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JibbaTheHuttthe automatic is more of a directional ski, whereas the bentchetler is more bi-directional. The bentchetler is marginally wider underfoot, is more of a freestyle orientated powder ski where as the automatic is focused more at skiing gnarly lines etc.
onenerdykidThis. I am more of a directional skier and have a pair of 186 Automatics that I use as my tree ski. With less rocker in the tail and more tip-to-tail taper, they exactly what I am looking for in a pow ski. It just depends on what your aims are- powder ski more oriented to freeride or a powder ski more oriented to freestyle.
KravtZIs the 117 to beefy for a pow ski
onenerdykidNo, it's a pretty mellow, predictable flex pattern in the 186. If you jump up to the 193 it becomes noticeably stiffer in the "charger" length.
As others have already pointed out, the mountain point is fairly back on the ski. You might like it as is, but I'll at least say that Sage mounts his at +3cm. I found that +2cm was a good spot for a well rounded, 100% directional set up. But, put your boot and binding on the ski and play with the positioning to see what looks best for you.