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  1. #1
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    Bent Chetler 120 Tip Dive

    Picked up a pair of these near universally lauded sticks for a lighter/fatter BC setup and was surprised at the consistent and often violent bails from the tips diving. I like driving skis through my shins with a forward and nimble style, so hoping I just didnít pick the wrong ski...previously on Anima Freebirds and never experienced the tips diving despite them folding in half when skied hard.

    Looking back, mounting at the recommended point (-3 from center) was a mistake. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if remounting at say -7 would solve this problem. Not sure if there is a little extra material/layer under the recommended mount area and moving so far back will land the screws outside of it?

    Any maggot collective insights appreciated!

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    Iíd go -5, but I tried that ski, and I donít ski centered enough for it. It doesnít like being driven at all. Iíd of been more inclined to grab a backland.

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    -1.5 cm from recommended (-4.5 cm from center) is really nice. 6í 168#, main inbounds squeeze is a 191 billy goat. -2 also plays. Not sure what -4 is like
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    What length are they?

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    184. Iím 5í11 165. Try to keep my BC skis under 190cm. I think they may just be the wrong ski for my style. Stopped resort skiing and only tour/sled now..they seem to really struggle in any deep snow without a very centered stance. Great for nimble tight trees but the line between light mid foot skiing and getting sent over the handle bars is pretty thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    184. Iím 5í11 165. Try to keep my BC skis under 190cm. I think they may just be the wrong ski for my style. Stopped resort skiing and only tour/sled now..they seem to really struggle in any deep snow without a very centered stance. Great for nimble tight trees but the line between light mid foot skiing and getting sent over the handle bars is pretty thin.
    Fwiw for directional skiing I went back about -5 cm from the recommended line and it worked really well for me.

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    What is your height and weight? I have a pair on order 184s..... did you try them on the line first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoVT Joey View Post
    Iíd go -5, but I tried that ski, and I donít ski centered enough for it. It doesnít like being driven at all. Iíd of been more inclined to grab a backland.
    IMO, this sounds like truth.

    I come from a racing background and had to learn to be a lot more neutral on the BC120, at least at the recommended mount (I haven't tried moving it back). I thoroughly enjoy them in appropriate snow, but they don't charge the way my previous all-mountain skis (Anima, not the freebird though) could. They also don't hold a candle to the Lhasa for charging mixed conditions, but that's no surprise.

    I added a pair of 188 BC100s to the quiver for firmer off-groom days and chop, and I am much happier to charge on those than on the 120.

    In fairness, the 120 is a 184. I'm 5'9" and about 180 lbs. I like being able to play on the 120s without the energy and commitment level that made the Anima and, even more so, Lhasa happy, but if I were a couple of decades younger and skiing faster, I'd probably want a different ski in that quiver spot unless I was making use of the playfulness for spinny and jibby type stuff.

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    In a 184, you could mount them at -6 from center [-3 from rec]. There it will have a similar mount to the Bibby. I ski the 190 and mounted at -1.5, for my backcountry skiing, I like how nimble it is. Rarely find myself absolutely rallying in the backcountry.

    Out of curiosity, what kind of snow were you in and how fast were you skiing?


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    Ramp angle also has an effect.
    Had two pair of original LP years ago. The one with the touring binding dove like a naval submarine. Same boot center.
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    I tour on the bc120 184 length at -2 from recommend. I'm definitely used to surfy skis and progressive mount points though. Seems to work good from there for me. But you might want a pow stick that is mounted further back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    I like driving skis through my shins with a forward and nimble style, so hoping I just didn’t pick the wrong ski...
    There's no point in driving through your shins if you can't feel the base. Center your stance and go faster.

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    For a no brainer pow ski a pintail design with 600mm of early rise like the lotus 120 is idiot proof, leaning forward like a ski jumper I can't sink the tips on porpoise

    IME a skis (wailer jj) with only 450 mm of early rise will still sink but i can bring it back easily enough

    mounting back becuz you heard it on TGR, can't ski pow, think its going to help just makes for a sluggish ski that bogs like a ski boat that won't get up on plane, get get yer speed up and stay centered , you can ski pow on any ski but some designs are easier IME
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    What binding is on the bent Chetler ? what bindings do you like in powder normally?

    I find for powder I actually like my toes higher than on packed snow. Flat is good(IE P18 with both toes lifts used) but even 1 or 2mm higher in the toes than flat seems to be best and easiest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwacka View Post
    What binding is on the bent Chetler ? what bindings do you like in powder normally?

    I find for powder I actually like my toes higher than on packed snow. Flat is good(IE P18 with both toes lifts used) but even 1 or 2mm higher in the toes than flat seems to be best and easiest.
    Salomon MTN. Find them the best low weight/most dependable off the tech bindings Iíve used.

    Got on the line vision 118 albeit a hardback day and think they would be an excellent BC ski that can be driven...mounted -1 I was surprised how much I need to drive them with a forward stance to stay nimble and not on the tails. Yet to get a pow day on them but think they could tick the boxes the Bent Chetlers donít...at a bit of a weight penalty.

    Kind of reminded me of a lighter Obsethed with the huge tips and damp feel

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    I've found that among my friend group, some adapt to more center-mounted skis and others don't at all. One had the Bent Chetler 120 and didn't like it - mounted back 3 cm and it was better, but still not right for him.

    I haven't been able to get used to them. I tried the QST 118 mounted a little back from the line (8cm behind core center) and the tail still felt really long and awkward to me. I'm super happy on my old Automatic 117 which are 12cm behind core center. I know there is a lot more to skis than mount point, but after having tried quite a few pairs, I haven't loved any of the more center-mount ones and have noticed that a few other friends have had similar experiences. I've been through is all with binding delta, boot fit, etc. etc. and I actually run zero delta with a very upright boot out of preference, but that in itself hasn't made forward/center mounted skis feel good.

    If you love that forward mount then more power to you - most of the coolest new skis seem to be that way!

    /rant

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