2022 Atomic Maverick 88 TI Skis
Atomic Maverick 88 TI Skis
The Atomic Maverick 88 Ti skis are an awesome offering made to satisfy the all-mountain needs of advanced and expert skiers who are looking for a responsive ski for a multitude of conditions and terrain. We talk a lot about the 88 mm underfoot category and their supreme usefulness in an all-mountain format, and for most skiers, this will and should be the only shape and style of ski that they need. While we'll never talk you out of buying multiple pairs, the Maverick 88 Ti is certainly a fine choice for a true all-mountain ski capable of carving like a race ski and floating like a powder ski. The build, shape, and construction of the Maverick 88 is mostly to blame for its success in this format. As an 88, built with a poplar wood core and two sheets of metal, these skis have a great deal of torsional stiffness, allowing them to hold an edge on any and all snow types, and are able to generate a ton of power and strength on the back end of the turn. There's a bunch of energy coming out of these skis, and it's not only the metal and wood, but also the fiberglass. This really sets the ski apart when it comes to that snappy and poppy feeling that skiers really appreciate. With an 18.2-meter turn radius, you'll me making some sweet-shaped turns on the groomers while still being able to rip through the crud and chop, days after a storm.
- Sidecut: 125/88/110 mm
- Turn Radius: 18.2 m at 176 cm length
- Weight: 1800 g
- HRZN Tip Shape
- Tip and Tail Rocker
- Poplar Wood Core
- Dual Titanal Laminate
- Fiberglass Laminate
- Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers
Atomic Maverick 88 Ti - what size would you recommend for 17 y. o., 5'11", 140lbs - all around east cost skis (90% groomers)?
The Maverick 88 TI would be an excellent choice for a one-ski quiver for the East.
At your son's height and low weight, we would suggest going for the 176cm length.
Hope this helps and think snow!
They best compare to the Brahma 88s. Pretty stiff, Damp, precise and versatile all-mountain skis with similar shape and rocker profile. The Armadas are softer and have a different shape and rocker profile. I would go with the Atomics. Not as stiff as the Blizzard (Its a lot of ski) and are extremely versatile but can carve and ski the cut up snow very well. Really shines all over the front side and very responsive.
All of the skis listed are excellent all-mountain skis with a lot of versatility. Out of the 4, I would lean towards the Atomic 88 ti and the Enforcer 88. Both are precise, damp and have metal in their cores for extra grip, and provide great torsional stiffness. I would give the slight edge to the Enforcer due to its unique rocker profile, which gives it more soft snow and off-piste capability. At your stats, go for the 172cm length.
I think the Maverick is the best short-swing turner of that group. The other's prefer more rounded turns, GS style, while I found that Maverick to make amazingly short and quick turns on a variety of conditions and terrain. Maybe that Experience 86 gives it a run for its money, but the lightness of the Atomic makes it stick out a bit more. I'd consider the 176, but if you know you prefer a slightly shorter ski I do not think the 169 will be too short. Have fun!
Since I plan to spend more time on the groomer than off-piste, the maverick 88 seems the most appropriate, for more stability I think the size 176 would be appropriate or it would be better to choose the 169 for easy control, what do you think?
The ski itself is stable, so I think it's a better idea to size down to the 169. You're still going to get a ton of power and grip, with the maneuverability benefit as well. Have fun!
* Volkl Kanjo 84 at 182cm - I'll probably like these in bumps but they may not be great at higher speeds on hard groomers
* Volkl Kendo 88 at 177cm or 184cm - the opposite of Kanjos where I'm afraid they will be too stiff in bumps
* Atomic Maverick 88 Ti at 176cm or 184cm - might be a little too light for icy conditions at fast speeds
* Black Crows Vertis at 180cm - might not handle VT conditions as well as other choices
* Kastle DX 85 at 176cm - might be too lightweight, although I believe MX series is too advanced for me
FWIW - I demoed Rossi Experience skis (176cm) and didn't love them because they weren't really stable at higher speeds and seemed hard to turn in the bumps.
Any thoughts on these skis and length would be appreciated. Thanks.
I think its going to come down to either the Kendo or the Maverick. The 2023 Kendo will definitely have the best performance on edge and is actually pretty lively in the bumps thanks to updated construction and a lighter tip. The Mavericks are lighter but you still have a dual metal laminate supporting and dampening the ride so icy conditions shouldn't be a problem. I would say if you want to ski more bumps the Maverick is going to be the better choice. Its a lot easier to flick around and maneuver thanks to the HRZN tip and a little bit of tail rocker so you get a bit of the best of both worlds with this ski.
It's pretty stiff and demanding. I think the 86 C is a better choice for now and the next few years at least. Those skis are very energetic and fun while the 88Ti does require more work to access the performance. Have fun!
We have that ski paired with a Tyrolia Attack 13, which is a direct competitor to the Warden 13. We offer free mounting as well. You can buy it flat as well, but our Killer Deal ski/binding combos are a great value--basically paying $150 for a mounted binding. For boots, we have the following RX (100 mm last) models, with the 100 in the 30.5 and the 130 in a full size run available. Hope that helps!
I own Atomic Vantage 90 CTI 184cm from 2016 and I love those skis. They are light but they can still be used for long GS high speed turns on groomers and I can also use them for powder days (up to 20 cm fresh snow). I find them very forgiving (for me) and very versatile skis. The only complain I have are some what poor performance on icy or hardpack bumpy terrain where I found them to be a little "chatty". I've read that successor of 2016 Vantage 90 CTI was not quite the same ski as previous version.
How do the longest (184 cm) new Mavericks 88 TI compare to Atomic Vantage 90 CTI 2016 (184) version? I intend to use Maverics primarly on groomers, but offpiste ventures are also quite frequent. Snow are is primarly Austria, France and Italy.
Thank you for your answers.
The Mavericks are a very interesting set of skis. The dual metal laminate gives them some serious performance on groomers, but because of how thin those metal sheets are the ski is light and reactive still. You also get a fair bit of tip and tail rocker for a frontside oriented ski so getting off trail isn't a problem at all. Compared to the Vantage 90 CTI these feel more versatile and more like an all mountain ski that happens to be an amazing on-piste carver.
Both will suffice, the biggest difference is in weight and corresponding stability. The Kendo is heavier and has a more solid feel to it, so if you're hitting high speeds and want more security and power underfoot, I'd go Kendo. Sounds like you're leaning that way, and in that realm, it's a fantastic choice. Maverick is great, but is lighter and quicker with less stability.
Rustler is more versatile when it comes to softer snow while the Maverick 88 is a rock star on the groomers. If you spend most of your time on groomers and firmer snow, the Mav is likely a better option, but that Rustler is no slouch in a carved turn either. The Rustler has more of the same personality as the QST 85 while the Maverick is a different animal. Have fun!
I’m 52, 5’9”, 195lbs and consider myself to be an advance/expert skier with 45+ years of experience on the slopes. My current skis are the 2017 Vantage 90 CTiin the 176 length and I just love them. These skis have the feel of a race ski in that they are super stable at high speed and are able to really carve and slice through any type of snow. I was waiting on some new technology from Atomic to purchase a new pair of skis and was wondering how the Vantage 90 CTi would compare to the Maverick 88 TI given the fact that Atomic has added an extra sheet of titanal and taken out the carbon mesh in the tip and tail. Is there that much of a difference in how they perform to warrant a new purchase?
I love watching your reviews and comparison vids which I find very informative. Keep up the good work!
Jeff and I actually just skied that Mav 88 yesterday, so it's fresh in my mind. I do not find it to the the same solid high-speed GS carver that the 90 used to be. Even though the Mav has a longer turn radius than many others in the class, I found it to really excel in short turns, with long turns next, and medium last. There's a slight hitch in its step when you try to do medium-radius turns, it seems to enjoy either being used quickly, or stood on for the longer arcs. Other than the two thin sheets of metal, it's a pretty light ski, and that was another of our main takeaways, even though that older 90 wasn't too heavy either, but the Mav 88 is not quite as stable or powerful as some other 88's in the class like the Kendo or Brahma. That said, I really, really like the short and quick-turning nature of the ski and the excellent energy, but it just doesn't have the race-like feel of some other skis of similar widths. I like the ski more without the carbon, personally.
-- Armada Declivity 88 C
-- Atomic Maverick TI 88
-- Blizzard Brahma 88
-- Nordica Enforcer 88
-- Volkl Kendo 88
1. It's hard to find comps on softness vs. stiffness - how would they rank?
2. There's a big difference in weights (1360 to 2040) - how much does that matter?
Thanks for any input!
Her are the skis in order of stiffness, going from Softer to stiffest:
Armada Declivity 88 C
Blizzard Brahma 88
Atomic Maverick TI 88
Nordica Enforcer 88
Volkl Kendo 88
Weight is really not that much of an issue unless you are park skiing or skinning for turns.
The Atomic Maverick TI sits right in the middle of this group and it worth a close look.
At your stats, go with 176cm length.
Just looking for some advice on upgrading from rentals and buying my first set of skis. I’m a 6’3” and 220lbs, advanced intermediate skiing in western NA. I enjoy mostly groomed blacks and blues. My priority is something thats fun to carve in and can handle crud easily for most of my skiing. However I’d also like a ski that I can occasionally go off-piste and learn to advance my skills in powder and different kinds of terrain. I’ve been considering skis like the Maverick 88 Ti, Navigator 85 and Kanjo 84. If there’s any chance you guys could help point me in the right direction that’d be greatly appreciated!
I'd point you towards the Maverick 88. It's light yet strong and stable. The new navigators don't have metal in them, and I think you'd find the Kanjo a bit on the flexible side for your size and application. The Atomic checks all those boxes, and the fact that it does it at a lighter weight makes it all the more impressive. I'd go with the Atomic in the 184. Have fun!
I'd go with the 184 in that ski. It's on the stiffer side, but it's not crazy. Volkl Kanjo in 182 is another good option. Have fun!
I would still take the Mavericks over the Stances. Damper, more precise and just a bit more versatile. Yes, 184cm for the Mavericks all the way.
The Atomic Maverick 88 Ti is an excellent choice. We like to say that 88 underfoot is the sweet spot for all-mountain capabality Also check out the Nordica Enforcer 88 and the Elan Ripstick 88.