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192 vs 183 - Bent Chetler

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I'm debating between the 192 and 183 Bent Chetler as my new pow/touring ski. I currently ski a 185 blog which are almost center mounted and love them but I'd like something a bit bigger for deep snow. My background is park but I moved West and started to get more into big mountain skiing. I'm an aggressive skier, like to ski fast, drop cliffs, spin, and ski switch. I'm wondering if the 192 will feel too big (7 cm longer than my blogs) or if the 183 will feel too short (2 cm shorter with more rocker). I'm 5'9'' 160 lbs. Looking for some input to help me make my decision. Thanks!  

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I think 183 might feel too short... I'm 5'5" / 150 and when I demo'ed the 183 I felt pretty comfortable with it and I wouldn't wanna go shorter on a ski with that much rocker, if I was using it as a powder specific ski which that's why it exist anyway! :-)

 

Take a look at the blister review, guy is a little taller but overall about your size http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-atomic-bent-chetler

 

Given that you already ski something longer, and with less rocker, I don't see a reason to go for the 183. Maybe both would work fine for you but think the risk of feeling the 183 too short is much higher than the risk of the 192 to feel like too much ski!

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The Bents are a really light and playful ski, I think you'd be happy on the 192s. I sit at 5'11"/145 and the 183s are a good fit for me but if you're already on longer skis, you'd probably want a longer length. They tend to ski pretty short (the 183s probably ski more like 178s) and don't play well on hard snow/ice.

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If you want a more playful feel and for tighter terrain go for the 183. For what you described though, fasting skiing and cliffs I'd say go for the 192, if you mount them centre they won't feel much longer then your blogs since they have more rocker.

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