2021 Völkl Deacon V-Werks

Pugski Test Team

Testing skis so you don't have to.
Pugski Ski Tester
Mar 5, 2017
Philpug: This ski blew all our testers away. It is safe to say that it was the overwhelming shocker of the test, in the best possible way. The Deacon V-Werks is a scalpel; yes, we have had skis like that in this category, and while some have had the tenacious grip of the V-Werks, none have had its feel, even the original RTM V-Werks.

Völkl has something special here; I think it is very well the best and most successful application of a carbon-based premium ski. Make sure you bring your A-game, though, because where some skis will let you relax from time to time, the new Deacon demands your attention -- and rewards you in spades when you provide it. It has probably one of the smallest sweet spots of any ski in this class, and it makes no excuses for that.

Insider tip: If you are in between sizes, go with the shorter of the two. No one will think lesser of you.​
Drahtguy Kevin: Clicking into the Deacon V-Werks provided a surprise. It is extremely light and extremely connected to the snow. On edge, it grips like a gator but is easy to release at any point in the turn. I varied turn shapes, speeds, and terrain, and the V-Werks handled it all admirably. A consistent flex and predictable tip are other attributes of this ski.

Insider tip: Don’t let the weight fool you; the Deacon V-Werks is a smooth, stable, ripper.​
Who is it for?
Good skiers who are on their game and are looking for a light, narrower all-mountain ski need look no further.
Who is it not for?
While this ski works well at slower speeds, it excels as the mph grows. To paraphrase Col. Jessup, ”You want this ski? You can’t handle this ski.”
Skier ability
Ski category
Frontside, All Mountain
Ski attributes


Available sizes
167, 172, 177, 182
21/15/[email protected]
Rocker profile
Camber with tip rocker
Construction design
All new
Binding options
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