Atomic worked with Chris Benchetler to create an extremely fun freestyle powder ski. Now in it's 3rd season of production, I have skied this for 2 seasons here in Colorado and I am hooked on it. I see where the shape and overall behavior came from. Chris was previously skiing on the early K2 Hell Bents, as was I. I had always thought that the hell Bent's had a bit too much rocker and would push the snow in front of you before planing up on top, they also didn't have enough camber under foot and pop in the tails. The Bent Chetler is in my opinion a perfected Hell Bent. Atomic used Powder Rocker or "pop rocker 20" to give the skis some liveliness both on the groomers and a bounding through the deep stuff.
The combination of vertical sidewall underfoot and cap construction in the tip and tail help achieve this. The overall rise of the 'chet's tip and tail is smooth and progressive so they plane on top of the snow much faster and smoother than some other shapes. A little bit of tip and tail taper help keep the skis from getting hung up in deep snow and funky wind effected conditions.
Chris has really had some fun in the graphics department as well. The first year he gave us a graphic with Japanese cartoons with tye dye bases witch was a great departure from the hell bents that he had to look at on the k2's Now the ski has a great Mexican blanket motif base and a great collage on the top sheet. I like that graphics have been fun, It's an amazingly fun ski and he is keeping it looking that way
Available at Stapleton Sports in Aspen. www.stapletonski.com