A normal Ski trip
One thing always remains the same when skiing, namely that everything is always different. Anything can happen during a week of skiing: While you may still be dependent on extremely scarce artificial snow on the first few days of skiing, a few days later cubic metres of fresh powder snow may have fallen again.
One ski for all slope conditions?
With all these changes, the desire to have the perfect ski for every situation often arises: A Racecarver, a Slalomcarver, an Allmountain-Ski, a Freerider.... But firstly, hardly anyone can afford it, and secondly, transport would be a logistical horror scenario. The idea of relying on a ski that works well in all situations and combines the positive qualities of all the others is obvious.
Of course, most ski manufacturers have already come up with this idea and try to develop such a ski, sometimes with greater success, sometimes with less success. Last winter, for example, the traditional Bavarian manufacturer Völkl made a new launch with the Deacon series and this winter added four very different models. We looked at the models in the Deacon series and tested what they were capable of.
UVO 3D, 3D.Glass, XTD Tip&Tail Rocker and more
The UVO 3D technology is a further development of the proven UVO technology and consists of a vertically and horizontally freely oscillating element in the tip of the ski. The result is even more efficient vibration absorption, which makes the ski extremely smooth in the steering phase and extremely fast, precise and direct when turning.
The edge grip is even more improved by the 3D.Glass technology. As the name suggests, it consists of an extremely sophisticated application of fibreglass inserts: in the front and rear part of the ski, the fibreglass structure is guided vertically upwards and outwards via the sidewall. This improves edge grip on ice on the one hand and increases dynamics when turning turns on the other. The single layer of glass underneath the binding ensures smoothness and radius variability.
Too technical? Andy Schauer, trainer in the team of the German Ski Instructors Association and former member of the Skicross national team, puts it like this: "The Deacon is a real weapon. Smooth running with maximum grip in all snow conditions. With this new development I can ski in a position that is otherwise only possible with racing skis. For me, the Deacon on the piste is an indispensable part of my life!"
The only thing missing is the turning joy in Sulz and Powder. With the XTD Tip&Tail Rocker, this is an element that is certainly unusual in a ski as racecapable as the Völkl Deacon, but works surprisingly well. The flat, tapered bends at the shovel and ski end, combined with the traditional pre-tensioning under the binding, enable Völkl to combine easy entry into turns and the pleasure of turning with stability and edge grip in one ski.
Together, these technologies result in a ski that masters a wide variety of slopes, or that is able to cope surprisingly well with the constantly changing conditions on the slopes during a ski day or a ski week.
Völkl Deacon models in the individual view
The Allmountain Race Ski: Deacon 74 and Deacon 74 Pro
For sporty and active skiers who only want to take a single pair of skis with them, without sacrificing agility and variability or stability and sportiness, the Allmountain Race Skis of the Deacon series are certainly a good choice.
The Völkl Deacon 74 is aimed primarily at lovers of short and medium radii and is a faithful companion from early to late with its lively performance, sportiness and versatility.
The Völkl Deacon 74 Pro variants feature a 10 mm World Cup binding plate and a race finish on the steel edges in addition to the above-mentioned. They are certainly not intended for the North German occasional skier, but a ski instructor, a trainer or even a highly sporty recreational skier could become weak.
Allmountain/slope: Völkl Deacon 80 and Völkl Deacon 84
The brand new all-mountain models Völkl Deacon 80 and Völkl Deacon 84 also feature 3D glass and the tip-tail rocker. Although Völkl does not use UVO in these models, they use some completely new technologies:
The 3D Radius Sidecut combines a short radius in the middle with a long shovel radius and a long rear radius. The narrow radius in the middle favours tight turns at moderate speed, provides an extremely easy turn initiation and makes the ski very lively. The wide tip and tail radii are ideal for wide turns and high speed, providing easy steering and increased manoeuvrability, helping to avoid blending and ensuring smooth running.
Power transmission and manoeuvrability are further improved by the new IPT Lowride binding system, in which decisive functions of the binding have been technically elaborately shifted into the ski body, making it about 400 grams lighter and offering a one centimeter lower standing height than the predecessor model. This enables faster, easier edge changes and provides an unusually high level of agility for skis of this width.
The 3D GlassRidge, adopted from the RTM models, combines low weight with high torsional stiffness, a perfect edge grip over the entire ski length and optimum control. The 3D GlassRidge runs in front of and behind the binding and runs out to the edges.
Both models are optimised to make a skier who is active in sports or high performance independent of the constant changes in slope conditions that occur during a long skiing season. The new Titanal Frame of the Völkl Deacon 84 therefore offers professional skiers a high degree of precise power transmission and damping. The Glass Frame of the Völkl Deacon 80, on the other hand, provides a wide range of skiers with effortless access to dynamics, sportiness and effervescence.
Simple and easy: Völkl Deacon 75 and Völkl Deacon XTD
The models described so far are aimed primarily at good to very good skiers. But of course there are also versatile Deacon skis for skiers who are ambitious but not quite so experienced, or for beginners. Although these skis are not quite so packed with innovative technology, they are easy to handle and comparatively easy on the wallet.
The new Völkl Deacon 75 completes the all-mountain race segment with Deacon 74 and Deacon 76. Like the two new top models released in 2018, it specialises in variable skiing in changing slope conditions. With its continuous sidewall and flex characteristics derived from the Deacon 74, it offers effortless access to driving dynamics and liveliness even with a moderate driving style, making it the right choice especially for sporty, ambitious skiers with air to the top.
The Deacon family is rounded off by the new Völkl Deacon XTD model. A new sidecut, tip rocker and center sidewall ensure easy handling and safety, even in demanding artificial snow conditions. With the new model, beginners and advanced skiers will find the necessary support and confidence for fast, fearless learning.
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