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Atomic Maverick, Maven Ski Evaluation: Constructed to tear aside North American slopes

The latest Atomic skis are designed in the USA for North American skiers and offer epic days in all conditions on all terrain.

Atomic makes great promises for the 2021-2022 season, with a new line of skis made by and for North American skiers. After 3 weeks of testing we can confirm: Boy, the new Atomic skis are delivering!

When Atomic, based in Altenmarkt, Austria, got involved in a new line of all-mountain skis for the North American market, it started with a blank board considering what makes skiing in North America different from skiing in Europe.

The brand is also committed to testing in the US and Canada to ensure it is on the right track. Atomic is committed to ditching the brotastic culture and general freeride jargon and focusing on what really matters – so skiers can have a great day on the mountain.

In summary: The new Maverick and Maven Skis are sure to achieve Atomic’s goal: to develop a ski that can tackle every inch of a mountain, especially in North America. From the blue snowcat at the front to the steep canyons and shells in the back, the Maverick and Maven are ripping. The skis hold an edge well, are speed stable and are delivered non-stop on all types of terrain.

From concept to chairlift

Atomic assembled a test team of 60 skiers, including consumers and influencers, ski professionals, shop clerks and staff, to help the brand work out all the details. Atomic has developed a whopping 145 skis as prototypes and ultimately decided on five men’s models and four women’s models, which allow skiers with blue squares and black diamonds a killer day in almost all conditions and in every terrain.

Many so-called “all-mountain skis” are specially oriented towards the front. Some excel off-piste and can hold on to when they point at a tightly packed groomer. The Maverick – I tested the 95 Ti in 180 cm – is a real one-ski quiver for someone who wants a ski for every corner of the resort.

And Atomic believers take note: The Maverick and Maven line will replace Atomic’s existing Vantage range, which will be phased out by the end of this season. The new Maverick / Maven range weighs less, turns better and outperforms Vantage skis in deeper snow.

Atomic Maverick Ski Review

After each of my runs for several weeks, I took off my boots and knew I was having one of the best days of the season. And it was seldom thanks to the snow conditions. The Maverick skis were playful and agile. I rarely thought about what was on my feet as I tumbled through fluffy runs of trees, aggressively carving on open snow groomers, and jumping over technical bumps.

The ski had an edge on Stowe’s black diamond nosedive in highly compacted artificial snow. The cargo space wasn’t as good as a pure frontside ski, but good enough. On a day with one centimeter of fresh snow on a hardpack containing calcium, the skis felt stable and safe.

And when we got a foot of fresh powder, I plunged into pristine forests and floated through an obstacle course of trees and stumps. Then I found a new love for Mughal Whoop-de-Doos on the double black diamond goat.

The Maverick skis felt like an extension of my body with every run. I was in control and relied on my equipment, which delivered continuously. You didn’t grip as well as others in the iciest conditions. But they were more agile and floated better than other skis with the same dimensions.

Probably the 88 Ti would have done better in the hardpack, and if I had lived in the Rocky Mountains, not Vermont, the 100 Ti would be the ski I would want.

Test Atomic Maverick and Maven

Omatic Core & Hrzn Tech

The flat tail Maverick and Maven are built on the Omatic core of Atomic (an anagram of “Atomic”). According to Atomic, the Omatic core, which layers poplar, fiberglass, and either titanium or carbon, gives these skis the ultimate balance between stiffness and flexibility. This is really what we all want in every ski: finding the perfect balance so we can load, turn and move safely.

The brand also said the ski’s “flow profile” combines the perfect amount of seesaw and camber for effective edge contact. These are big claims and while I would argue that no ski could be ultimate, effortless, and perfect, this ski is fantastic.

The Maverick and Maven have Atomic’s signature Hrzn Tech Tip, which is made from the same materials as the ski sidewalls. This tip construction, just like Atomic’s infamous Bent Chetler 100 and Backland skis, kept me floating in the snow where I would normally want a wider ski.

Hrzn Tech gives the tip more surface area without additional weight and gives a narrower ski more versatility. I never had to concentrate on carving; The skis just went where I wanted them to go.

All mountain skis for North American skiers

Making skis is a bit like baking cake. Everyone uses the same ingredients. In the case of skis, it is wood, titanium or carbon and fiberglass. But depending on how you combine the ingredients, the results will be different. For the 2021-2022 season, many brands are trying to hit the all-mountain ski sweetspot. And Atomic did.

According to Alex Quitiquit, Senior Hardgoods Buyer at BackcountryAtomic was wise to invest in wrapper research as this is the third thing after length and waist size that skiers consider when buying a ski.

As such, both the Maverick and Maven sport subtle, natural graphics – trees on men’s skis and northern lights on women. Unfortunately, once installed, bindings mostly cover the bald, lonely jaws on the Maverick’s tail.

The loner There are three widths in titanium construction and one width in carbon construction. The Maven There are two carbon constructions as well as a carbon and titanium free construction.

Atomic Maverick skis

Atomic Maverick Specs

Maverick 86 C.

  • Lengths: 153, 161, 169, 176, 184 cm
  • Dimensions: 120-126 / 86.5-88.5 / 103.5-109.5
  • Price: 600 dollars

Maverick 88 Ti

  • Lengths: 161, 169, 176, 184 cm
  • Dimensions: 121.5-126 / 87-88.5 / 105-109.5
  • Price: 800 dollars

Maverick 95 Ti

  • Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm
  • Dimensions: 126 / 93.5-95 / 110-114.5
  • price: $ 850

Maverick 100 Ti

  • Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm
  • Dimensions: 128.5 / 100/199
  • Price: $ 900

Atomic Maven ski

Atomic Maven Specs

Maven 86

  • Lengths: 147, 153, 161, 169 cm
  • Dimensions: 118.5-123 / 86-87.5 / 102-016.5
  • Price: $ 480

Maven 86 C.

  • Lengths: 147, 153, 161, 169 cm
  • Dimensions: 118.5-123 / 86-87.5 / 102-016.5
  • Price: 600 dollars

Maven 93 C.

  • Lengths: 156, 164, 172 cm
  • Dimensions: 124.5-127.5 / 93-94 / 108.8-111.5
  • Price: 800 dollars

All of the listed skis are available for the 2021-2022 season.

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