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Sh4dowOne more ski that came to mind: Surface New Life. Similar to the others, but flat underfoot (no camber) and symmetrical (designed for center mount). Since it has no camber it's better in pow than the others, but not as good on groomers (but can still handle them), and being symmetrical of course it's better for skiing switch.
Scotty_BoyAtomic Bentchetlers are a good, stiff pow ski. They handle my brother's larger size (5'10 240 lbs. ) very well. They can still charge hard but are also good for the occasional cliff and trick.
NZphysioThis is what I like to hear. I can get a pretty sweet deal on Atomics so have been leaning that way. What size does he ski on?
Scotty_BoyHe skis the 183. Which is kinda small for him, especially for a pow ski, considering that pow skis have tons of rocker and longer skis float better.
NZphysiointeresting to hear. If I do go the Bent Chetler route it will be the 14/15 versions which I believe are 185 and 192 sizes
tomPietrowskiDefiantly demo te Chetler to work out size. I'm 5'11 and 175 and ride the 184. The 192 is just too much for tighter trees and chutes. As said before it's a mid stiff ski with loads of rocker so you don't need to be up sizing to get the float. Try them but I would think unless your looking for an all out charging ski (in which case Chetler is not the ski) that the 184 will work best.
Profahoben_212I like mine in tighter trees and chutes, but it's all preference. I would Definately suggest a demo of both!
Atomic automatic 117. Amazing skis.
Salomon q 115
.[/QUOTEhave you skied both of these? I'm looking at these two for a pow ski next year.
b-kulhave you skied both of these? I'm looking at these two for a pow ski next year.[/QUOTE]
Yeah Both very good skis. Personally I prefer the automatic. It carves so so well. I used it as my groomer ski quite a bit last season as they hold an edge so well. They are really fun in the trees. Only thing I would like is a slightly stiffer tail.
The salomon is a very stable ski too. Hooks up an edge well but I felt it did not carve quite as well as the atomic. The salomon is slighty stiffer so will be better for a bigger guy. One other thing to mention with the q115 is the largest size so the 188 is slightly stiffer then the smaller models. Its not much but as its the ski the big mnt guys use on the team so its slightly stiffened. Personally I prefer the sidecut on the atomic but if you are a bigger guy the salomon is more stable especially in the tail.
Overall though I love the automatic
tomPietrowskihave you skied both of these? I'm looking at these two for a pow ski next year.