Conditions: 40" and up of new snow, the top 18" of which was blower dry; somewhat tracked up crud, and soft bumps forming at the end of the day.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, ski 30-50 days a year, overall high level of fitness
2011 Atomic Bent Chetler, 183cm, mounted center w/Dukes. 123mm underfoot, tapered tip, 19m radius, fairly soft with quite a bit of sidecut underfoot.
Review: This ski was just what the doc ordered for the deep conditions we were in. As the tip is aggressively rockered and soft, with quite a bit of taper, it was a great tool for deep snow.
1st run: untracked, deep snow: the Bent is quite surfy, and kept me up on top of the somewhat light, somewhat heavy snow (wind loaded), at least as well as could be expected. It liked more of a medium-radius turn, and came around quickly. Float was excellent, and the tip stayed up well, better than the Huge Rocker. I felt the center mount was a bit far forward for deep snow skiing. It was actually hard to get a read on the ski in pure untracked snow, as the ski isn't really responding to much in terms of terrain. But, it was a joy to ski. Extremely easy to turn, huge sweet spot, very forgiving.
2nd run: somewhat tracked out deep snow, some blower crud. I was able to get a better read on the ski here. In the somewhat tracked out stuff, I could let the ski rip a bit more (the super deep snow slows me down, the mountain actually skis better with less snow, as it isn't a steep mountain). At speed, this ski was very playful in crud: light in weight, not stiff, and liked to bounce over the crud piles, rather than blast through them. Again, surprisingly forgiving: I didn't have to ski well to enjoy it, but when I really did focus on pulling my feet back and extending into the belly of the turn, the ski ate up the snow contact and really accelerated through the turn. It was so light on the snow, and the tail was forgiving and seemed easy to recover off of, if in the back seat. It was somewhat smeary, but not so much that it didn't like to arc, and in that respect, better than many of the reverse camber stuff out there. I didn't have to change my technique to ski the Bent: I could ski it aggressively, arc-to-arc, and it loved edge angle. It wasn't as stable as the Huge Rocker here, but quicker edge to edge and wanted to be in a smaller turn radius
3rd run: choppy bumps, "ex" groomer (was a groomer at some point, before 12" of new snow fell on it): Again, the Bent impressed. It was really quick, really fun, extremely nimble on the "groomer" section, which in reality was just a crud field with less snow than the off-piste stuff, and as such, I could ski it faster. It really liked to skip through the transitions, but allowed me to load it up at the top of the turn. There was a bit of a loss of stability at higher speeds in rough snow. In the soft bumps, it was also money; forgiving, easy, and smooth. The tail is so soft that it was easy to pilot.
Conclusion: this is a ski that could make a lot of people happy. The only downsides I found were a bit of loss of stability compared to stiffer skis in rough snow, and the 183cm feeling short, at least with the mounting point I was on. Other than that, it was a really fun, multi-condition soft snow ski, and a ski that I would love to own.
2011 Dynastar Huge Rocker: redesigned for 2011, approximately 15cm of tip and tail rocker (when measured from the start of the rocker to where the contact point would be on a non-rockered ski), fairly stiff and heavy, dual laminate construction. Mounted 2.5cm behind "standard" although I could go back 3cm or more. It is a twin, and it can ski short when skied at "center". 115mm underfoot, sidecut tip to tail. Mounted with adjustable track Griffons.
1st run: deep, uncut snow (1st run of the day); this ski is big, and it feels big, heavy, and hefty. As it doesn't have a tapered tip and is pretty stiff, it doesn't seem to float quite as well as the Bent: I would say somewhere along the lines of 95% as good. It feels longer, probably due to the mounting point. It is a more straight-ahead, no fooling around feel on this ski, even though it is a twin, it shares a lot of the same feel of the old Legend Pro and Legend Pro XXL; damp, smooth, powerful laminate ski with no speed limit. On the Huge Rocker, I could have used more ski 1st run (snow was that deep, I had the old Huge Trouble in up to 24" of fresh and never wanted more ski, so that tells you just how deep it was). In fact, I couldn't even turn: skiing straight was required just to keep from stopping!
2nd run: starting to get cut-up crud, higher speed untracked snow: This ski really comes alive in floaty, soft snow at speed. It wants to run in medium to big arcs, and to be tipped and arced. This ski doesn't respond to heel-pushing, back-seating, or otherwise crappy skiing: it requires some solid technique to pilot. In comparison to the old Huge Trouble, it seems to bounce out of the turn easier with the addition of the rocker at the tail: it releases smoother, and at the tip, floats out of trouble. This ski is quite floaty as well, but more direct than the Bent. It likes modern, inside foot tipping and arc-to-arc skiing. At speed, in crud, rather than the floaty, snow-skimming nature of the Bent, the Huge Rocker is a bulldozer. You can see it on the video: it just moves snow out of the way, with a minimum of fuss. there are times that I was skiing with my hair on fire (not shot on the video, mostly later in the day when the sun came out) and the HR did not disappoint in those conditions: this ski was eating up the terrain. Very powerful ski. One difference in the wind-lips that can get packed and hard underneath: on the Bent, the ski just absorbs the terrain as you are dropping off of them, whereas on the Huge Rocker, the tail is stiffer, and it actually bounces you down them, like a flight of stairs. Completely different feeling ski.
3rd run (later in the day, getting tracked out, small bumps): For a stiffer ski, the Huge Rocker was (as I reported in the other, 100mm+ wide skis thread) surprisingly good in bumps; much better than the old Huge Trouble. It is the slightly more forgiving tip and tail, I think, than the old model. Excellent, predictable in soft bumps: it really eats up the terrain. You can predictably push it down on the back side of the bumps, and it likes to be in contact with the snow. It likes to be driven; this is not a ski for backseaters; to get the most out of it, you want to have the cuff of your boot engaged on the bumps: do that, and it rewards you with a very snaky, terrain absorbing feel that is predictable, smooth, and powerful.
Overall, I loved this ski as well. It is more of a high-speed, mixed condition and windpack ski than the Bent, which is more soft-snow oriented and lighter on the snow. Both are great. Not that I am a big-mountain competitor, but I bet the Huge Rocker would be excellent there; as it is quite laterally stiff and will stick on anything. I also really liked this ski and thought it was a great wide every-day type ski for bunches of new snow; would gladly own it as well.
Here is video of me on the Huge: