Hi I’m Adam and I was just riding on the Volkl Deacon 74. This thing is really your carving machine for your advanced to expert level skier. You have to put a little bit of power and a little bit of energy in it but the rebound in this thing is tremendous. It holds a grip on the firm snow like we have here today. When its going to be a little bit softer and a little bit warmer it will be fantastic. Very, very smooth ski, very tight turning it really excels at short to medium radius turns you ramp it up to speed, you open it up a little bit it will be there for you but its a lot more fun to just rip out as many turns as you can. The UVO dampening system really keeps a smooth and quiet ride, especially on a firm day, ice a great option for that back east, mid west guy who is coming off of race skis. Maybe wants something a little bit mellower, but really its not too much mellower its got a lot of energy and a lot of pop to it.