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Atomic Used Skiers Like You To Create Its New All-Mountain Ski Line

The Austrian brand relied heavily on feedback from North American skiers to design the new Maverick and Maven skis.

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For the past few ski seasons, Atomic has seen wild success with the easy-to-ski yet very capable Bent Chetler line. The brand built on this foundation by integrating some of the same tech and performance features into the backcountry-oriented Backland Series in 2020 (including the SKI Magazine Editors’ Choice Atomic Backland 118).

For next season, the brand is folding this proven ski design technology and performance into a new line of skis made for—and, in part, developed by—the North American all-mountain resort skier with the new Maverick and Maven skis.

The Atomic Maverick line and the women’s-specific Maven series will replace the Vantage line for the 2021-’22 ski season. This entirely new ski line was developed utilizing the knowledge and experience of over sixty testers throughout the United States and Canada. More than 145 different prototypes were skied and scrutinized during the development process.

With key testing sites in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains of the USA and Canada, New England, Ontario, and Quebec, Atomic really wanted to make true all-mountain skis that can handle all types of snow and terrain that North American skiers face.

All this testing resulted in new products that are surprisingly simple. There are three Maverick Ti skis—88, 95, 100mm-waisted options—that are built with Atomic’s OMatic core consisting of milled poplar wood sandwiched between layers of fiberglass and metal.

The carbon versions, which include the Maven 86C and 93C as well as the Maverick 86C, use OMatic construction with carbon inserts and no metal. These are lighter weight options that are nevertheless designed to remain stable and playful at higher speeds.

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skier carving a groomer
All of the new Mavericks and Mavens can carve. Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic

What stands out when looking at these skis, especially when they are on the snow, is the rocker design, which Atomic is calling the Flow Profile. There is pronounced rocker in the tip and tail with camber underfoot, and the shovel’s rise makes it look like these skis will float through manky Pacific Northwest chunder with ease. Add in the surfboard-inspired HRZN tips, which have become a signature feature for Atomic in the Bentchetler and Backland lines, and it becomes even more apparent that these skis are made for handling soft and variable snow.

The wider versions of the Maverick, in particular the Maverick 100 Ti, do not have a very long effective edge due to the pronounced rocker in the tip and tail. Yet the Maverick 100 Ti still proved it can rip on groomers and two-day-old choppy snow when we tested it at Eldora Mountain Resort.

The narrower skis in the lineup have more effective edge, meaning better grip on hard conditions common in the Northeast. SKI is looking forward to testing the Maverick and Maven line more extensively and will release a full review this autumn. Get more details about the new skis on Atomic’s website.

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Atomic Maverick and Maven Details

Maverick 100 Ti

Atomic Maverick 100 Ti
Atomic Maverick 100 Ti Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths (cm): 172, 180, 188
  • Dimensions (mm): 129.5-100-120
  • Turn Radius (m): 19.2 (180)
  • Weight (g): 1,800 (180)

Maverick 95 Ti

Atomic Maverick 95 Ti
Atomic Maverick 95 Ti Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths (cm): 164, 172, 180, 188
  • Dimensions (mm): 129-94.5-113
  • Turn Radius (m): 19.3 (180)
  • Weight (g): 1,800 (180)

Maverick 88 Ti

Atomic Maverick 88 TI
Atomic Maverick 88 Ti Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths (cm): 161, 169, 176, 184
  • Dimensions (mm): 126-88.5-106.5
  • Turn Radius (m): 19.5 (184)
  • Weight (g): 1,800 (184)

Maverick 86C

Atomic Maverick 86C
Atomic Maverick 86C Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths (cm): 153, 161, 169, 176, 184
  • Dimensions (mm): 126-88.5-109.5
  • Turn Radius (m): 19.5 (184)
  • Weight (g): 1,700 (184)

Maven 93C

Atomic Maven 93C
Atomic Maven 93C Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths: 156, 164, 172
  • Dimensions: 127.5-94-111.5
  • Turn Radius: 17.9 (172)
  • Weight: 1,630 (172)

Maven 86C

Atomic Maven 86C
Atomic Maven 86C Photo: Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • Lengths (cm): 147, 153, 161, 169
  • Dimensions (mm): 123-87.5-106.5
  • Turn Radius (m): 16.9 (169)
  • Weight (g): 1,450 (169)