Expert Review: 2024 Atomic Bent 110 Skis [with Video]Published on 11/04/2023 · 7 min readSkiing Experts Ian Hamilton and Luke Hinz tested the 2024 Atomic Bent 110 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Experts Ian Hamilton and Luke Hinz got their hands on the 2024 Atomic Bent 110 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the Bent 110 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Atomic claim about this ski? [Luke] Atomic claims that this is definitely more of a freestyle, freeride, playful ski, and it shows as the ski has quite a bit of rocker in the tip and tail. The ski also has a pretty progressive mounting point that’s a little bit more forward than you'll see in some stiffer, more directional skis.
What is your overall impression of the ski? [Ian] It's a wide ski, and it needs fresh snow. We had ten inches overnight, so the turns that I got in the fresh snow felt great.
[Luke] It took me a little getting used to having less ski in front of me as I was skiing. As far as flex, the Atomic Bent 110 is a much softer ski and it has a simple wood core. There's no carbon or metal in it, so it's an impressively light ski. It feels very light on your feet and it's easy on the legs. In fact, it's so light that I would actually recommend these to be touring capable. So if you're looking for a ski that you would also be able to take into the backcountry, these are definitely light enough.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? [Ian] I did not have a great time on the groomers. It has camber underfoot and rockered tips and tails, but it feels buttery. [Luke] With a 110 waist, quite a bit of rocker in the tip and tail, a lighter construction, and a softer flex, these skis are built for powder, soft snow, and going off piste.
What is the background of this ski? [Luke]This is the Atomic Bent 110, otherwise known as the Bent Chetler named after the infamous Chris Benchetler. The Bent Chetler 120 has been a flagship ski for Atomic for years now, and they're still making it which is super impressive. It has a cult following of skiers who love that ski. A couple of years ago, Atomic introduced the Bent 100, which has become super popular as well. So, the Bent 110, along with the Bent 90, are newer additions to the Bent family. You now have the ski coming in a 90, 100, 110 and a 120 width version.
How does the ski turn? [Luke] In the carving department, these skis are a little lacking because there's no metal or carbon in them. There's not a lot of torsional stiffness in them.
What is the edge hold like? [Luke] When I set these on edge, I could feel the ski flexing under me and sometimes when I'd go to make a turn the edge would just slide out under me. So, these skis are definitely lacking a bit in the carving department. They just don't hold as strong of an edge as a lot of other skis out there.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? [Luke] They feel a little squirrely, and they're definitely prone to chatter. I was not comfortable giving these skis up to higher speed because they could just slide out from under me.
How is it for freestyle skiing? [Luke] Because these skis have a partial twin tip, you could definitely take these into the park and they're light enough that you can have a ton of fun on them. They are a little on the wider side for park skis, so that's why I think they'd be better for someone who's looking for a more progressive style, like off trail, natural hits, or building kickers in the backcountry.
Is it good for skiing switch? [Ian] It skied switch well even in powder!
[Luke] They're easy to flip around and ski switch.
How is it in powder? [Ian] This is a powder ski plain and simple! In pow, it slashed, and it was soft in the tips and tails. It is a playful, all mountain pow ski.
[Luke] I was lucky enough to show up on a day when we got ten inches of new snow and these skis were very fun in the powder! They were super floaty in the powder.
How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? [Luke] Whenever I hit something underneath the powder, like a mogul or maybe some ice left over from the warm days, they get bucked around a little bit with how light they are.
How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Luke] They're very light and super maneuverable in tight spots. I could take them into the trees and be comfortable opening up the speed because I knew I could shut them down really easily.
What terrain is this ski good for? [Ian] It's a wide ski! It's meant to be skiing soft snow, and for that it's good.
[Luke] They float in powder. They're also super maneuverable because of the rocker in the tip and tail. If you're on the East Coast, these would be a great dedicated powder ski. If you are out in the West or somewhere that gets more snow, these could be a daily driver if you’re not really worried about skiing on piste or on groomers.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? [Ian] I would only pull this out when it was 12 inches of snow or more, and otherwise I really would prefer a skinnier ski. The edges didn’t feel great on groomers and I just don’t love it on the hardpack.
[Luke] These skis were definitely not the most confident skis I've ever skied on groomers. They felt a little bit squirrely and a little bit more prone to chatter.
Who would you recommend these skis to? [Ian] If you plan on skiing big, steep slopes with 6 to 30 inches of fresh snow regularly then it’s great! I would recommend the ski for intermediates all the way to experts, and especially those freestyle skiers that are going into ski pow and big mountain terrain because it makes everything feel pretty playful.
[Luke] This would be a great powder ski for an intermediate skier- someone who's mastered the fundamentals is working on skiing more aggressively. If you want an easily maneuverable ski to go out on powder days and not sink like your skinny skis, you’ll have a blast on them!
This would also be a great option for advanced to expert skiers who are lighter and who want a more playful, jibby style ski. They’re great for side hits, natural features, and even going into the backcountry and building a kicker!
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? [Ian] It is a bit more of a niche ski that for certain people and certain circumstances is great, but it's not a great ski for everyone.
[Luke] Being a bigger guy at 210 pounds, these felt a little too light for me. They felt squirrely, and did not hold an edge to save my life.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Bent 110 is the right ski for you, chat with Ian or Luke or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.