Volkl Yumi (2013-2014) ReviewAugust 24, 2013
- Versatile 83mm waist means it can handle a variety of snow conditions and terrain
- Very solid underfoot
- Good edge grip through a variety of turn shapes and speeds
- Softer flexing than some other Volkl models
- Easy to edge and accessible to a variety of ability levels
- If you expect a top ski like the Kenja or Aura, this isn't it
- Lacks a little rebound energy
- Has a little vibration going straight, fast
- Less forgiving in the tips and tails as other women's models
The Yumi is a user-friendly, soft-flexing ski from Volkl. It lacks the rebound energy found in Volkl’s other women's skis, but instead offers solid carving and accessibility to a variety of ability levels as well as terrain and snow conditions.
Volkl calls the new Yumi an all-mountain freeride ski. It has an 83mm waist that could handle a little bit of variable snow, but it has more frontside characteristics than all-mountain prowess.
It’s lightweight—with no metal in the full wood core, as the Kenja, Aura, and Kiku do. Since it has vertical sidewalls and a torsion box internal layup, it does have some of the edge grip characteristics Volkl is known for. A soft-flexing core, however, makes it feel fun and easy to maneuver. It’s not a hard-charging, ski-on-rails carver. It’s more of a mellow cruiser for an expert skier and a user-friendly carver for intermediates through advanced skiers.
Volkl has the corner market on edge grip. I felt it with the Yumi but missed the rebound energy I love in other Volkl skis. What’s nice about the way the Yumi carves is that it’s easy to get it on edge. It favors medium to big turns. I had to exert a little more energy to make quick, slalom turns.
I noticed the Yumi bumped around a bit in the trees at Snowbird. It has tip rocker and an 83mm waist but I preferred to ski it on soft corduroy.
The Volkl Yumi is a lightweight ski and for aggressive skiers, that can make the ski feel like it doesn’t have enough underfoot. I felt stable on the groomers, but it felt a little light for me off-piste. That said, I think it feels confidence-inspiring on the groomers.
It has good edge hold and gets on and off edge easily without hooking up. I think an intermediate-level skier would feel comfortable on this ski.
This is a ski for intermediates to extend their limits or for advanced skiers to use primarily on the frontside groomers. At $775 without a binding (go with a Marker since they’re designed to go together), it’s not cheap. But Volkls have a hand-crafted feel and lots of durability.