With the precision of a Porsche and the power of a locomotive, the Atomic Maverick 100 Ti is poised and ready to satisfy the needs of the most demanding of advanced and expert skiers. As the replacement line to the Vantage models from years past, the Maverick line is comprehensive and complete, with this 100 Ti serving as the flagship model. They really packed a lot of thought and technology into these skis, and it all seems like it works well together. Built with a poplar wood core, Atomic adds two .4 mm titanal sheets to the top and bottom, with a fiberglass laminate to add snap and energy. For the shape, Atomic uses that wider platform to generate float, all the while keeping it playful enough, especially in the shovel, for use in fresh and softer snow. In addition, the HRZN technology that has traditionally been used in Atomic’s powder, freestyle, and backcountry skis now filters into all Maverick (and women’s Maven) line skis, giving the added boost in the powder, without any sacrifice to the on-trail performance. Our staff had some pretty fair shakes on this ski throughout the winter, and our testers loved the performance of the ski on test day as well, and we’re pretty convinced that these new Mavericks are a nice upgrade from the outgoing Vantages—they're more playful while still retaining a very high-level of carving prowess, even at 100 mm wide.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
HRZN Tips, World Cup Base Finish
All Mountain, Groomers, Big Mountain
We had two testers on the 180 and two on the 188 cm lengths, so we’ll start with the shorter length. Both Sam Freund and Jeff Neagle skied the 180 and both found it skied true to size and a good length for them. Sam was all 4’s and 5’s on his scorecard, with 5’s given for versatility and stability, and 4’s for all other categories, including quickness, maneuverability, and overall impression. I like to point out the 4 for quickness, as it is a pretty burly and wide ski, so it’s nice to see a high score for that category as well. Sam notes that the Maverick 100 is a “great one-ski quiver ski right here. Not lighting fast in tight spaces, but out on the trail, it tackled everything with ease. Super versatile, really enjoyed it. Reminded me a lot of the Bent Chetler 100, with a little more front side stability.” We see a lot of shaping similarities between not only the BC 100, but also the Atomic Backland 100, just with a beefier build for sure. Jeff Neagle skied the Maverick earlier in the season for a number of days, and did get more wintry and appropriate testing conditions, so his experience was slightly different than the rest of our testers who only got to ski it in spring-like snow. Even so, Jeff’s scores were very similar to Sam’s, with 4’s across the board with a lone exception for a 5 in versatility. Jeff notes that the Maverick 100 Ti is a “really good addition to the ~100 mm all-mountain ski category and definitely has its own feel and its own little niche. Lightweight, but strong too. Feels quite a bit lighter on your feet than a lot of skis in this width range with metal, which I think a lot of skiers will enjoy. Crosses over between groomed slopes and off-piste, softer snow conditions effortlessly. Its agile and quick when you want it to be, but strong and stable when you need it to be. Using HRZN Tech in the tip really helps give it a smoother feel than a lot of skis in deeper snow too. Helps boost float and keeps the ski planing, which I like. It's interesting that Atomic has 3 skis that are 100 mm underfoot. Backland 100, Bent Chetler 100, and now Maverick 100 Ti. The Maverick is hands down the most powerful and most precise out of that group, but retains some of the Atomic feel and attitude. I think it will be a favorite among skiers who have enjoyed skis like the Bent Chetler, but want a little more stability, edge grip, etc.”
On the 188, Andrew Ruschp and Mike Anglin certainly found the Maverick 100 a ski to be reckoned with. Andrew notes that he would go down to the 180 for eastern skiing, and as expected, his scores reflect that statemen. He scored the ski 5’s out of 5 for flotation, torsional stiffness, edge hold, and stability—all high scores that reflect a stiffer and longer ski. On the other hand, 2’s were found on his card for quickness, maneuverability, versatility, and forgiveness. These all line up as well with a ski being too long, especially for its build. Even though he’s a very strong skier, Andrew notes that the Maverick 100 Ti in the 188 was “a lotta ski. Would be great for deep days but way too much for me. Felt like I had 2x4s on my feet.” And that’s fair! Mike Anglin had similar scores of 5 out of 5 as Andrew in stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold, and a similar 2 in forgiveness. Mike notes that he was “trying to stay away from the Top Gun 'Maverick' references but I can't. Absolute F14 fighter jet. Not as nimble as the jet but, can definitely reach Mach speed velocity and be comfy once there. Found it very stiff, and incredibly damp but able to comfortably link GS/SG radius turns in deep spring mashed corn. Short turns and bumps require some extra focus as it's easy to get thrown back. Not scared of any terrain but shines in deep snow and wide spaces. Best for aggressive expert skiers, who 'feel the need for speed' in the deep.”
As the flagship model, this Maverick 100 Ti loves to be put to the test. From steeps and trees to bumps and groomers, the burly Maverick does perform better with a skilled pilot who enjoys pushing a ski. It’s not terribly relaxing or easy-going, but that’s part of the fun. It still does have some of the light weight maneuverability that the Vantage had, but with a new level of stability and power.