Volkl Yumi (2014)
Other specialists in the category scored better in Hard-Snow Integrity, but none was more versatile and balanced than the all-new Yumi. Japanese for "bow," as in bow and arrow, the Yumi lives up to its name: The more power you apply, the more performance it delivers. It has reserves of strength and energy that will, if tapped, crush the stoutest lines on the planet. Utter one command, and it snaps diligently into place. But should you relax, tip rocker and a metal-free construction make it supremely forgiving - never bucking or locking you into an arc. Lively, dynamic, responsive, and always up for adventure. Teague: "It responds to the input you give it."
Though freeride in spirit (with graphic to match) the new Yumi is a frontside-oriented daily driver with a fairly conservative waist width of 83 mm. It's metal-free and soft-flexing, built for easy, versatile performance. It's part of Volkl's Women's Freeskiing collection, which features soft-snow, freeride-oriented models ranging in width from 107 mm down to 83 mm. All are durable wood-core constructions with solid-feeling vertical sidewalls and glass-reinforced internal torsion box (the core is wrapped in a fiberglass sock to resist torsional flex, or twisting). The top model, Kiku, has carbon fiber layers, which give it power without the weight and dampness of metal. The Aura (96 mm) and the Kenja (87 mm) both have metal reinforcement. The two narrowest and least expensive models - the new all-mountain Yumi (83 mm) and the park-oriented Pyra (85 mm) - are reinforced with fiberglass only. Rocker profiles also vary: The Kiku is fully rockered for loose powder performance; the Aura, Kenja and Yumi are rockered in the tip only, for optimal mixed-conditions performance; the Pyra gets tip and tail rocker for easy pivoting and switch riding. All models are sold flat (no binding).
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||147, 154, 161, 168|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.01 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.93 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.75 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.48 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.99 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.10 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.66 / 5|