2022 Volkl Deacon 84 Skis w/ Lowride XL 13.0 FR GW Bindings

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Volkl Deacon 84 Skis with Lowride XL 13.0 FR GW Bindings

Now in its second year of existence, the Volkl Deacon 84 skis with the low ride XL 13 bindings are an amazing package for front side skiers all over the world. For advanced and expert skiers who are looking for the ultimate in carving power and performance but who also do not want to sacrifice versatility and all-mountain performance, it's hard to do much better than the Deacon 84. Thanks to the build, shape, and profile, as well as the improved binding system, the Deacon 84 checks a ton of boxes for a wide variety of skiers and skier styles. Starting with Volkl's Full Sensor Wood core, the skis start with a pretty beefy base. This is the stiffer and denser core, so you can be assured that you're going to get some amazing stability and performance out of the ski. Add to that the titanal frame technology from the Mantra and Kendo collection and you've got edge grip and precision for days. Just tip this thing on edge and it'll take right off in the carved turn shape of your choosing. This is accomplished with the 3D Radius Sidecut that allows you to change up your turn shape thanks to multiple radii along the edges of the ski. You don't have to think about it too much, it's a lot more intuitive than that. Want to make long fast turns, go ahead! Want to shorten it up and rip some bumps? No problem! The Volkl Deacon 84 remains one of the smoothest and most well-rounded skis on the planet, bar none.


  • Sidecut: 132/84/115 mm
  • Turn Radii: 21/15/24 meters at 177 cm length
  • Weight: 2060 Grams Per Ski with Binding at 177 cm length
  • Full Sensor Wood Core
  • Titanal Frame
  • 3D Ridge
  • 3D Glass
  • Tip and Tail Rocker
  • Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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Hi. I'm pretty much down to these or the Laser AR. I am a 6'1" 220lb Advanced Skier. I ski northeast, alomost exclusively, and want this ski to be a piste ski. I have other skis in the quiver for off listen days.

Would you mind comparing these two skis?

Thanks so much. Love you guys and your reviews/feedback.
Question by: David on Aug 9, 2020, 12:11 AM
The big difference between the Volkl Deacon 84 and the Laser AR is metal. The Laser has no metal and the Deacon uses the Titanal Frame. Metal for skier your size in the Northeast usually works to your advantage. The metal will offer support and will be very stable on the firmer conditions. The Laser will be slightly lighter and more forgiving.
Answer by: Pat Kerwawycz on Aug 9, 2020, 11:23 AM
Deacon 84. I am 6'2" 220 but inclined to go with the 177, thought being that, when in doubt, always better to go shorter on a powerful ski like this. Thoughts?
Question by: Terry on Sep 2, 2020, 3:30 PM
Hi Terry!
I'm the same size as you and I think the 177 is too short, unless you know you really like shorter, more maneuverable skis. For me, I do not like the thought of leaving performance on the table. While it is a powerful ski, you're probably a powerful skier to match. I'd go 182. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Sep 3, 2020, 8:02 AM

I am currently skiing on the Mantra 6 (177cm). Looking at picking up another pair of skis. I've been researching the Kendo and Deacon lines. Knowing that I have a freeride ski, what would you suggest as that second ski pair? Would you recommend another suggestion? Also, how different is the Kendo to the Mantra?

Background: I ski in the East (NY and Vermont), groomed, hardpacked, some ice, powder... Was just at Gore and love getting to Vermont when I can.

Thank you,

Question by: Emory Roethel on Mar 1, 2022, 7:12 AM
HI Emory!
If you have the M6, I'd go Deacon 84 for sure. The Kendo and Mantra are pretty close in terms of performance and application, they just feel a bit different because of the width, but overall, they're quite similar. I think the Deacon will give you a better spread, and certainly better groomer and carving performance!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 1, 2022, 8:39 AM
Hey guys-- I'm skiing on some Enforcer 93s in the 177 length. I love them, but am looking to add something that is a bit more front-side focused. Looking at the Deacon 84s. I'm 5ft 9, 175lbs and live/ski out East (strong advanced/expert). Can you give me a size recommendation? Also how do these compare vs the V. Werks? I'm also intrigued by the K2 Disruption line, can you say a few words about the Volkl's vs the K2's? Thanks!
Question by: Tyler G on Oct 5, 2020, 8:09 AM
Hi Tyler, Thanks for the question! Check out our sizing chart on our website. You can find that link at the bottom of any page on our site. The V. werks is just a little stiffer due to some added lightweight carbon making it slightly more stable at speed. The turn radii for both deacon models are the same, the V. Werks will just be a bit more stable at speed. The biggest difference between the deacon and disruption is that the Deacons use 3D sidecut technology which makes it a little easer for the skier to create a variety of turn shapes as opposed to feeling locked in to one type of turn. Give us a call at 877-812-6710 if you have nay other questions!
Answer by: Matt McAlary on Oct 5, 2020, 12:30 PM
I trying to replace the skis I primarily use on groomers but I still want the skis to be versatile. I have a pair of Enforcer 100s and a set of powder skis. I'm looking at the Deacon 84 or the Enforcer 94. I'm stuck in between, please help.
Question by: John on Sep 21, 2020, 6:28 PM
Hi John!
The Deacon certainly has more of an on-piste personality and is an incredibly smooth ski. Have you checked out the Enforcer 88? A bit less overlap between the 100 and the 94, but still the same overall feel and personality. I'd say the Deacon 84 vs. the Enforcer 88 is the better comparison, with the 88 being the true all-mountain ski while the Deacon is the front-side carver. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Sep 22, 2020, 11:43 AM
The reviews for these sound excellent. I am curious how these compare to the 2020 K2 Ikonic 84ti's? I absolutely love the K2's.

Question by: Ramon Martinez on Dec 9, 2020, 3:36 PM
Hi Ramon!
I'm a huge fan of those K2's as well. The Deacon operates on much the same philosophy, by putting more material over the edges of the skis with a titanal frame. This gives the ski its precise feel, especially on firmer snow. Same basic concept and shape, so I'd think they're very comparable. A bit more of a metallic feel to the Volkl's, I've found, but a lot of skiers like that. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Dec 10, 2020, 11:17 AM
5'11", 185 advanced skier. Mainly PA and VT, 70% piste. Would you recommend the 177 or the 172 Deacon 84?
Question by: MARC PONCHIONE on Jan 3, 2021, 9:33 PM
Hi Marc!
I think the 177 is the way to go. You've got the size and advanced ability for it! Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Jan 5, 2021, 11:44 AM
Hi, I am looking to buy the Deacon 84. I am 57, expert skier (40+ years) 155 lbs, 5'9" tall. What size do you recommend?
Question by: JB on Sep 9, 2021, 4:58 PM
Hi JB,

Thanks for contacting SkiEssentials. We don't have the longer length, but the 172cm should be a good size for your ability. I have also included a link to view our ski sizing suggestion chart based on skier height verse ability. Within the suggested range for your height and ability, the shorter lengths are going to provide easier handling making shorter turns easier but may lack a bit in stability at speeds as well as float. Whereas the longer lengths in the suggested size range will provide more stability at speeds and float but be more ski to handle making shorter radius turns. Ultimately deciding on a length is a personal decision for you to make based on the performance desired.


Let us know if you have further questions.

Answer by: Mark Van Liere on Sep 10, 2021, 9:43 AM
I am an advanced skier age 73, 6'1" 200 lbs. These days I ski only in Northern Michigan -- hardpack galore and rarely 4" of powder for an hour or so. I am very happy with my RTM 84 182 cm, but they are getting old (2012) and am not getting any younger. Should I buy Deacon 84 at 182 cm or 177?
Question by: Larry Saylor on Jan 8, 2022, 2:20 PM
Hi Larry,

At your height, weight and skiing ability, you should go for the 182 cm length.


Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 10, 2022, 9:21 AM
I am looking at the volkl deacon 84. I am 70 yrs old 5 foot 8, 190 pounds. I looked at the sizing chart, but I am still unsure if I should get the 172, or 177 cm I like to ski fast, short turns and long
Ski mostly in the east, but like trees and powder when the weather is right in the east, or out west. Ski mostly Stowe &
alta utah. I am on k2 recon 174 cm now
Question by: jerry fatow on May 20, 2022, 7:57 PM
Hi Jerry!

The 172 will be better for short turns and maneuverability at slower speeds while the longer 177 will be better at higher speeds. The Deacon 84 does feature a full Ti frame so you would still have plenty to push into on hardpack and groomers even with the shorter 172, so that would be my recommendation.

Answer by: Chris McClelland (Admin) on May 27, 2022, 2:46 PM
It's mid April 2022 and we've seen Volkl announce some new updates for the 2023 season. Are we expecting anything new from the Deacon 84, or will the 2023 Deacon 84 be near identical to the 2022 version?

And to go on from there, we've been seeing Volkl bring a lot of their newer tech through the rest of their lineup - if not for 2023, do we think the Deacon 84 will be receiving a major upgrade for the 2024 season?
Question by: LW on Apr 19, 2022, 4:46 PM
Hi LW!

Nothing new on the construction front for the Deacon 84 in 2023. The Only thing being updated in 2023 is the topsheet graphic. As for 2024, only Volkl themselves would know what there plans are that far out.

Have fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 20, 2022, 11:12 AM
Hi there
I demo’d 177 Deacon 84 for a week at Northstar recently, found them awesome. I do have a pair Rossignol Soul 7 skis 106 underfoot which I love in soft stuff
Am 6ft 1, 175lb and 72, expert skier.
Would the 177 Deacon ski be the right ski & length do you think ?
Question by: Jeff Barkwill on Apr 6, 2022, 1:14 AM
Hi Jeff!
The Deacon 84 is an amazing ski for frontside enthusiasts wanting a little more all mountain versatility so I would highly recommend them. For length the 177 sounds right, especially if you enjoyed them at that length during the demo.
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 7, 2022, 3:21 PM

I am debating between the Deacon 80 and the 84. I’m about 6’1” 240 and mostly ski groomers in southern California. Thinking of 177 as I like more nimble skis. Are the 84 to stiff or heavy? Any opinions would be appreciated.
Question by: Dan Anghelus on Mar 15, 2022, 10:21 PM
HI Dan!
The 84 is stiffer and heavier than the 80, so if you prefer nimbler and lighter skis, the 177 in the 80 still has enough power and strength for your stats and application. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 16, 2022, 7:52 AM
Instructor in Southern California mountains and looking for easy frontside ski which I know I can’t go wrong with the Deacon 84. My question is related to the bindings. I use Scarpa boots and I am typically on AT bindings. Will these bindings be compatible with my boots? Thanks guys!
Question by: Patrick on Mar 13, 2022, 8:11 PM
HI Patrick!
If Gripwalk soles, yes, a Touring sole, no.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 14, 2022, 4:28 PM
Hi. Call me a dinosaur, I am still skiing on a pair of Dynastar S9 slalom 200cm. I bought then in 1997 and have several good seasons of skiing on them. I haven't skied for the last season because of foot and knee problems. Things are good now and am going to upgrade my skiis. I have been looking at the Volkl deacon 84. I do all my skiing in the east {VT & NY }. Looking for an all mountain ski that would be good in East coast conditions. Is the Deacon 84 a good choice ?
Question by: Charles McClallen on Mar 7, 2022, 3:29 PM
HI Charles!
If you're having fun, nobody should care what you're on! I think the Deacon is a great choice for skiers who are staying with an on-piste/frontside ski that carves clean turns but isn't to stuck to the groomers--some decent versatility to that ski as well, making it a solid all-around performer.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2022, 12:13 PM
Great guidance in these responses! I've been on my Deacon 84's for two seasons - love them for Midwest hardpack, light snow, and crud. Powerful ride - very easy to get on edge and make intuitive turns. I'm pondering a fatter all-mountain ski for soft spring snow and powder days out West - maybe in the 95-102mm waist range. So many options. What would you recommend for a Volkl Deacon fan who wants a ski that is nimble and maneuverable in soft snow and tree runs (not too heavy), but also powerful enough to carve on groomers and cut through crud without chattering tips? Enforcer 100? Mantra 102? Head 99? Blizzard 10? Salomon QST 98?
Question by: Kurt on Mar 4, 2022, 8:31 AM
Hi Kurt!
I think if you like the overall timbre of the Deacon 84, you'll fall right in line with the Mantra 102. That said, it is on the heavy side, so if you're looking for more of a playful feel, I'd recommend the QST 98 or the Rustler 10. We were very impressed with the Salomon this past year, as it's an easy turner, a great floater, and possesses a top end that is fairly impressive. For a meaty, strong ski, go Mantra 102, but for more maneuverability and fun, QST.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 4, 2022, 9:41 AM
Thanks SE for responding so quickly to my previous post.

Can you recommend a ski size for me? As I stated, I am currently on the Mantra 6 at 177cm. I've felt at times this year it might be a little long, but other times it was perfect, all depended on the slope and conditions. I am an aggressive, expert skier, 5'9" 160lbs. What would you suggest in sizing for the Deacon 84? I was on the Atomic SuperCross SX-11 at 170cm for years. I am thinking the 172cm in the Deacon?

Thanks again,


Question by: Emory Roethel on Mar 2, 2022, 7:50 AM
I agree with the 172 in the Deacon. You will get all the performance you need out of that setup I think!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 2, 2022, 2:20 PM
Hello, I am 184 cm / 228lbs and 65yo intermedia to expert. Ski mostly on East Coast and Canada (Quebec). Looking to upgrade to Deacon 84, ski on Volk fir 30 years. What is the best lenght for me? Would appreciate your input.
Question by: Michael on Sep 28, 2022, 2:58 PM
Hi Michael,

The Deacon is a great ski especially for the mixed bag that is skiing on the East Coast. We do not have anymore of the the 2022 Deacons unfortunately however we do have the 2023 version. As for the length that I would recommend the 182cm length for someone of your height/weight and skier ability.

I hope this helped and always feel free to reach out with any questions,
Answer by: Connor Wier (Admin) on Sep 29, 2022, 9:48 AM
Sorry I forgot to mention I was looking at the Volkl Mantra M5 or M6. Would either one of these ski be suited for me and my type of skiing? Thank you again.
Question by: Tom on Feb 2, 2022, 5:27 PM
Hi Tom,,

Just answered your question regarding the Deacon 84. The M5 and M6 will give you more off-piste performance. If you are primarily sticking to groomers, stay with the Deacon. More suited to your frontside needs.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 3, 2022, 12:06 PM
First I want to thank you for your very informative videos. My question. I am 5' 8", 170 lbs. 72 year young. I'm an advanced intermediate skier who skis primarily groomers. Could you recommend a Volkl ski that would be suited to my type of skiing? I've been skiing on a pair of Volkl Supersport S5's 175 cm length for the past 14 years. I believe I'm due for a newer better ski. Thank you.
Question by: Tom on Feb 2, 2022, 5:23 PM
The Volkl Deacon is a very well rounded front side ski that can ski a myriad of conditions extremely well. You get that world class Volkl edge grip on hard snow, short turns, long turns and everything in between. Any turn shaope really at any speed as well. The Volkl Deacon 84 remains one of the smoothest and most well-rounded skis out there bar none.

At your stats, go for the 172 cm length

Have fun and enjoy!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 3, 2022, 12:00 PM

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