Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

New Zealand’s unique snow conditions were the final test track for two recently developed high-performance ski models, the Volkl Deacon and Mantra 5.

German ski company Volkl (Voelkl in German) released the Deacon and Mantra 5 for the northern hemisphere winter following a final on-snow testing session at Mt Hutt ski area in September of last year.
Since being released, the two models have been in huge demand.  In New Zealand, Volkl importer Geoff Mckeown of Gravity Sports says he was already taking orders for an extra shipment “before the lifts were turning”.
An early season on-snow test of one of the first production Deacon models to arrive in the country was by New Zealand demonstrator and instructor trainer Garett Shore at Treble Cone:

“Great early season snow conditions have been perfect for the new 2019 Volkl Deacon.
The Deacon combines the performance of a race ski with the versatility of an all mountain ski, it feels light and easy to turn yet super stable on the groomers. It still has enough surface area to charge through the off-piste.”

Last year’s New Zealand testing session was overseen by Volkl International’s head of design, Volkl’s product manager for freeski and former World Cup racers who work for the company’s research and development team, Geoff said.
The so-called ‘Pacific Powder’ New Zealand is known for suited Volkl’s requirement for firm and varying snow conditions enabling the design team to finalise the two ski models’ respective performance specifications and go into production.

The Deacon has been designed as an all mountain race ski using a traditional sandwich construction with Volkl’s patented Speedwall Multi Layer Woodcore but wider underfoot with either a 74 or 76 mm waist.
The Mantra 5 is the latest generation of the company’s best selling off piste ski and has been revamped to reduce rocker and increase its torsional stiffness for more aggressive off piste performance.

Reviews of both skis since being released on the New Zealand market have been overwhelmingly positive Geoff said.
The response so far has highlighted the Volkl Deacon’s versatility and race pedigree.
Known for its high specifications and focus on performance since it began making skis in 1923, Volkl is one of the few European ski manufacturers to keep production “in-country” with its factory remaining in Straubing, Bavaria.

Volkl Deacon 74

Volkl Deacon 74

Volkl Deacon 74



173 (16.0),

UVO 3D, 3D.Glass

Powered by Titanium

Full Sidewall

Race Finish

Base: P-Tex 4504

XTD Tip & Tail Rocker

Speedwall Multi Layer Woodcore

Garett Shore
Home mountain: Treble Cone
Over two decades as a professional ski trainer and instructor. ISIA qualified instructor, trainer and national examiner. National demonstrator for the New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance over the past ten years.  Currently manager of NZSIA Interski team. Director of the Rookie Academy instructor training company based at Treble Cone and a competitive water skier and multisporter.



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