Völkl Deacon 74 2019
PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments
While Völkl skis regularly stand at the top of the podium in the PROSKILAB™ All-Mountain category, their carving skis have found it more difficult to feature among the best skis in the world.
Things change - the testers loved the Deacon 74. It is in the Carvers category where we select high-performance skis that are less demanding than race-inspired skis but will still get your heart pumping.
In fact, this ski fulfilled all of the criteria of this category. It is super fun because it is so lively and “predictable,” according to the testers.
Turn initiation is fast and intuitive. The ski holds the line very well because it has incredible edge grip and amazing stability. The Deacon 74's excellent performance and smoothness encourage skiers to "increase pressure," increase edge angle, and push the envelope just a little more. The ski allows a lot of room for improvement and will appeal to skiers who want to perfect their technique.
The ski is very at ease in long turns but requires a bit more effort in short turns.
The Völkl Deacon 74 is a very popular ski that we strongly recommend for a wide range of skiers. This ski will allow strong intermediate skiers to progress and improve their technique. Advanced and expert skiers will love its predictability and versatility.
- Lively and grippy
- Great edge hold
- Quick easy turn initiation
- Versatile, excellent performance in all types of turns (carved, skidded, pivot, etc.)
- Awesome in long-radius turns
- More demanding in short turns
- Lacks a bit of rebound at the end of the turn according to some testers
The ski review scores
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Who's it for?
The new Deacon range uses racing technology found in skis like the Racetiger, which has a wider sweet spot. It is in Volkl’s All-Mountain range and is made for skiing the steepest runs in the resort! #thesteeperthebetter
Snow conditions change fast in ski resorts: perfectly groomed in the morning, a few moguls by the end of the day, and sometimes artificial snow that doesn’t have the same grip or glide. It was for these specific conditions that our engineers and testers designed a wider ski for 2018/2019 that has the same performance, grip, and gliding properties as a race ski.
The Deacon features Volkl’s new UVO 3D technology: It is a freely rotating vibration dampening device with a spring that allows the UVO 3D to move up and down to reduce vibrations and improve ski-snow contact. In terms of construction, the Deacon has the 3D Glass technology: fiberglass placed vertically along the sidewalls at the tip and tail, which gives the ski greater stiffness and power. The fiberglass is flat at the bindings, so skiers can flex the ski more easily.
The range also includes the Deacon 76. This model comes in a PRO version with the famous Marker WC Piston Interface plate. Available in black or in color.
Features of the Deacon 74
|Model :||Deacon 74|
|Size tested :||173 cm|
|Tip size :||125 mm|
|Waist size :||74 mm|
|Tail size :||104 mm|
|Radius for the size reviewed :||16 m|
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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™in La Clusaz, France, March 2018