To give you an idea of what a steal the Bent Chetler 100 was last year, Atomic understandably raised its likely retail price by $100 and it’s still the best value in the category. But the Bent Chetler 100 is more than just a good deal; it’s a wonderfully versatile ski that is as easy to ski in off-trail conditions as any AMW model at any price. The key to the Bent Chetler 100’s charms is it Horizon Tech tip and tail which are rockered on both axes. By crowning its extremities, the littler Chetler feels like it can drift in any direction on a whim without losing control of trajectory. When in its element, it’s the epitome of ease, rolling over terrain like a spatula over icing. The Bent Chetler 100 is all about freedom of expression rather than the tyranny of technical turns. So what if it’s liberty-loving tip doesn’t want to show up early in the turn? That’s not its shtick. It has talents Technical skis never imagined, like throwing it in reverse off a precipice. It’s light, it’s easy to pivot and it’s wide enough to float in two feet of fresh. If you evaluate the Bent Chetler 100 for what it does rather than what it isn’t meant to do, it’s an all-star in a league of its own.
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