Model year: 2023-2024
Radius: 16.4 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, two sheets of metal, tip rocker, Tailored Carbon Tips
About this ski
The Deacon skis were first introduced by Völkl for the 2018-2019 season. After a few years, they redesigned most of them. Last year, they launched this Deacon 72, the narrowest in the line. No more UVO (that dampening ‘puck’ on the front of the ski to help prevent tip chatter), but still substantial tip rocker. Not so much in splay (the amount the tip comes off the snow in terms of hight), but certainly in terms of length of the rocker.
This means that when skiing flat, about 20 cm of the ski don’t necessarily touch the snow. This could cause tip chatter (wind getting under the tip, making it flap and feel unstable). Völkl have incorporated their Tailored Carbon Tips technology in this ski (in most skis, in fact). It just means carbon stringers in the rockered tip to prevent this tip chatter. And they do their job.
The previous version of this ski (Deacon 74) needed extreme edge angles to hook on and pull you into a carved turn. Actually, they were only fun in chop and bumps. This new ski, however, hooks up immediately, even when skiing lazily with hardly any technical input. The beauty is, though, that it kind of ‘feels’ what you want to do with it. Cruise around? No problem. Get some high-energy carves in? Let’s do it! Glide to the next coffee break watching the kids having fun? Sure!
Not just allround in terms of energy needed and returned – this ski performs equally well on icy, wind-bashed steep slopes (the grip is tenacious and immediate, despite the rocker) as it does in 20 cm of powder on top of your groomer. In bumps – hard or soft – it is brilliant and fun, helping you instead of kicking your backside. Don’t expect freeride float, of course. But for a 72 mm carving ski with the level of precision and performance that you would normally find in something called ‘Ractiger’, ‘Redster’ or ‘Firebird’, the versatility of this ski is phenomenal. It comes in lengths from 158 to 178, so it is truly unisex as well.
The most allround groomer ski out there. Precision and power if you want it, confidence-inspiring stability with no effort at all, crazy good on the hardest icy runs and in pow-on-groomers too, and for the widest possible range of skiers in terms of size, style, and ability level (intermediate and up). This is hard to beat. It comes in a few colors now.