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Bent Chetler 100 vs Line Chronic
Hey everyone, looking for some ski advice.
I am an advanced skier who skis 50/50 East Coast and West Coast. I ski just about everything on the mountain but mostly on-piste and side-country with a pinch of park mixed in. I'm looking to get better at park skiing as right now I'm mostly doing medium-sized jumps and basic rails, my biggest limiting factor is that my friends tend to avoid the park.
This season I demoed a bunch of skis and the Bent Chetler 100's and the Line Chronics came up on top for me for their playfulness and versatility.
The problem I'm having is that I can only get one. I find that the Line Chronics are slightly more fun to ski but I'm worried that by getting them I would be losing out on the few deep days that I'll get in a season.
The Bent Chetler 100s would solve that issue for me (they performed well for me in semi-deep snow) but while I loved riding them they were just behind the Chronic. To be fair, I've only ridden the Bent Chetlers at the factory recommended line which I would most likely move up +3 or +4 but I'm not sure how much playfulness that would add.
So the question is do I get the ski that is slightly more fun to ride or one that's slightly more versatile?
Sounds like the Bentchetler 100 is the way to go for you. I think they have a pretty low swing weight so I doubt you would notice the extra 5mm of waist width.
Personally, I think it is always a good idea to go for the ski that you liked most at the demo and to listen to your gut!
I am clearly a bit biased but I think the chronic makes sense for a one ski quiver for someone who skis 50/50 on the east and west coast. The chronic was designed to be a 1 ski quiver for all mountain/park skiers. The tip width of the chronic is 129 mm which is almost the same as the 100 so it does relatively well in soft snow while excelling in more firm conditions.
The good news is that both of those skis are rad so you can't really go wrong!
I can't make this choice that much easier, but I will say the BC 100 is a way more playful ski if it's mounted closer to center. I don't think you'll have any regrets if you get a pair and mount them more sanely. Pretty sure that recommended line enabled them to be Atomic's #1 North American seller this year, but if you are on NS at all, that line probably doesn't make sense for you.
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