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2022 Atomic Maverick 100 Ti Ski Review

The ski season rolls on and we’ve been lucky to spend a lot time on 2022 skis over the past few weeks. While there’s a fair number of carry-forward skis from 2021 to 2022, we do get a few completely new lines from a handful of brands, and one of the most notable new collections is Atomic’s Maverick and Maven all-mountain skis. A lot of development went into these new skis, which replace most all of the Vantage models of current and past years, while taking some influence from existing skis in their lineup like the Backland and Bent Chetler. Most notably, Atomic went through a total of 145 prototypes and used a diverse team of 60 skiers to inspire these new skis.

Simply put, the Mavericks and Maven skis are split into either Ti or C models, which include, you guessed it, either titanal or carbon. Widths range from 86 underfoot to the widest Maverick 100 Ti that we’re going to talk about today. The 86 to 100 range basically covers everything we would consider an all-mountain ski. Those widths are basically where we make the cut in our own ski categorization, with wider skis falling into more of a freeride realm and most narrower skis into a frontside category.

AT A GLANCE


2022 Atomic Maverick 100 Ti Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

172, 180, 188 cm

19.2 m at 180 cm

129.5 / 100 / 120 mm

OMatic Core: Poplar, Titanal, Fiberglass

Versatility, Stability, Lightweight


Atomic has a few phrases to describe these skis, which I really like. “Exact & Relaxed, Balanced performance, strong power to weight ratio.” Those 3 phrases are evident in the 2022 Atomic catalog, and in my opinion, it’s a very accurate, simple way to describe their performance. Of course, this wouldn’t be a typical SkiEssentials.com review if we just left it at that, but that is an excellent place to start. Let’s start with construction as we dig deeper into how Atomic achieved those characteristics. Atomic calls it OMatic core, and it’s quite a bit different than what we got from the Vantage skis. No more Prolite construction. Instead, we get a poplar wood core that’s surrounded by 2 sheets of metal, one above the core, one below. It’s finished with fiberglass layers in a classic sandwich construction. What’s interesting, and definitely worth pointing out, is they’re actually lighter than the Vantage skis they’re replacing. We often talked about how light those skis are, but the Maverick 100 Ti is about 200 g lighter than the Vantage 97 Ti. Not bad, not bad at all. It’s also worth noting that the metal used in the ski is .4 mm thick. That’s quite a bit thinner than what we see in a lot of skis with metal, which is helping bring the weight down, and also plays into performance. It is, hands-down, impressive that Atomic could achieve that weight with 2 sheets of metal. Kudos.

Then there’s the shape. To me, the shape is very different than the Vantage skis they’re replacing. Perhaps most obviously, the Maverick 100 Ti has HRZN Tech in the tip, a shaping concept brought over from skis like the Bent Chetlers and Backlands. Along with the HRZN Tech comes more dramatic early taper and longer tip rocker compared to the Vantage models. Atomic calls the whole thing Flow Profile, which refers to a specifically engineered amount of rocker, camber, and taper to achieve strong edge grip on firm snow as well as a surfy, smeary feel in soft snow. Something that I personally find interesting is the Maverick 100 Ti shares a very, very similar shape with the Backland 100. In fact, the listed sidecut dimensions are identical. The Maverick 100 Ti has longer tip rocker, and of course drastically different construction, as it’s about 400 g heavier, but the inspiration from the Backland 100 feels obvious. Extremely similar taper profile, both have a 19.2 m turn radius in the 180 cm length, and that’s certainly not a disappointment to me. When I first got on the Backland 100 I was blown away by the performance it achieves at just 1400 g, and that theme basically carries forward to the Maverick.

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Bob and I have both spent a considerable amount of time on the Maverick 100 Ti, as well as a handful of other skis on our staff. I asked Bob to give us his thoughts, and I think that’s a great place to start for performance. “Back when the Vantage 100 CTi first came out, they touted it as a race ski on steroids, and a lot of skis in that build and shape tried to emulate that in one way or another. While fun and interesting, these skis were a handful, so it's nice to see that the Maverick 100 Ti takes a lot of those performance characteristics, but puts it in a lighter and more manageable format. I loved these in the bumps and trees, as the lighter swing weight certainly makes them more approachable, but make no mistake, you can really stand on them and carve a turn. For that skier who's looking for float and carve in the same ski, this is as good an option as there is, with the stiffness to weight ratio continuing to make Atomic stand apart in a pretty competitive field.”

This feels like the 2nd time in this review that we could just end it and it would accurately describe the ski, but let’s unpack that a little bit. Starting with groomers, the Maverick 100 Ti can rip. Those 2 sheets of metal and a 60% camber profile delivers a strong, powerful feel. What’s interesting about these skis is they don’t necessarily feel like they’re pulling you into a turn, which I think is largely due to the taper and that HRZN tech, but it’s also not a bad thing. If you recall our review of the M-Pro 99 from Dynastar, we called that a real “skier’s ski,” and I think you can say the same about the Maverick. It’s not forcing you to make a certain radius carve, and it’s not even forcing you to carve, which at first felt weird coming off a bunch of skis that just wanted to turn over the past few weeks, but in the 100Ti, this makes a lot of sense. If you want to carve turns, you need to give the ski that input, which I like. If you want to carve hard, aggressive turns with a lot of lateral acceleration, you need to drop your hip down, get low to the snow, and really drive the ski. When doing so, and at high speeds, it’s extremely smooth and stable. Doesn’t seem to have a speed limit, and it’s relatively stiff, which means you can keep pushing and pushing and pushing. I will say, specifically when carving, it feels like it comes alive more at higher speeds, but again, that’s fine, and valuable to have, as there are plenty of skis that basically feel the opposite.

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Of course, we’re not always just carving turns, and that’s not really what this ski is all about. It does it, and does it well, but when you pair that performance with its edge release and versatility, it really all starts to make a lot of sense. Edge release on this thing is really, really easy for a ski that feels this powerful. Bob and I took them into the moguls multiple times and I was continually impressed with how quick they feel. That’s going to help in the trees, when playing around on the sides of the trail, and just adds to that idea that it’s a real “skier’s ski” and something that will let you do whatever you want to do, not just what the ski wants to do, and then you having to adapt to that.

That edge release and versatility really shines in deeper snow as well. We were lucky on our testing days so far to get a good amount of soft snow. Nothing crazy deep, but deep enough to understand how these skis are going to react in powder. That’s really where I started to feel some influence from skis like the Bent Chetler. In fact, we skied these back-to-back with the Bent Chetler 100, and while that ski is still the superior soft snow ski, at least for most skiing styles, the Maverick has a lot of the same characteristics and can leave the Bent Chetler in the dust in other applications. It’s light enough that it’s not fatiguing to toss side to side, and has such a nice blend of feeling smeary, but also responsive.

I personally draw some similarities to the Nordica Enforcer 100 when thinking about its overall versatility. In my opinion, there aren’t too many skis that can achieve a powerful, stable feel, while still being versatile and playful in soft snow. They do feel different, however, as the Enforcer is more that type of ski that pulls you into a turn more, which some skiers will like, while others will prefer the longer turn radius and the fact that the Maverick wants you to make the decisions. I just get excited about this kind of stuff…. Both of these skis are great, and both of them essentially achieve the same thing, but they feel different doing so, which is just a valuable generality to have in the seemingly endless sea of ski options.

Overall, objectively, these skis are better than the Vantage skis they’re replacing. They might not be as crazy responsive as those skis, but I think far more skiers want something that feels like this in their all-mountain skis. They’re highly versatile, they’ll satisfy aggressive advanced and expert skiers, and they 100% feel like an Atomic thanks to the lightweight feel, the HRZN tech, and the similarities to existing skis like the Backland 100. We’ve already seen some high praise from other publications, and there’s already some buzz in the industry about them, so I think it’s fair to say Atomic has a solid new contender in the all-mountain category.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 02/04/21

3 thoughts on “2022 Atomic Maverick 100 Ti Ski Review

  1. Good review. I skied this last week at Norquay. I would have to agree with your analysis. Nice ski. Light and not very demanding. Gets the job done.

  2. Thanks for the knowledge, but now I'm confused. I skied the Vantage 82 in a 174cm and liked it enough to start shopping. I'd like to demo it in the shorter length to be more sure but can't find it. I've tried the Volkl Deacon 80 and 84 and drive a 170cm K2 Apache Recon. Will the Maverick models be any smaller lengths/width sizes than 172 you mentioned? I like the idea that the Maverick will be more nimble -- is there any more info on size and shape you can advise from a safe distance? Thanks

    1. HI David!
      Nothing narrower than the 88 in the Ti version. There's an 86 C that uses carbon rather than metal in the Maverick line, and the Maven line has an 86 as well as an 86 C. We foresee shorter lengths in all models, just haven't gotten them for early 2022 release, and likely not until summer/fall when our big order comes in. Have fun!
      SE

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