2018-2019 Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Cy Whitling reviews the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 for Blister

Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Ski: 2018-2019 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.0 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1807 & 1840 grams

Stated Dimensions: 130.5-100-121 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 130.1-99.5-120.5 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 21 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 55 mm / 34 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5-6 mm

Core: Poplar + Fiberglass Laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.8 cm from center; 85.7 cm from tail

  • Also marks from +6 cm to -4 cm

Boots: Salomon QST Pro 130; Nordica Strider 120; Dalbello Lupo SP I.D.; Head Raptor 140 RS

Bindings: Marker Jester Demo

Test Locations: Taos Ski Valley, NM; Arapahoe Basin, CO

Reviewers:

  • Jonathan Ellsworth: 5’10”, 180 lbs
  • Sam Shaheen: 5’10”, 140 lbs
  • Luke Koppa: 5’8″, 155 lbs

Days Skied (Total): 8

Intro

For years now, the Atomic Bent Chetler has been the go-to powder ski for a lot of playful skiers. However, it has always been a pretty wide ski, and was therefore best suited to deep pow and soft conditions.

Now, for the 2018-2019 season, Atomic is making some pretty significant changes to the Bent Chetler, and actually expanding it to three models: (1) the overhauled Bent Chetler 120, (2) the kid’s Bent Chetler Mini, and (3) the all-new Bent Chetler 100.

We recently checked out the new Bent Chetler 120, and so far, it’s proven to be a very interesting ski. Now, it’s time to take a look at its narrower sibling, the Bent Chetler 100.

Atomic calls the Bent Chetler 100 a “do-anything, go-anywhere, one-ski-quiver, totally prepped for taking it wherever you want to go. The everyday ski that brings the whole mountain to life.”

So Atomic is explicitly going for the one-ski-quiver category, which is not real uncommon these days. However, this Bent Chetler 100 is really unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Flex Pattern

Hand flexing the Bent Chetler 100, here’s how we’d characterize its flex pattern:

Tips: 5-5.5
Shovels: 6.5-7.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind Heel Piece: 10-9
Tails: 8.5-7.5

Unlike the Bent Chetler 120, the Bent Chetler 100 does not have a very symmetrical flex pattern. The tips and shovels are soft, but the rest of the ski is actually pretty strong. The flex pattern of the Bent Chetler 100 is actually pretty similar to that of the 18/19 Liberty Origin 96. We expect the Bent Chetler 100’s soft tips to allow for easy butters and nollies, but it seems like the rest of the ski should offer some pretty solid support.

Shape / Rocker Profile

This is where things start getting more interesting.

In terms of shape, the Bent Chetler 100 looks very similar to its big brother. It has a bit of taper in the tips and tails, but that taper is not very drastic.

While the shape of the Bent Chetler 100 looks nearly symmetrical (about 10 mm difference between tips and tails), its rocker profile is more directional. It has pretty typical tip rocker for a ski of this width, and a nearly twinned tail with a pretty shallow rocker line.

The Bent Chetler 100 also has a good deal of camber (5-6 mm), which is not all that surprising for a ski of this width, but it is quite interesting since the Bent Chetler 100 features Atomic’s powder-oriented “HRZN Tech” inserts in the tip and tail. So those 5-6 mm of traditional camber underfoot is that sort of thing you’d expect to see on a ski that’s trying to optimize performance on hardpack, but the boat-hull tips and tails are 100% intended for soft snow. So we’re curious to see where the Bent Chetler 100 feels most at home.

Mount Point

This is another big surprise. While the Bent Chetler 120 has a recommended mount point of -2.9 cm from center, the Bent Chetler 100’s recommended mount point is a pretty traditional -7.8 cm from center.

Even more interesting is the fact that the Bent Chetler 100 also includes lines from -4 cm behind the recommended line all the way to +6 cm in front of the line. (Is Atomic really inviting us to mount this ski anywhere from -1.8 cm all the way back to -11.8 cm?). That’s a huge range, so we’re interested to play around with the mount point and see just how versatile the Bent Chetler 100 is when it comes to mount point, skiing style, and stances.

Weight

The most notable difference between the 18/19 Bent Chetler 120 and previous versions was the drastic drop in weight. The 184 cm Bent Chetler 120 came in around 1730 grams — several hundred grams lighter than previous versions.

The Bent Chetler 100 is coming in at a more moderate weight of around 1820 grams — though that’s still pretty light for a “50/50”, one-ski quiver of this width.

For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis:

1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm
1825 & 1876 4FRNT Raven, 190 cm
1848  & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19)
2024 & 2029 Salomon QST 99, 188 cm
2031 & 2038 Faction Candide 2.0, 184 cm
2034 & 2205 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 190 cm
2139 & 2118 Nordica Soul Rider 97, 185 cm

Some Potential Comparisons

We’re actually struggling to think of skis that really seem like apples-to-apples comparisons to the Bent Chetler 100. And considering how many skis we’ve spent time on, that’s saying something. So here are a few skis we think might (maybe?) be good comparisons to the Bent Chetler 100, but we’re mostly just very eager to get on the ski to see what category it actually falls into.

190 cm 4FRNT Raven

We’re a bit curious about 4FRNT Raven comparisons — though admittedly, it’s quite possible that neither the 184 nor 190 Raven end up feeling very similar on snow. (And in terms of actual length and weight, the 190 Raven is the more direct comparison to the 188 Bent Chetler 100 than the 184 Raven.)

And while the 190 cm Raven has soft tips & shovels, it doesn’t have the pronounced butter zone that the Bent Chetler 100 has. And the tails of the 190 Raven flex pretty similarly to the Bent Chetler 100’s. The 100’s might have a bit more snap to them, but the stiffness is similar. And the Raven has a much straighter and tapered shape compared to the Bent Chetler 100.

187 cm Liberty Origin 96

The 18/19 Origin 96 has less tip splay than the Bent Chetler 100, but this still looks to be a pretty interesting comparison given the skis’ fairly similar flex patterns. (The Origin 96 has been tweaked for 18/19, so we’ll be getting time on that ski soon, but you can also check out our review of the 17/18 version for a general idea of that ski).

190 cm Sir Francis Bacon

Despite its progressive -2.1 cm recommended mount point, the Sir Francis Bacon is actually noticeably stiffer than the Bent Chetler 100, and has deeper rocker lines. So should the same people be considering these two skis, or are they totally different?

188 cm Blizzard Rustler 10

The Rustler 10 and Bent Chetler 100 share pretty similar mount points, shapes, and flex patterns. The Rustler 10 felt like a directional ski that was still fairly playful, so will the Bent Chetler 100 feel more directional? More freestyle?

186 cm Line Sick Day 104

The Sick Day 104 and Bent Chetler 100 share similar flex patterns and weights, but they have pretty different rocker profiles and mount points.

Bottom Line (For Now)

The new Atomic Bent Chetler 100 looks like an extremely interesting and surprising addition to the Bent Chetler series. This is not merely a slimmed-down Bent Chetler 120. We’ll be getting time on the Bent Chetler 100 soon, but in the meantime, let us know about other potential comparisons you’d like to see or anything else you’d like us to address in our full review.

Flash Review: Atomic Bent Chetler 100

Blister members can now read our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review of the Bent Chetler 100.

NEXT: The Full Review

16 Comments

  1. Steffani Rideau March 22, 2018 Reply

    Maybe a Bent Chetler, PB & J battle.

  2. Blister Member
    taylor margot March 22, 2018 Reply

    Good list of skis to compare. Maybe throw the black crows freebird navis in there? I think a lot of are curious about the 50/50 capabilities of the Bent 100 / Rustler 10 / 190 Raven / 186 Sick Day / Navis Freebird, especially with the Shift on the horizon. The Backland 102 is gone, but maybe the new backland 107? kinda wide

    The Rustler 10, Liberty Origin, QST, etc getting to be a little heavy for an apples to apples weight comparison (theyre all bumping up against or over 2000grams i think) which opens the door to tons of other skis. The others you listed are all in the 100-105 width, soft tips with firmer backbone ski category, directional but tip and tail rockered, 1900 or less grams, and with the exception of the Raven, have camber.

  3. Blister Member
    Bredey March 22, 2018 Reply

    CT 2.0

  4. Blister Member
    EastSider March 23, 2018 Reply

    How about a comparison of this ski with the Nordica Enforcer 100?

  5. krys March 31, 2018 Reply

    can we do touring with the BC 100? any advice?

    • Luke Koppa Author
      Luke Koppa April 2, 2018 Reply

      Hi Krys,

      I’d say the Bent Chetler 100 is in the acceptable weight range for touring or 50/50 use, so we’ll be addressing this in our full review.

      Cheers,

      Luke

  6. zeljo92 April 10, 2018 Reply

    When will be posted full review of Bent Chetler 100?

    Cheers

    • Blister Member
      taylor margot April 10, 2018 Reply

      Same

    • Luke Koppa Author
      Luke Koppa April 11, 2018 Reply

      We’re spending more time on the Bent Chetler 100 over the coming weeks in order to get it in more conditions and A/B it against some other skis, so I’d expect the full review to be dropped in a month, maybe two months at the latest.

  7. Blister Member
    Conor April 11, 2018 Reply

    I’m wondering how the Bent Chetler 100 might compare to the ON3P Kartel 96. I assume the Kartel will have more tail rocker, but in regards to stiffness they might be in the same park. Since Atomic is putting such a wide range for mount points, it seems that depending on where you mount, you could set it up as a ski you can pivot and have it feel as though there is more tail rocker than what is actually there.

  8. Sev July 12, 2018 Reply

    Why are you getting so hung up on the ski’s name? It’s basically an evolution of the Access ;) Atomic probably just rebranded it to profit off of the Bent Chetler name…

  9. Blister Member
    Jeff July 12, 2018 Reply

    How would you compare the 100 Bent Chetler to the Salomon Mtn Explore 95 for couloir skiing? I am not overly concerned with the weight penalty of the Cheater on the way up.

    Thanks!

    • Luke Koppa Author
      Luke Koppa July 15, 2018 Reply

      Hi Jeff,

      That’s an interesting question. While I wouldn’t typically think of comparing the MTN Explroe 95 and Bent Chetler 100, I think I’d like both of them for couloirs. I think I’d take the Bent Chetler 100 in rougher, deeper, or more inconsistent snow since its extra weight, wider waist, and deeper tip rocker helps it stay a bit more composed in those conditions. But if things were really icy, I’d take the MTN Explore 95. I’d also take the MTN Explore 95 in *really* tight couloirs just since it’s a bit easier to flick around due to its lower weight (and it’s important to note that I’m comparing the 184 cm MTN Explore 95 to the 188 cm Bent Chetler 100).

      And if I were using the ski for couloirs in addition to skiing in the resort, or skiing a mix of pow, trees, hitting cliffs, etc., I’d take the Bent Chetler 100 for its better stability.

      Hope that helps, and let me know about any other questions.

      Cheers,

      Luke

  10. Zarik July 12, 2018 Reply

    They seem like a great daily driver ski for me in Japan. Any feedback on how well they behave in powder? Shape and flex suggests they would punch above their width, but any direct experience? Same question for bumps

    Length wise for resort and side country use, I am 178cm around 83kg. Upper intermediate pretty aggressive 180 or 188 length? I preordered 188 but can change

  11. Fabhz83 July 13, 2018 Reply

    Interesting review!! I know they’re widely different in construction, but how would you compare it to the Sakana? They are the two skis I’m looking at for next season for a 50/50 ski.

  12. Kyle July 13, 2018 Reply

    Volkl 90eight is the only way to go IMO it’s a better ski!! Plus you can tour in it hit the steeps jack of all trades. Bigger tips play for powder and more power overall. Surfy but stable and a great tour and steep ski.

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