2022 Volkl Deacon 84 Skis w/ Lowride XL 13.0 FR GW Bindings
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
All-Mountain • Groomers
Would you mind comparing these two skis?
Thanks so much. Love you guys and your reviews/feedback.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
I think the 177 is the way to go. You've got the size and advanced ability for it! Have fun!
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.
At your height, weight and skiing ability, you should go for the 182 cm length.
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
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.
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?
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!
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 ?
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.
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.
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!
If Gripwalk soles, yes, a Touring sole, no.
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.
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.
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?
I agree with the 172 in the Deacon. You will get all the performance you need out of that setup I think!
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,
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.
At your stats, go for the 172 cm length
Have fun and enjoy!