Hi, i am trying to decide between getting the 2012 bent chetlers or 2012 blogs. buying a year behind helps the price. I am looking for an excellent powder ski in medium to deep soft powder, but can also hold up well on the groomers. I ski mostly on east coast at jay peak, and ski mainly in the trees. Which ski would be a better option for me?. I am 5'6" 150 lbs. one worry of mine for the chetlers is the smallest they come in is a 183, while the blogs come in at a 177. is a 183 too big?
Of the two I would actually say bents. Be t's are a but soft to ride hard on groomers. But I would get the automatics over either of those. The waist width is right in the middle at 115 and they carve so well. They are also super playfull I found and very quick so great in trees.
^ why not consider the automatics as I said above? The blogs really are a bit soft to really ride hard on groomers and the bents although fun will not crave anything like as well a the automatic. Even though the automatic is a real charger they are still really fun and I was using them as my all mtn ski last season.
The Blog is a fucking terrible ski compared to the Bent. Even though the blog has a thinner waist, I firmly feel that the Bent Chetler is a more versatile ski. I have skied almost a full season on both.
i really like what i see with the automatics, whats stopping me is that the cheapest pair im finding is minimum $130 more than the bent chetlers and $170 more than the blogs. ii am on somewhat of a budget which is also deterring me away from a few other skis such as the sir francis bacons which look phenomenal, just a bit too pricey.
Agreed. If you like to ski in the trees the bents with the raised tip and tail will be so fun and easy to turn in the trees. and even at 115, it still rips on groomers while killing it every where else on the mountain.
I'm about your size and have the 184--they're sick everywhere, but would be a little more manageable in 177 on days that aren't fresh snow, especially in hairy tree-y situations.
I think their width is perfect--wide enough to float well in pow and narrow enough to be nimble on other days. I've lived out west for a while now and think that's sufficient width for a pow ski; the bents would be such overkill for you, imo.
I love them and definitely recommend them as your one ski quiver, but if I were to move back east I'd go for more of a 100-105mm range with a lil early rise. even with the snow that Jay gets you really don't need 110+; it's your decision though.