Atomic Maverick 86 C Skis · 2022
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The Atomic Maverick 86 C is perfect for frontside skiers who want to start exploring off trail. At 86mm underfoot, the Maverick strikes a nice blend of carving performance and all-mountain versatility. Added width in the tips help provide float in soft snow, and the profile design creates a strong hold on hard, icy conditions.
- Flow Profile – Blends the perfect amount of rocker and camber to ensure a solid edge hold on every turn.
- HRZN Tech Tip – 10% more surface area is added to the ski tips to create improved flotation in powder and better tracking through choppy snow.
- OMatic Core – The combination of poplar, fiberglass and carbon creates the perfect balance of performance and stability.
- Carbon Backbone – An ultra-lightweight carbon insert is added that runs the length of the ski and acts like a stabilizing backbone.
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Atomic combined a wood core, metal laminate, and carbon fiber to produce a ski with excellent energy out of the turn and a smooth, damp ride. Camber underfoot with rocker and early taper in the tips and tails give you easy turn initiation and a ski that won't hook in softer snow.
Normally 86mm underfoot would be on the narrow side for any skiing out west but this ski has what Atomic has dubbed HRZ tech. Providing more surface area in the tips andtails. Allowing them to remain more narrow. It shapes the underside of the tips and tails like the hill of a ship providing more float in fresh snow than normal for a ski of this width. While maintaining it’s integrity as a hard pack ski. Making it super versatile and one heck of a good time anywhere on the mountain and in all conditions m :)
Similar to the K2 Mindbender 85C and 90C, the Maverick uses carbon stringers/weave to save weight in place of heavier titanal laminates. This gives it a lively, rigid feel that eats up vibrations and provides great edge hold thanks to solid torsional rigidity, while providing weight savings you'll appreciate on the uphill. At 86mm wide, this ski will get an edge in on even the toughest of snow conditions, but a bit of tip rocker and a HRZN tip with added surface area gives you the flotation of a much wider ski in deeper snow.
These skis are designed to be super easy to engage the skis at the start of the turn. If you get a little fresh powder, they're going to have a nice bit of float, but otherwise the tip will grab nicely on hardpack. They've got a carbon backbone that keeps the ski lightweight but also makes them nice and responsive.
Atomic combined a wood core, metal laminate, and carbon fiber to produce a ski with excellent energy out of the turn and a smooth, damp ride. Camber underfoot with rocker and early taper in the tips and tails give you easy turn initiation and a ski that won't hook in softer snow. Great for big turns!
Compared to the other options on the list these are quite a bit softer. Instead of the stiffer metal in most skis these use carbon in the wood core which is nice for intermediate skiers but won't offer the same stability as a stiffer ski especially at higher speed or more advanced terrain.