The Volkl Deacon 79 Skis with IPT WR XL 12 TCX GW Bindings from Volkl basically sits right in the middle of the Deacon line up regarding waist width. At 79 millimeters underfoot, it splits the difference between a dedicated frontside-only skis and more versatile all-mountain ski. That gives it a relatively versatile feel when it comes to carving skis. What's extra nice about the Deacon 79 is that you get a high performing ski that comes paired with a system binding that has a lot of technology built in. Volkl uses a Dual Wood Core with their 3D Ridge construction method. Down the middle of the ski is a raised portion, which delivers good longitudinal stiffness while achieving slightly easier, more forgiving turn initiation. Volkl also uses Steel laminates in the Deacon 79. Steel is a particularly good material for vibration damping, while also hitting a more affordable price point than the Titanal found in more expensive skis. While Volkl has more aggressive, stiffer, and more responsive skis in their Deacon line, the 79 continues to offer excellent performance for a wide range of skiers. It's a very good choice for a less aggressive skier with really good technique, or a more athletic skier who wants to progress. If you don't need a super stiff carving ski, you'll love the Volkl Deacon 79 Skis with IPT WR XL 12 TCX GW Bindings.