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Expert Review: Atomic Maverick 100 TI Skis · 2022

Published on 08/11/2022 · 9 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
By Ski Expert Mariah Wear

So excited to have my new skis out on the snow! All photos courtesy of Mariah Wear

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.

My take

The Atomic Maverick 100 TI skis are for an advanced skier with an energetic style who wants something agile and stable no matter the snow condition or terrain.

About to take the bindings off my old skis and swap to new

About the skis I own

  • Model: 2022 Atomic Maverick 100 TI
  • Size: 180cm

About me

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Experience: 32 years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: October 2022
  • Days tested: 15 days
  • Mount position: Factory recommended
  • Boots: Scarpa TX Pro Women’s
  • Boot Size: 25.0
  • Bindings: Rottefella NTN Freeride
  • Where I’ve used them: Montana Snowbowl, Big Sky Resort

How they perform

High Speed Stability
Turn Ease

What I was looking for

I chose the Atomic Maverick 100 TI because I was looking for a versatile, daily driver ski that can handle variable terrain and the huge range of snow conditions my local mountain can experience on any given day. It can be ice on top, powder in the middle, and slush at the bottom. I love to carve on the groomers, drive down the steeps, find powder and bumps, and occasionally get some air.

Why I chose this gear

The Atomic Maverick 100 TI was a new model for 2022 and was already getting rave reviews. I knew I wanted something that wouldn’t balk and chatter on ice, but that would give me some float and versatility off piste in the softer snow as well. This ski checked all the boxes: camber underfoot, about an 18m turn radius, 100mm waist, and a fairly light but stiff construction.

My previous ski setup was the Line Supernatural 92 from 2014 for my narrow, all-mountain daily driver and the Rossignol Soul 7HD 2020 for my powder skis. They are both fantastic but limited in their versatility. I wanted something in between that captured the groomer prowess of the Line while giving me some of the float and maneuverability of the Rossignol.

Taking my skis out midweek for some packed powder

What I love about them

  • Speed: These skis rip. They hold a smooth edge and rail a carved turn. I have used them for our beer-league GS race series for night skiing on ice as well as all over the mountain in basically every snow condition. They feel stable and don’t chatter. These skis are “titanium powered”, which actually means they have .4mm of titanal in two laminates above and below the core to really reduce chatter and up performance.
  • Edge hold: With a medium 19.2m turn radius in the 180cm, these skis really grip when I lay them over. It doesn’t matter that they’re wider underfoot, they carve like a narrower ski and don’t skip out mid turn.
  • Turns: With their rocker-camber-rocker profile, these skis are versatile and ready for anything. The camber underfoot allows me to really drive into my edges on the groomers. The rocker tip and tail makes the skis quick, floaty, and maneuverable in the trees and bumps. They turn great and make any mogul field look like a choose-your-own-adventure course.
  • Groomers: The Maverick 100 TI is smooth and responsive on the groomers. Fantastic edge hold means these skis are ready for anything from soft corduroy to sketchy ice patches. They are 100mm underfoot, so it takes good technique and knee angle to get the ski all the way up on edge to really carve on the groomers. But once I’m there, they fly!
  • Trees: I love tree skiing; I am always on the hunt for the untracked line! The Maverick’s are so agile and responsive that they allow me to change my mind and quickly adjust if I come around a tree and suddenly see powder off to the side. These skis are very energetic: when I drive into the camber, they’ll pop and power me into my next turn so I can make the most of every run. The 100mm waist with 129.5mm tip means I don’t get bogged down in the deeper snow. The shape keeps my tips up while I’m following the fall line through the trees.
  • Park: The Atomic Maverick 100 TI is a freestyle ski, but it’s not designed for the park. It is playful and fun—but highly directional with a flat tail. It’s great for finding side hits and cliffs along a run, but the ski is wide, light, and directional, and I haven’t taken it into any terrain parks.
  • Durability: I put a whole season of skiing on these and have nothing but the slightest top sheet scrapes from knocking the snow off my skis on the chairlift (awful habit that dings the graphics but I can’t help it). The edges stayed sharp from the factory tune. The bases, with their “world cup base finish” (factory tune), show no sign that I put 15+ days of skiing in a weird, low-snow year on them. These skis are well made with quality materials and I expect to get many more years of hard use out of them.
  • Weight: I took these skis to get mounted and the ski tech asked if I was sure I wanted to put my heavy resort binding on them because “these skis are lighter than your current touring setup, sure you don’t want to swap?”. At 1800 grams per ski they are on the very light end of the spectrum with a titanal laminate in the core. Atomic achieves this with a light wood core and the innovative double titanal laminate using very thin sheets of metal. This is a ski where I can really see the innovation and technical advancements of ski construction at work. I have always associated a light ski with something chattery and hard to manage, but these have changed my perception!
  • Stability: The Maverick 100 TI is extremely stable. I don’t feel chattery or squirrely either riding flat or up on edge. They handle any speed I ask of them. The rocker-camber-rocker profile is extremely versatile and means they’re stable in most any snow condition. They have the HRZN tech tip which reduces deflection and gives better tracking in the chop.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Powder: The Atomic Maverick 100 TI is not a powder-biased or specific ski. It has great float for a daily driver, all-mountain ski and helps keep me above the awful breakable crusts. But it is a stiff ski with minimal tip rocker, so it’s always going to cut deeper in the powder profile than a more dedicated powder ski.
  • Moguls: With a 19.2m turn radius in the 180cm length, the Atomic Maverick isn’t designed specifically for the tight, turn-around-every-mogul style of bumps skiing. I love turning off the top of a bump driving through the valley and sometimes doubling bumps as I go down the hill. The Maverick is perfect for my style of bump skiing, but overall it’s a bit stiff, wide, and has a larger radius than a skier might want for a dedicated mogul ski.
  • Backcountry: This ski is by no means an ultralight, backcountry touring specific ski. On the other hand, it’s extremely light for the category of all-mountain skis. For the young, strong skier who just cares more about the descent than the work of the ascent, it would be a fantastic ski in the backcountry. It has just a bit more “umph” and ski performance than the lighter Atomic Backland model that most people use for touring. The Atomic Maverick 100 TI would make an incredible hybrid model for up to 50/50 use in the backcountry and resort.
  • Switch riding: The Atomic Maverick 100 TI has a flat tail and is not designed for switch skiing.
  • Any workarounds? There aren’t any workarounds for these “issues”. The ski performs exactly as it’s designed to and just takes a strong and confident rider to really bring out the full potential in technical moguls or powder conditions.

Admiring my new skis

Favorite moment with this gear

I had a truly exceptional day last season where everything just clicked and I felt like I was floating and couldn’t make a wrong turn. I was skiing at Montana Snowbowl and we had about eight inches of new on top of fairly cold-packed, soft snow. I generally get to ski weekdays when my husband (a ski patroller) is off to watch our kids, so I had the mountain basically to myself. I found my favorite steep fall line, a gladed tree run, and just lapped it all day—the only tracks were mine and the skis did amazing. They floated over the choppy crud underneath the soft snow and whenever I got going fast enough to stay on top they were surfy and fun. I know I wouldn’t have had such a good day on my old setup, and it made me really excited. It was one of those magical days where skiing feels effortless. Can’t wait for more.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Atomic Maverick 100 TI is a great value for the money. For most people, this ski means only one setup is needed, which is a steep savings right off the bat. I love this ski and would happily use it for my one and only ski in the resort and in the backcountry. The price is on the higher end of average for an all mountain ski, but the quality is fantastic. The “one-ski quiver” of an all-mountain ski around 100mm underfoot is a really popular category for skiers out West and most brands have a competitor in the category. I feel like the Maverick holds its own against the competition and is either lighter, stiffer, or cheaper. Great bang for the buck. This ski will take a skier anywhere they want to go, no matter the snow condition.

Final verdict

My final verdict on the Atomic Maverick 100 TI is they’re an advanced ski for a charging skier. They’re ready for me to push them and don’t love to go slow. The Maverick rips on edge, surfs on the chop, and keeps me up in the powder. It’s an incredible one ski quiver with a slight front side bias which just means it’s a stronger carving ski than a powder ski. Jack of all trades with no speed limit.

Mariah Wear, Ski Expert
Mariah Wear
Ski Expert
I've had skiing in my blood for 32 years - as a ski instructor, a backcountry explorer, a tele racer, and as mother to young rippers. No matter your ability, I want your skiing to bring you a smile!.I've helped thousands of people find the right gear - I'd love to help you too!
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Mariah Wear, Ski Expert
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Ski Expert
I've had skiing in my blood for 32 years - as a ski instructor, a backcountry explorer, a tele racer, and as mother to young rippers. No matter your ability, I want your skiing to bring you a smile!.I've helped thousands of people find the right gear - I'd love to help you too!
461 Reviews
9302 Customers helped

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