Expert Review: Atomic Maven 93 C
This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I tested in March 2020.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I tested in March 2020.
The Atomic Maven 93 Cs are hard-driving, yet versatile, all-mountain skis that are geared for intermediate to expert skiers, and give back the amount of energy you put into it.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Atomic Maven 93 C
- Size: 172cm
- Height: 5’5”
- Weight: 140 lbs
- Experience: 22 years
- When I tested these: March 2020
- Days tested: 1
- Mount position: standard/regular
- Boots: Lange
- Boot Size: 24.5
- Where I’ve used it: Keystone
- Terrain: Groomers, moguls, softer snow (close to powder, but not quite powder), light trees
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a ski that could carve effortlessly down groomers, yet playful in moguls. I also needed the ski to have some float in softer snow and pow. Really, I wanted a true all-mountain quiver that was responsive to my aggressive skiing style.
Why I chose this gear
I demoed this ski because it matched my ex-racer level of aggression while arcing turns, and, at 93mm underfoot, was also wide enough to take on a bit of the softer West Coast snow. The Maven 93 C is similar in aggression to my older 100 mm Volkl Aura skis (replaced by the Volkl Secret Skis) but is a little lighter and easier on the legs. Its lightweight is appreciated during those last laps at the end of the day (and who are we kidding, it’s appreciated at the start of the day, too)!
What I love about it
- Speed: The Maven 93 Cs are designed with OMatic Construction, which means they have a mix of poplar wood, fiberglass, and carbon insets. This keeps the skis stable at speed, but still lighter underfoot than a true carving ski with more metal in its construction.
- Edge hold: These skis RIP! Given their 93mm waist width, they layover with just a bit of effort, and I trust them to hold the whole way through the turn.
- Turns: The Maven 93 C skis are made for turning! They can handle short, medium, and long radius turns easily and tends to propel me into the next turn nearly automatically. This is a ski that likes to be driven, so a skier that tends to be more forward on their skis will have a blast ripping down fresh corduroy, choppier packed powder, and everything in between.
- Groomers: They are fast, stable, and reliable while carving on both cushy, softer groomers and hard-packed, East Coast groomers alike!
- Moguls: Moguls feel easy, fun, and rhythmic underneath the Mavens. Although they are classified as a “medium” turn length ski, I would say they can be pushed into a shorter length turn with some effort, which helps them perform in a mogul field. While the Mavens aren’t my very top choice for a mogul ski, I don’t feel bucked or thrown around in bumps on the Mavens. I love the fact that I feel in control while weaving through a mogul field.
- Weight: With the Maven’s OMatic Construction, the skis are able to perform like a ski with multiple layers of metal in its core, but still feel lightweight underfoot. This is great when initiating turns and occasionally leaving the ground! They aren’t super light, but I’ve skied heavier for sure!
- Stability: Ice, chunder, choppiness? Doesn’t bother the Mavens! These guys plow through, no problem. As a ski on the more stable side, the Mavens feel damp and reliable. This is thanks to their carbon backbone, which keeps them stable, yet still on the lighter side when compared to some other fully metal skis.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Speed: At speed on the most hard-packed, icy of groomers, I wouldn’t say these skis are the most damp. I did feel a tiny bit of chatter in the icier, shady sections of the trail. Was it enough to feel uncomfy? No, but it was just enough to notice.
Favorite moment with this gear
My most fun turns on the Maven 93 Cs were fast-paced, shorter radius turns, on pretty much every single type of snow. Standing firm on the ski and putting pressure on the tips to carve turns made me feel like an actual superhero! I found myself looking for steeper, faster runs to take these skis on so I could push them to their fullest and fastest potential.
Value for the money vs. other options
When it comes to cost and value, what I can comment on is the overall quality of Atomic skis, and the Mavens specifically. These skis are built well and with integrity, so they will hold up for the long run. In my opinion, that makes them worth the splurge.
If you are someone who is a more aggressive skier that loves to link turns and get pop out of your ski, holy cow, the Atomic Maven 93 Cs are it! They’re fun and fast so ski them all around the mountain! But on deeper pow days, maybe switch them out for a wider option.