Atomic Maven 93 C Review
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Atomic Maven 93 C
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|Pros||Can turn tighter than the radius suggests, responsive, reliable in upper-intermediate conditions||Crud blaster, dependable, great one-ski quiver option, good for every ability level||Carving machine, powerful yet accessible||Awesome powder tool, fabulous fun factor even for light skiers, affordable price||Great stability at high speeds, good on hard snow and crud, more affordable than others|
|Cons||Not an expert's ski, uncomfortable at high speeds||No wow-factor, not a lot of rebound||Sinks a little in powder, too beefy for bumps||Gets bouncy in crud, slight tip flap, doesn’t carve perfectly||Only for shallower pow days, needs strong skier to guide them|
|Bottom Line||A great ski for intermediates seeking to widen their options, though not intended for hard-chargers||A great all-rounder ski that we think is the most versatile option for a one-ski quiver||Accurate and easy to carve, this ski is a dream on the groomers||A fun and responsive toy for powder days, groomer antics, and bumps, with a value-oriented price tag||This model will do great in everything but the deepest powder and is ideal for an aggressive skier|
|Rating Categories||Atomic Maven 93 C||Nordica Santa Ana 98||Kastle FX96 W - Wom...||Elan Ripstick 94 W||Faction Dictator 2.0X|
|Stability at Speed (20%)|
|Carving Ability (20%)|
|Powder Performance (20%)|
|Crud Performance (20%)|
|Terrain Playfulness (15%)|
|Specs||Atomic Maven 93 C||Nordica Santa Ana 98||Kastle FX96 W - Wom...||Elan Ripstick 94 W||Faction Dictator 2.0X|
|Waist Width||94 mm||98 mm||96 mm||94 mm||96 mm|
|Sidecut (Tip-Waist-Tail width)||127.5-94-111.5 mm||132-98-120 mm||133-96-119 mm||136-94-110 mm||127-96-117 mm|
|Available Lengths||156, 164, 172 cm||151, 158, 165, 172, 179 cm||156, 164, 172 cm||154, 162, 170, 178 cm||155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187 cm|
|Length Tested||172 cm||172 cm||172 cm||178 cm||171 cm|
|Turn Radius||17.9 m||16.3 m||16 m||18 m||18 m|
|Camber Profile||Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot||Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot||Progressive rise, dual rise, low camber||Rocker tip and tail, cambered inside edge, Amphibio tech||Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot|
|Weight Per Pair||7.2 lbs||8.1 lbs||8.0 lbs||7.4 lbs||7.9 lbs|
|Construction Type||Duracap sidewall||Energy Ti W||Powerzone, sandwich-sidewall construction||SST sidewall||Sandwich|
|Core Material||Poplar||Performance Wood & Metal||Paulownia, beech, poplar||Tubelite wood||Paulownia & Poplar|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Despite the name’s definition, the Maven 93 C is not an ideal ski for expert or advanced skiers. It is, however, an excellent choice for upper-intermediate women who want something manageable at medium speeds that will also provide decent performance when exploring off-piste snow.
Stability at Speed
The Maven 93 C provides completely adequate stability at medium speeds for the upper-intermediate skier. It is predictable, reliable, and makes a comfortable and fun short or medium radius turn. Our issues with the ski arose when we tried to bring it into a larger radius, higher speed turn. There, it seemed to hold an edge rather than chattering, but it seemed to almost bounce through it. It was almost as if the Maven 93 C wasn’t interested in making a bigger, faster turn and kept trying to release us out of it and into something shorter and less frightening for it. The tips also got pretty flappy at our highest speeds.
We found the turn radius of this ski to be significantly shorter than its advertised 17.9 meters, possibly because it is very easy to bend, allowing us to arc a tighter turn with ease. With this in mind, we’d recommend this ski to ladies to are learning to carve and lay two clean tracks down in the snow behind them. The Maven 93 C is still fun to carve in a short-to-medium radius turn for those who've already mastered this skill. It can hold the edge in this type of turn through softer snow but doesn’t grip as well on hard-pack or steeps. We again found the tips flapping in higher speed carved turns, but the edge underfoot held decently.
In “entry-level” powder conditions, when the fresh snow was lightweight and fluffy, the Maven 93 C stayed on top and was easy to turn. It was less adept when the snow got a bit denser, but this could be expected from a ski with only 93 millimeters of width underfoot. If you’re just starting to venture out into the world of fresh powder and doing it on mellower pitches, this ski is a great device. For those already charging the steeps in knee-deep freshies, the Maven 93 C isn’t enough ski.
While the Maven 93 C doesn’t have the construction to blast through choppy snow, it does have enough dampening qualities that as we surfed across the top, it still gave us a smooth ride. One tester commented that because it is such a light ski, she could just get it into the air to avoid the worst chunky sections (though this is an unlikely strategy for an intermediate skier). We still noticed the tips flopping around in the crud, but this ski held its own if we were on shallower pitches and less pervasive chop.
The Maven 93 C's keenness to make a quick, tight turn surprised us given its nearly 18-meter turn radius and offered us some insight into its more playful nature. This ski has a decent amount of fun rebound, which remains accessible to lighter and mellower skiers since it is relatively easy to bend. It also felt light under our feet, easy to spring into the air, and stable enough for solid landings at medium speeds.
We were nervous that the large labeled turn radius would make it cumbersome in a mogul field, but once again, the Maven 93 C snugged up its turns and made bump skiing fun even for those who are not always fans of the environment. Its reduced weight and propensity for pivoting the turn allowed it to move easily through and over the peaks and troughs.
Should You Buy the Maven 93 C?
Even though it received some pretty low scores, the Atomic Maven 93 C still offers a good value for the right consumer. If you are an upper-intermediate to lower-advanced skier looking for one ski that will do it all, this ski provides an excellent entry point into the off-piste world. Just be prepared to upgrade in a few years to something a little more high-performance once you outgrow the abilities of this ski.
What Other Women's All-Mountain Skis Should You Consider?
For anyone who is already confidently skiing off-piste, double-black runs, the Atomic Maven 93 C isn't going to be enough ski for your abilities. If you ski this terrain mostly in powder conditions, the Elan Ripstick 94 W should be your ski of choice. If you need something to ski every other snow condition confidently, the Nordica Santa Ana 98 or Faction Dictator 2.0X are both great options. If you'd rather stick to groomers, the ultra-stable Volkl Secret 96 or extra-carvy Blizzard Black Pearl 88 is more your style.
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