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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

6 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

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