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2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Ski Review

For 2021, Atomic developed and released the Maverick series of skis, replacing the Vantage lineup to handle true all-mountain skiing. The Maverick 95 Ti sits in the middle of the Ti triumvirate, splitting the difference between the 88 and 100 Ti. As such, it’s billed and hyped as the most versatile of the Mavericks, and so far, we’d have to agree. It’s a high-performance ski with quite a bit going on, making it an advanced to expert-level ski that has a few aspects that really make it stand out in a very competitive mid-90's all-mountain ski field. These Maverick skis are quite a departure from the Vantages, and at the risk of sounding ungrateful, we’re pretty glad to see the transition to this new build. Atomic did, however, carry forward the philosophy of the Vantage in terms of being light, energetic, and responsive, but these new Mavericks do it with a far more coherent character.

Starting with construction, we get a poplar wood core functioning as the foundation, providing a fantastic blend of energy and light weight. On top and bottom of that wood core, Atomic uses two full sheets of titanal, but these laminates are thin, so they don’t feel like they’re weighing you down or fighting against you, rather they’re dulling the vibrations and giving you a ton of grip on firmer snow. Lightweight fiberglass laminates both top and bottom add even more snap and pop to the mix, completing a fairly traditional sandwich-style construction. This is their OMatic construction, and as we found out last year, testing the Maverick 100 Ti rather extensively, it’s a very nice upgrade over Vantage’s Prolite build. In the 180 cm length, that OMatic construction results in a weight of just about 1800 grams per ski. For something like this that’s south of the 2000-gram marker, it’s pretty darn impressive how it handles firm snow and high speeds, something we’ll get to in just a minute. The most impressive aspect of this construction is that they’re able to make it incredibly stiff, in a good way. When compared to other light/stiff skis like the Head Kore 93, the Atomic stands out as stabler and stouter.

AT A GLANCE


2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

WEIGHT

164, 172, 180, 188 cm

19.3 m @ 180 cm

129 / 95 / 113 mm

1780 g at 180 cm


As a 95 mm underfoot all-mountain ski, we’re normally asking it to do a lot, so the Maverick 95 must have appropriate and relevant shaping and profiling come in to play. Like most successful skis that have to do a lot of things well, the Maverick 95 has a fairly straight-forward look to it. Certainly more directional, there’s not a ton of rocker or taper, allowing the ski to have a powerful and predictable feel on the groomers while remaining versatile enough to handle softer snow and more adverse conditions and terrain. One of the more interesting aspects of the marriage of construction and shape is the fact that the skis taper from a sidewall/cap underfoot to a full-cap in the very tips and tails. The capped ends align perfectly with the rocker profile, and this is no accident. This allows Atomic to keep the swing weight low and quick—able to make any turn at any time, while leaving the underfoot zone strong and stout. This, once again, pairs well with the stiff flex of the ski, making it an unbelievably grippy and energetic ski on the hardpack.

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Speaking of hardpack, that’s really where these skis shine. From a performance perspective, this Maverick 95 is lined up against some heavy-hitters like the M6 Mantra, Enforcer 94, Bonafide 97, Stance 96, Stormrider 95, Ranger 99 Ti, Kastle FX 96 Ti, and even the Elan Ripstick 96 Black. It’s got to step up to the plate, and we’re happy to say that it does. A bit gentler in the tip, partially due to the HRZN Tech (helps with soft snow, but kind of irrelevant on the firm), the initiation phase is not terribly demanding, but that’s about where the kindness ends. From where that sidewall starts in the shovel, all the way through the tail, it’s very apparent that you are on a high-performance ski capable of laying down some pretty mean carves. Other than the slightly straighter front, the rest of the ski carries the shorter side of the 19.3-meter turn shape in the 180. It’s incredibly grippy underfoot, and the tail, with only 10% rocker, feels a bit longer and more engaged than some of the other skis in its zone. If you’re looking for a bit more of a freeride feel, I don’t think it’s out of the question to knock back the mount point one centimeter just to alleviate the length in the tail. At the end of the day, on the groomers and in a carved turn, these Maverick 95 Ti’s absolutely light it up—fast and precise without feeling bulky or dull. There is a slight flip-side to that equation, however, as you do not get the super top-end stability at speed as some of the 2000+ gram skis provide, but it’s pretty darn close, and if you’re the type of skier that rarely reaches those speeds and forces, then there isn’t much need for you to be on the other ski anyway.

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In mixed conditions, the Maverick has a pretty nice advantage with the light weight and the HRZN tech in the tips. For a 95 mm underfoot ski, having that bit of extra surface area up top makes a nice difference. By shaping the tips like a boat hull, Atomic adds square centimeters without making the tip wider and hooky. It has worked on the Bent Chetler skis over the years, and it’s nice to see it now in the Maverick. In addition to the tip, the overall light weight of the ski helps keep it afloat, adding to the all-mountain and adverse-conditions prowess of the ski. In pure powder, this is a benefit, but it kind of becomes a limitation once the snow gets chopped up, as the lack of heft doesn’t quite line up with higher-speed crud blasting, but if that’s one of the few liabilities, then that’s still an overall win. It’s just not the most playful ski out there—the Enforcer and Ripstick are a bit driftier and smearier, while the Maverick is happier taking a more assertive line. The light weight and quick-turning nature of the ski marry well with bumps and trees and other technical zones—steep chutes and narrow spaces are ideal for this type of grip and mass. The tails are on the more abusive side for more zipper-line styles of mogul skiing, but the maneuverability and quickness of the Maverick put it at the top of the class when it comes to making a turn when required.

As far as skier type and audience is concerned, we feel that the Maverick 95 Ti is a fantastic choice for advanced and expert skiers who are looking for a high-performance all-mountain ski that falls on the lighter end of the weight spectrum. This is the one you want if you’re looking for one pair. The Mavericks 88 and 100 can certainly serve as single-ski quivers, or as a good front-side/freeride combo, but if you’re more minimalistic of a skier, and are in the market for one ski that does it all, the 95 is the way to go. If you’re looking for the utmost in stability and power, there are more appropriate skis, but if you want that top-shelf feel in a lighter package, I can’t think of too many better options. The energy, responsiveness, and grip are all at the peak and pinnacle of the class, allowing strong skiers the ability to rip and roll down the hill without expending as much energy or effort. There’s not much else out there that has the same combination of attributes, putting the Atomic Maverick 95 Ti in a unique zone in the highly competitive mid-90's all-mountain skis. It’s tough to stand out, but Atomic effectively blends the build and shape of the ski to create something that just feels good and different.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 12/08/21

30 thoughts on “2022 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Ski Review

  1. How would you compare this to the Black Crows Serpo? Both are new sub-2000 gram all-mountain skis and seem to be good candidates for a mostly on piste/some off piste ski.

    1. HI Nick!
      It's a good comparison for sure. I would say the Serpo is a bit more user-friendly and versatile, but it's pretty close. The underfoot zones of the skis are pretty similar, but the tails of the Maverick are stiffer and harder to use. I thought the Serpo had more of an all-mountain/freeride feel to it while the Maverick has a bit more of a frontside lean. If you're mostly on-piste, I think the Maverick offers more upside. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Great review. I’m thinking about these as a replacement for my 2016 Kendos which are a pretty well used now. Are these a good option as a replacement? I’m 6’1 and 230Ibs. Would guess I’m an Advanced intermediate and like to Ski all over the mountain, so looking for that one ski quiver unicorn! Looking for a bit more width than current setup with better float but still strong on groomers. Thought about BC100 too, but thought I might be a bit heavy for it?

    1. Hi Steko!
      Along with the Mav, which is a great choice, I'd also look to the Mantra M6, especially if you liked the Kendo. Between those, the Atomic is lighter and a bit snappier while the Mantra is smoother and more stable. Both are decent in the soft snow, but really prefer using their power to generate strong carved turns. Head Kore 99 is another good choice--a combination of light and stiff with some good float as well. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Hi Zach!
      I think I'd rather have the Kore in trees, bumps, and powder while the Maverick would be my choice for an on-trail carving ski. While the entirety of the Kore is pretty stiff, it at least has more of a rounded rocker profile and taper shape, while the Maverick leans to the more on-trail side of things, and that's okay, it just depends on what you are looking to do with the ski. For me and what I do, the Kore is a better all-around ski, but the Maverick is more stable and carves better. Hope that helps!
      SE

  3. What bindings do you recommend to have with these skis, atomic recommends the warden mnc 13s I think? Are those good bindings?

    1. Hi Peter!
      We pair them with Tyrolia Attack 13/14, but that Warden is fine as well. Marker Griffon or Atomic Strive also work great.
      SE

  4. Hi! I'm an advanced skier based in Western Canada. 170cm 68kg. I already have a 163cm Head V10. Works pretty well for training and instructor sessions but I feel it not quite relaxing when doing some recreational touring on ungroomed terrains. I'd like to buy another one that brings me to the backside easily, but not sacrifice groomer performance too much. Basically, I just ski in resorts, groomer vs ungroomed/moguls 50:50. Light powder would be frequent but deeper than a foot is very very rare. Won't challenge any wild areas. I have 3 shortlisted: Kore 93, Maverick 95ti, Enforcer 94. Could you compare these options and provide some suggestions? Also, do you think 172cm is too long for me? Thank you!

    1. Hi Cheng Li!
      I think the Kore makes a lot of sense in that it is light, yet uses carbon effectively to attain high performance and precise edge grip. The Enforcer and Maverick use two sheets of metal, and while the Maverick is lighter than the Enforcer, it still is very energetic and fun. Enforcer is the heavy/burly ski of the group, making it the most stable and damp, but at the cost of weight and effort. If you're cruising and carving, looking for something easy-going yet with a high end, I'd narrow focus to the Kore in the 170. Have fun!
      SE

  5. I have been skiing the past 5 years on a pair of 2017 Atomic Vantage 90cti. I like them very much, but they have been used hard are getting ready for replacement next year. I think this Atomic Maverick 95ti looks like a good candidate. I am an advanced skier, 56 years old--5' 10" and 185 pounds. I ski mostly out West, and all over the mountain. My question is this: On my current Vantage 90cti, I ski a 176cm and that size feels very good. The new maverick 95ti comes in either a 172 or a 180 length. I would either have to go 4cm shorter, or 4cm longer than my current. Which length would you recommend for me in the Maverick 95, the 172 or the 180?

    Thanks very much for your help.

    1. Hi John!
      I think you'll really like the updated Maverick 95 over the Vantage. For your stats and application, I'd go with the 180. It's still pretty light, so I don't think you'll be overmatched by the added 4 cm. Have fun!
      SE

  6. I am a lifetime skier but have been renting the last ten years. Now “The Big Year” as I am retiring and getting back to my real life as a skier. The basics are age 62, weight 210, advanced skier, old school front side, 60% blue/ black groomers, 20% blue bumps (not big and deep), 20% off piste (but not tight trees), and Colo/Ut/Wyo areas. I seem to like the 184 to 188 lengths for turn stability and bump maneuverability. Here is a list of what I have tried and liked and my first impression: Fisher Ranger 99TI 188cm light, quick, chatter on hard snow, Head Kore 93 184cm, easy to ski in all conditions, seem a little short and lost some stability, Dynastar M Pro 99 188cm smooth in all conditions just a little heavy to me, Solomon Stance 96 188cm powerful ski on groomers and difficult in bumps. Skis I didn’t like Dynastar M pro 90 178cm, Rossignol Escaper 178cm, and Dynastar Pro 99 Free 188cm all just to loose. I have a chance to buy an "in stock" Atomic 95TI 188cm. What ski do you think the Atomic seems most like from my list, and is there any other skis I should consider. FYI I like testing!

    Thanks
    A

    1. HI Andrew!
      Testing is fun! I'd say the Kore is the most similar to the Maverick 95 in terms of blending the light weight and stiff flex. I wonder if you'd like the Stance 96 in the 182 more than the 188? Worth a thought, especially if you liked the rest of the ski's character. Armada Declivity 102 (or 92 for narrower) is worth a look, as is the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition. You're in a good zone for skis in this upper-90's area, so whatever you end up with will likely be awesome. Have fun!
      SE

  7. Hi... I am 72 years old and 6'4 and usually around 290 lbs. I have been on Kore 105 at 191 cm the past 3 years. Had a crash this year and broke my collarbone. It is time to slow down finally and I am in the market for a performance ski that will give me shorter turns at a slower speed. I am looking at this ski in 188cm length. Any thoughts? I ski at Sun Peaks where groomers are in abundance every day. I have 2 total knee replacements so no moguls or trees.

    1. HI Geoff!
      I think that's a great choice. The nice thing about the Maverick is that they are light, even though they have two sheets of metal. If you're mainly on groomed trails and are looking for maneuverability, you're in luck! At your size, I'd say 188 is great!
      SE

  8. Great review. What do you recommend the 95Ti or 100Ti? Is there a huge difference? I am an all terrain skiier but do like mostly groomed. But can ski blacks..

    Thoughts?

    1. Hi Sam!
      Preference is most important. Some skiers like wider all-mountain skis and others like slightly narrower ones. I think the 95 is likely a better choice for you if you're on mostly groomed terrain. Have fun!
      SE

  9. Hi,
    I was wondering if the 95Ti could be used as a resort touring ski or if it would be too heavy? I'm 5'8'' and 130 lbs and looking for the 164 or 172, not quite sure yet.

    1. HI Simon!
      For a ski with two sheets of metal, it's a fantastic resort-touring option, weighing well within range for that application. If you're an aggressive skier, I think the 172 is just fine. Have fun!
      SE

  10. Hi, I have skied on Vantage 90s the last 5 seasons and really liked them. Eastern skier, 5'-11", 175 lbs and also go go out west and in ungroomed whenever possible. But out here in Quebec, a lot hard pack or ice whether we want it or not. I am hesitatting between Maverick 88s and 95s. I may put bindings to go uphiil now and then. What's your suggestions ? Merci , Ben

    1. Hi Ben!
      You'll find more similarities between the 90 and the 88, but if you're looking to add some versatility to the equation, I'd go with the 95. They're pretty light, so that keeps the uphill skiing on the table for sure. Not a whole lot lost when it comes to firm snow performance, either, as the 95 is quite grippy and stiff. I'd lean to the 95, and likely in the 180. Have fun!
      SE

  11. Hi, I’m on a set of Atomic Access 181 and still love their approachable feel and go-anywhere do-anything capabilities. But the Access can get beat up on hard chattery snow. Thinking about the Mav95Ti to add something more suitable for East Coast stuff but with the do anything go anywhere feel but still be “fun”. Expert, 53yr, 6’ 180lbs.

    1. The nicest thing about the Maverick is the amount of stability and power you get from it despite the lighter weight. If you're looking for great grip, strong rebound, and a maneuverable feel, the Maverick 95 is about as good as it gets. I'd get that in a 180. Have fun!
      SE

  12. Hey, a bit late to this group but I have a quick question. I am looking for a set of touring skis and first choice is the atomic backland 100/95. I ski in Scotland a lot and the 95 might be best for some of the ice and crust we get up there. However, I’m wondering if the maverick 95 ti might be good enough all rounder to put some tech touring bindings on? What are your thought? Thanks

    1. You're all good!
      We've often talked about the light weight of the Maverick 95 Ti and how it would make a great hybrid touring ski for sure. I'm all about tech bindings on that ski, and we've seen quite a few skiers do that around here, as the Vermont trails can be quite firm as well. The Backlands are great, but certainly operate better with softer surfaces. Have fun!
      SE

  13. I am coming from very old skis so the new models and would like your input. I am 5'8" and 215lbs and consider myself to be more advanced. After reading your article, I feel that it is between the Maverick 95 Ti and Maverick 100 Ti. Love groomed high speed blues (70%) with an occasional mix of off trail between trees (30%).

    Currently on the 2008 Atomic Nomad Whiteout in 164cm and still loving them.. but the last two seasons been wishing I had not chickened out and bought instead the bigger brother Blackeye... now that I feel I'm more aggressive and may be pushing the limits of the Whiteouts.

    1. There's a lot of great stuff out there, and those Mavericks are two great choices. I wonder if you will find the 100 on the wide side, especially coming from something narrower. 100 is awesome, but if you're mainly on groomed blues, the 95 is a better fit. I'd go that route in the 172. Have fun!
      SE

  14. In the review, it was indicated that "you do not get the super top-end stability at speed as some of the 2000+ gram skis provide, but it’s pretty darn close." Can you quantify "speed" - is it 30 mph, 40 mph or some other top end speed where the stability of the Maverick tends to diminish? Thanks.

    1. The speed limit on the ski is likely closer to 40 than 30. Versus a more beefy ski like Mantra M6, the Maverick does feel slightly more jittery at 40. Have fun!
      SE

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