Völkl Yumi (2014)
The all-new Yumi has the freeride-inspired looks of the rest of Völkl’s freeskiing collection (think Kiku and Aura), but it’s among the narrowest and least expensive models, designed for intermediate to advanced women who ski manicured snow. Our ladies found it to be a mellow, fun carver best suited to cruising rolling blues, but like most Völkls we’ve tested, it has a powerful engine for when you want to let your hair down. “Stuck to the snow like glue,” said one tester.
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|
|Lengths||147, 154, 161, 168|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.80 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.14 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.71 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.66 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.12 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.22 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||2.96 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.23 / 5|