation and playfulness in powder.  There also aren’t any edges in the tip and tail portions of the ski and they are softer flexing than the rest of the ski.

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What’s the resulting performance of all these design elements?  It’s a tremendously playful ski.  The Bent Chetler releases its tail edge quickly and easily.  The relatively soft flex, but energetic feel, loves to play anywhere on the mountain.  In the trees, its quickness is outstanding.  Even when there’s no soft snow, the HRZN tips and tails release extremely easily and the ski has a very predictable, intuitive feel.  While the flex is relatively soft, it’s consistent throughout the whole ski (with the exception of the actual tips and tails), and it’s more than enough to give the ski a relatively stable feel despite being so lightweight.  In other words, it’s not a complete noodle.  With its quickness and maneuverability, it’s one of the best mogul skis you’re ever going to find in this width range.  It feels particularly nimble for a ski that’s 100 mm underfoot.

On groomers, the Bent Chetler 100 will carve a turn just fine, although that’s not its highlighting characteristic in our opinion.  Carving enthusiasts and/or those that like to ski really fast might not find it has the vibration damping, stability, or power that they’re looking for.  That’s perfectly okay in our opinion.  There are plenty of skis out there to fill that role (think Enforcer 100Bonafide, Ranger 99 Ti, Mindbender 99Ti, etc).  The Bent Chetler is more of a modern freeride/freestyle-all-mountain ski than anything else.  It prefers slashing and smearing as opposed to making clean, round turns.  It will do both, yes, but if you’re the type of skier that likes to point your skis down the fall line, then make quick, abrupt movements to shed speed like a big slash in the middle of a tight line, you’ll love it.

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It’s also impossible to talk about the Bent Chetler 100 without at least mentioning park skiing.  There is a huge range of mount points on this ski.  The traditional line is about 7 cm back from true center, and there are even marks going 4 cm back from traditional too.  Yes, there is an 11 cm range in recommended mount point.  That’s huge.  When interviewing Chris Bentchetler about his two skis, he mentioned the 100 basically just fills the role of his park ski, and we know a lot of younger skiers are choosing it for the same application.  Mount the bindings a little closer to center and all of a sudden you have a perfect all-mountain park ski.  For those that spend the majority of their time in the park, you can even mount it true center and have what I would consider a modern, buttery, smeary park ski.  Not a competition park ski by any means, but perfect for the new era of park skiing tricks.

Versatility may be the most impressive thing about the Bent Chetler 100.  We don’t, however, just mean versatility in the sense that it can handle different terrain and snow conditions.  It does that very well, but it’s also versatile in the sense that it can be a lot of different things for a lot of different skiers.  There’s no single type of skier that’s going to enjoy the Bent Chetler 100, which is why it has become so popular.  A 14-year old could center mount it, ski it in the park all day, and absolutely love it.  A 44-year old could put a Shift binding on it and use it as a dedicated touring ski.  A 74-year old could mount it a little further back and use it as a dedicated resort powder ski.  I’m not trying to pigeonhole those ages to what they’re allowed to do on the mountain, rather pointing out that the Bent Chetler 100 appeals to a wide audience and can be customized to work for you depending on mount point, terrain, and binding selection.

Without a doubt, it’s a fantastic ski, and we are psyched to see it gain so much popularity.  Skiers are often drawn to the newest, most innovative construction or skis that chase superlatives like “Most Powerful” or “Best Edge Grip.”  Those titles are great, and the increased technology and innovation in ski construction is hands-down important, but it’s refreshing to have a ski as simple as the Bent Chetler 100 be so well-loved.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 01/02/20

52 thoughts on “2020 Atomic Bent Chetler 100 Ski Review

  1. Great review, as always! Quick question: My 2016 kendo’s are getting a bit tatty and I was looking to change to a 2 ski quiver with these and some volkl deacon 74/6’s. I’m a big guy 6’1” 240 Ibs and was wondering if these might be a bit too bendy at that weight? Ski mostly piste and play around off to the side but thought these might be a good when I feel like playing in softer stuff too?

    1. Hi Steko!
      Maybe too bendy, but I think if you get the 188, it'll be fine. I'm 6/2 220 and I tested the 180, and although I did find it soft, I liked it. I'd certainly purchase the 188 if I were to buy it, and I'd say coming off a Kendo, you'd appreciate that length as well. But yes, if you slam the tips of that ski into a pile of snow, you'll feel it flex for sure. I was overall pretty impressed with their capabilities, even at the 180. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. Hi- great reviews. I'm 5"8, 150lbs. In Utah area.
    I've been skiing this year on the Rossi Soul 7s. I love the ski but don't find them great in the moguls which I seem to be skiing a lot lately. What's your top recommended ski for this scenario? I won't be skiing 100% moguls all day, just thinking of keeping the Soul 7s as my powder ski and picking up something new for moguls / maybe some trees, and obviously front side to get down.
    I have an old pair of K2 Recoils which I used to like, but for some reason aren't doing it for me anymore.

    1. HI Adam!
      In the ~100 underfoot range, that BC 100 is pretty fun in the bumps. I am also a big fan of the wider twin tips for bumps like the Nordica Soul Rider 97 or Volkl Revolt 95. Dynastar Menace and Rossignol Black Ops 98 are some other fun choices--none of these skis have metal, so they're nice and forgiving in the bumps as well as capable and fun on groomers and softer snow. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. Love the quality content! SkiEssentials is my go to not just for the pricing but for the obvious love and passion. Love the vibes.

    I currently ski a pair of Enforcer 93s and love them to death. Here on the east coast I have never really felt the need for something wider, but have always had an itch for something a little wider and more forgiving for deep days, having fun in the park, and hitting moguls and trees. Could this be the right second ski, or would you suggest something else?

    1. Hi William!
      Thanks for the kind words!
      Yes, the BC 100 will do those things for sure. Usually when people are looking for a 2 ski quiver, it's advisable to have more of a gap in terms of shape, but I feel like these skis have dissimilar enough behavior to warrant the selection. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Ha! You’re review had me laughing. My 14 year old son skied the 172 length last year at +2. I ski the 180 version (age 46) at recommended. My son has started skiing mine on deeper days and says they offer a lot more stability and float. Though his 172s are better for jibbing. He’s going to inherit the 180s and I’m going to get a pair of 188s and put shifts on them. Very versatile and fun ski.

  5. Just grabbed a pair of these in 180 length and the tech recommended I mount them +2. I’m 49, 160ish, 5’8” and have been skiing on 172 Black Crow Orbs that are pretty stiff and not twin tips.

    Like skiing everywhere, but not backward. Love jumps, but spend most of the time in the woods or bowls or in bumps (in terrain park with my kids, but not doing anything crazy ... all skiing forward).

    Question is ... Did I make a mistake going +2? Will I even notice? I was on a roll and just kept saying “yes” to all the tech questions, and hoping I didn’t make a bad call.

    1. Hi Tripper!
      Wont' be a big deal, I'd think. Maybe a bit turnier than you're used to, but won't ultimately make it unskiable. If you really don't like it, just have them remounted! Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks! I’ve various things. Thinking that it will be more playful than what I’m on now, so all good. Just read some vehement comments elsewhere that anything other than factory (especially forward) will kill the all-mountain nature and is really only recommended for terrain park skiing.

        Headed to Steamboat Sunday to give ‘me a shot. Will let you know!

  6. Hey - Amazing reviews!! This is now my go to place for sure. Curious on your thoughts on how to decide between the BC 100 and Blizzard 10's for primarily trees, bowls and ripping groomers. And at 5'10 155lbs as an advanced/intermediate will the 180cm feel too long in the trees? Thanks in advance!!

    1. HI Jared!
      I'm pretty impressed with the BC 100. I think your weight and skillset puts you in the 100 versus the Rustler 10. Definitely better float through fresh with the Rustler, but overall a more versatile ski in the 100. I think the 180 is fine for trees--perhaps a handful once in a while, but overall a better length versus the 172. Have fun!
      SE

  7. I'm looking for a good combo between park and all mountain. Definitely a freestyle ski just that there are so many it's hard to chose from! I'm currently on a pair of J Skis The Metal and I absolutely love them everywhere! In the park though, I struggle getting larger rotations out of it because it's a 2300+ gram ski (backflips especially). I am 5'10" about 155lbs and a pretty dynamic skier who just loves to have fun. Interesting how this would compare to Poachers or some Liberty's (Helix and Origin) and I would love to see how they compare to ARV 96's. Thanks.

    1. Hi Aadit!
      Poacher is still a pretty heavy ski thanks to K2's triaxial fiberglass braiding system that requires a good amount of epoxy. The Helix is the lightest while the Origin has some carbon stringers for some stiffness and more all-mountain ability. I personally like the stability of the Poacher, but the Helix is pretty darn fun for park and tricks. The ARV is closer to the Poacher than the Liberty's I'd say. Take care!
      SE

  8. Hi, thank you for your great reviews! And what do you think about Bent Chetler 120? I'd like to buy skis for deep powder - especially during touring. I'm 50 years old, 6ft long, 188 lbs, not expert but advance skier. I prefer curves then long speed run. Can you recommend anything. I'm considering BC NOCTA, Magic J, QST 118 or BACKLAND FR 117. I'll appreciate your advice! Thx. Ralph

    1. HI Ralph!
      I'd put the Nocta, QST, and Backland into the more "directional" category while the BC 120 and Magic J fall more into the "backcountry freestyle" section. I think for a touring application and more traditional skiing, I'd look to the directionals. The QST has a ton of tail rocker and a very flat nose--perfect for planing on top of any depth of snow. The Backland is light and floaty, and there's definitely something to that HRZN tip shape that acts like a boat hull. The Nocta is a bit on the burlier side, with a bit more heft to it, so will be better when the conditions get a bit chunky. Any of these will keep you afloat, but I personally have always liked the Backland skis. Take care!
      SE

  9. Hi SkiEssentials-
    Thank you for all of your thorough and excellent reviews. I am deciding between two different skis and would like your opinion. I am 6'1" 170 lbs and an aggressive expert skier. My home mountain is Alta. I'm mostly hunting for soft snow but I ski in all conditions. My current quiver of skis is comprised of burly skis from 106-115 underfoot and most of them are 185's. I'm wanting a ski in the 99-100 under foot range because I don't have anything that size. I am deciding between the Head Kore 99 and the Atomic Bentchetler 100. I want a ski that will be quick and maneuverable in trees and narrow steeps and fun and playful all over the mountain. I have read and watched the reviews you have done on both of these skis. I am going to put a shift binding on either one I get so I can ski the back country when I want. My question is which ski would you recommend for me and in what length? The Kore in a 180 or 189 or the Bentchetler in a 180 or 188? I know the Kore's are much stiffer than the Bentchetler's but since they are so light I'm hoping they would be very easy to maneuver. I'm a little leery to get the 180 length in the Kore's. I'm hoping the 189's would still be quick enough for my size because of their weight. I know the Bentchetler's are really quick and playful and much softer which I think I would like. I saw that Bob at 6'2" 220 lbs skied the Bentchetler's in a 180 and like them but would probably buy the 188's so I wonder what size would be good for me? Lastly, would you recommend mounting them on the recommended line?

    1. HI Mike!
      The Kore will certainly give you more power on the groomers and in carving turns, but the BC 100 is way more playful and versatile. You're tall, but you're not too heavy, so I think I'd lean to the BC 100. For me (Bob), the 180 was just too short, and for big guys like me, it's sometimes hard to get that longer demo but even at your size, I'd go 188 for sure. Definitely don't want to feel like you're leaving anything on the table in terms of performance, I'd say. For mount, I've only skied them at the traditional/recommended line, as my application is only for all-mountain--no park or tricks really. And in a tour format, I don't think that'd change. Take care!
      SE

      1. Hi Bob-

        Thanks for the great feedback. That helps me a lot. I think the Bentchetler's will be perfect for what I'm looking for. More playful! If I did go with the Kore's would you recommend the 180 or 189's for my size? I know the 180's will be quicker to swing around but would I loose that much quickness with the 189's? Thanks again!

        1. Mike,
          Still thinking the 189 is the way to go. Might seem long just looking at them but they're light enough to handle. Again, I think it's more about not leaving performance behind. Regret is awful. Take care!
          SE

    2. Hi guys,
      I also want to thank you for the thourough and helpful reviews that you put out in both chats and video! I am curious to know if you would have any thoughts in differences in performance and feel between the Chet 100 and the 2020 Rossi Soul 7? I am definitely looking for a ski that’s playful, nimble, and maneuverable between firm and softer snow, but also wanted to mount the Salomon Shift to use as a touring option. Edge grip and carvability would be a factor as well, but I realize that this area would be a bit of a sacrifice with both of these options. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

      1. Hi Michael!
        The Soul is your floater while the BC 100 is a more versatile choice. I was never a fan of the Soul's edge grip and carving, mostly due to the softer tips. The Atomic doubles (and triples) as an everyday ski, a freestyle ski, and a touring ski while the Soul is more pigeon-holed as a powder ski. I'd use the Atomic for a one ski quiver while you might need a narrower option to complement the Soul. Take care!
        SE

  10. Hi, thank you for this great review! i'm very interested in these skis but i'm wondering if you guys have any idea of when the 2021 line up from Atomic is going to be released?

    1. HI Tom!
      Some of the stuff trickles in these days, but generally August is when we start getting the bulk of the 2021 skis. For what it's worth, the 2021 version is unchanged versus the 2020, so if you see something on our site that interests you, it's just a cosmetic change. Take care!
      SE

  11. Hi
    Big fan of your reviews
    I’m trying to decide between the 100 and sky 7.
    I’m 5’10 190 advanced skier. I ski Quebec and Vermont. Ideal day is tight steep trees and bumps. I have a pair of carvers for ice and just picked up bushwhackers for your average day on groomed, bumps and hardpacked trees.

    So specifically for tight steep terrain on “powder” days. Would you go for the sky which is from what I hear the best east coast tree ski. Or the 100 which sounds like it has more technical decent chops

    One more thing to mention
    My style in trees and moguls is fairly slow and pivoty. I like to look for difficult tight possibly illegal areas on the mountain.
    I’m not jumping any cliffs more than a few feet and I’m not big on tricks however I do like to catch some air of side features. Working up to more

    Thanks again
    Brad

    1. Hi Brad!
      True that the Sky 7 is a fantastic tree ski with a ton of quickness. The Atomic gives you close to similar performance in the woods, but also has more stability and strength in an all-mountain format. I think if you're looking specifically for trees, the Sky is great, but for more versatility and a higher-performance ceiling, look to the Bent Chetler 100. Have fun!
      SE

  12. hello, i am looking for a new pair of ski to add to my quiver, i am searching for a ~ 100mm ski on wich i could mount salomon shift or a similar binding.
    i am looking for a fun ski that can perform on any type of terrain, but does not need to be the best a hard/icy groomer skiing as i already have some gs skis.
    I have my eye on the benchettler 100, the enforcer 100, the kore 99 and the vantage 97 ti, what would you recommend ?
    i am 22 ,6 feet and 180 lbs, and a fairly expert skier.

    1. Hi Louis!
      If you're looking to do any touring, I'd take the Enforcer off the list, unless you're looking for something heavy! Kore is lightest, BC 100 is awesome in softer snow and bumps/trees. Vantage is kind of a wild card. Light but stiff, with a different overall feel to it. It sounds kind of hollow but is actually quite burly. It sounds like you could get something softer, so I'd go with the Atomic and have a blast!
      SE

  13. Hey guys! Love the reviews you do, very informative. I am 5'10'', weigh 145, and would say that I am an intermediate skier. My home mountain is Whiteface in upstate NY, nicknamed "Iceface". I am attracted to the versatility of the BC 100 with the possibility of future touring in mind. Is the BC 100 a ski I could use all day on some pretty slick steep conditions? If so would the 164s or the 172s be a better option?

    1. Thanks, Sam!
      I think the 172 is the way to go, still going to be maneuverable enough for playful skiing. You will have to learn to slide a bit on the steeper, icier stuff, as my memories of Whiteface are more in line with the nickname as well. At 100 mm underfoot and with no metal, they're certainly not race carvers, but we all learn to adapt, and the performance will be improved if you consistently keep a fresh edge on the ski. Very fun and versatile ski!
      SE

  14. Hey there guys, as usual..fantastic reviews! I'm in limbo deciding between the 2021 Fischer Ranger 102 and 2021 Atomic Bent Chetler. I ski all the mountain all the time. Love to play on the hill(trees) and rip groomers when conditions are less than favourable. I'm an advanced/expert skier that weighs 160lbs and is 5'8". Which way would you have me leaning?

    Thanks for all your insight!

    1. Hi Chris!
      The only spot where I thought the Atomic outshined (outshone?) the Fischer was in the bumps. Other than that, I had more fun and got better performance out of the Ranger in all areas. That said, the BC 100 is a totally competent ski with a ton of performance, just falls a bit short in most performance categories. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Ok, the Fischer is a confusing ski as some other reviews have it sounding super stiff..something you have to really work. any truth to that? The atomic sound super snappy but noodle'ish...? I owned the Enforcers and found them crazy heavy/stiff and exhausting to ski..Just want to be sure the Fischer's don't give me the same result. thanks so much again guys. These purchases are pricey..it's great having you guys to help with these decisions.

        1. Hi Chris!
          I had to re-trace a bit, but I see you're talking about the 102 FR. Neither the Fischer nor the Atomic will give you the same experience as the Enforcer. Of the two, I'd say the Fischer has a bit more power, mostly due to a more consistent flex while the very tips and tails of the Atomic are thinner, lighter, and more flexible. You'll get better engagement and initiation into the turn as a result with the Fischer. The Atomic has "more" of a freestyle influence, but not by a whole lot. The "stiffness" of the Fischer is likely due to the carbon in the shovel, but the main body of the ski is pretty similar in flex to the BC 100. Hope that helps!
          SE

  15. Thanks for all your great reviews! I'm a athletic and strong 6' 185 lb 64 yr old advanced skier who skies solely at Big Sky Mt. I spend 90% of my time on groomers and a little in the bumps (looking to do more this season). I've demoed the 100's in 180 length and like them better than all the other skis I've demoed in similar 90-104 lengths, including Line Sickday, Blizzard Rustlers 10 & 9, Head Kore, Vantage Ti, Mantras, Enforcers, basically don't like skis with metal...have not tried Mindbenders or Sky 7s (would love to!). Now that I'm looking to purchase I'm wondering if I should look to the 188's instead of the 180s....hmmm? Should I wait to try Mindbenders or Sky 7s. or just go ahead with the Bents in 180 or 188? What do you think? Thanks for your input!

    1. Hi Greg!
      While it sounds like the 188 is on the long side, I don't think it's out of the question, especially if you know that you like longer skis. The Mindbender 99 is considerably heavier while the Sky is considerably lighter, so you're heading to opposite ends of the spectrum with those choices, with the BC 100 right in the middle. For 90% groomer, I'd take the Sky off the list--just too floppy in the tips for groomers, but great in trees and bumps!
      Have fun!
      SE

  16. Hi, I'm a 6' female 150lb in the lower end of advanced skiing (I've only skied 5 years but I'll ski down anything that doesn't require big airs). This ski sounds pretty perfect because I have a more surfy style of skiing. I'm torn between this and the Vantage 97 C W. I haven't read any female reviews of these skis so I'd love to know your advice.

    1. Hi Nicole!
      The BC 100 will be a bit softer than the Vantage, due to the lack of carbon, but for playful and surfy skiing, that's a good thing. You'll get a stronger carving performance out of the more directional Vantage, but the Bent Chetler is more fun. I've seen quite a few ladies ski them here in VT, and they look like they're having a blast. Have fun!
      SE

  17. Thanks again for the great reviews, your passion for skiing shows!

    I'm leaning towards BC 100 skis (with either Marker Griffon 13 or Warden 13 MNC bindings) after reading up on a ton of reviews and people's experiences. Thanks to all who shared their story. I'm 5'11" and 195lbs, 45 yr old advanced skier, and mostly ski at resorts (inbounds), and some tree skiing on pow-days. For the pow-days, my current ski is a decade old Nordica Helldiver 180cm, and while they are quite good in pow and I like how they carve on groomers. But they are heavy, and not as fun in moguls - which is more likely due to my limited skills for that terrain. I read that BC 100s are more forgiving!

    Should I go for the 180cm or 188cm? Mount on factory recommended line?

    Thanks,

    1. Hi VK!
      I'm 6/2 220 and I mainly have tested the 180. While it was a fine length for testing purposes and I had a blast on it, I'd get the 188 if I were to buy. I also felt like smaller skiers could size up if they wanted to, and since the ski is more forgiving, it makes a good amount of sense. Personally, I do not like the feeling of having left performance on the table, so I'd go with the 188. Perhaps a bit of a handful in tight trees, but better overall, I'd say. Have fun!
      SE

  18. Hey! I like the idea of a more playful but capable touring ski, so this sounds like a winner! But I know that the lighter weight and lack of metal will influence how they ride, so I’m caught between the 172cm and 180cm.

    I’m 5’9”, 190lbs, and loved the Nordica enforcer 93s (169cm) and enforcer 88s (172cm) last season. I tried the enforcer 100s in 177cm, and they carried a bit too much speed for my style: I’m an aggressive skier but like pushing my skis through fast quick turns, not super long arcs. Before those I skied an old pair of Volkl Gotamas in 179cm, which were HEAVY beasts that took some wrestling.

    Any advice on which length would be better for touring and off-piste?

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Janelle!
      I think your stats and the lighter weight/maneuverability of the ski put you in the 180. I just think the 172 will be too short for this ski and your intended use. Have fun!
      SE

  19. Looking to replace my Soul7’s (5-6years old) that I use for lift powder days and backcountry days. My other lift ski is the J Masterblaster. Would the Bent be a good choice with a Shift binding? I do 50/50 lift to BC mix.

    1. Hi Cory!
      You're getting a ton of fun and versatility with the BC 100 and Shift setup. A bit narrower and more consistent flex, the Atomic is a great ski for any conditions and terrain. Have fun!
      SE

  20. i am looking for a pair of playful skis and i am hesitating between the bent chetler 100 and the fisher ranger 102 fr .
    it would be to mount them with shift and use them for "leisure skiing " in the resort and for some touring. As i have already a pair of good piste skis, (atomic x9)
    they seem really similar spec and review wise and i don't really know how to choose between them.
    thank you for response
    i am 23 , 6 foot and 180 pounds and an advanced skier

    1. Hi FR!
      A bit more snap, energy, and I'd say versatility out of the 102. You'll get more playfulness and freestyle/park performance from the Bent Chetler, while the Ranger is more of a true freeride ski that can really do anything. Playful leisure skiing with a shift sounds more in line with the Bent Chetler to me. Have fun!
      SE

  21. Hey guys -- I'm 5'8 135lbs and ski aggressively on bumps, groomers, and freestyle terrain. Been on the K2 Pinnacle 177's for 5 years, which are getting quite soft and I find myself in the backseat frequently. I just got some Shifts and am headed to Jackson for the winter (I'm usually on east coast), planning on skiing 70/30 resort/backcountry. Looking at the Bent Chetlers, Armada tracers, K2 Mindbender, etc to throw the shifts on for a one ski quiver.

    Any thoughts on models and sizes for someone my size? Probably don't want to go much more than 180 and 108, but pls LMK what you think!

    1. Hi Keeks G!
      The Mindbender (I'm assuming 99 would be best for you) is a strong ski that definitely has more power than the Pinnacles. I can see you having a similar experience in terms of softness on both the Atomic as well as the Armadas, as those would be your better touring option skis. For mostly in-bounds, non-touring, I'd lean to the Mindbender, while the Armada is the lightest option and the Bent Chetler 100 lies somewhere in the middle. For stability at speed and good float, I think the MB 99 Ti is a great choice. Have fun!
      SE

  22. Hey Guys,
    Love the reviews, you guys make it easy to narrow down the options. I'm 21 yo, 5'10", 175 lbs and ride pretty aggressively. I've been riding 2016 kendos for a few years but I'm looking for a wider ski (~100 underfoot) to use when we get more snow out east and for trips out west. I'm usually in the woods when conditions permit and ride trail edges making quick turns and hitting jibs. I demo'd the backland 102s a couple years ago at sugarloaf and loved how playful they were. Are there any noticeable differences between the two skis?
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Evan!
      I'm a former Backland 102 skier myself! The BC 100 is a bit softer, especially in the tail, but you're getting the same overall feeling, just a bit floatier and more freeride-oriented. They're also bringing the Backland 100 into circulation this year, so if you're looking for a similar ski but with more responsiveness in the tail, that should be worth a look. But overall, if you're looking for a playful and floaty ski and you liked the 102, the BC 100 is an awesome choice. Have fun!
      SE

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