Rating: 3.20 / 5
Waist Width: 83
Stability at speed: 3.78 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.40 / 5
Crud performance: 2.63 / 5
Flotation: 1.70 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.27 / 5
Overall: 3.20 / 5
The Yumi, a past winner, barely misses finishing fourth. And check out its No. 2 for Overall Impression. So yes, Volkl lovers get what they're looking for. Rather than a detuned race ski, the Yumi comes out of the freeskiing category and aims for all-conditions versatility. As one tester put it, it's "an all- mountain carver" rather than a groomed-snow one. And check out the price: an exceptional value. Barnes: "On edge, it feels damp and glued to the snow, yet it maintains a playful attitude. Very well-rounded."
NOTES: Though freeride in spirit (with graphic to match) the 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 six soft-snow, freeride-oriented models ranging in width from 116 mm down to 83 mm. All except the new 100Eight W are durable wood-core constructions with solid-feeling vertical sidewalls and a glass-reinforced internal torsion box (the core is wrapped in a fiberglass sheath to resist torsional flex, or twisting). The 100Eight features Volkl's new 3D Ridge construction, which is thick down the middle so it can be thinner, lighter, and more sensitive over the edges. The Aura (100 mm) and the Kenja (90 mm) both have metal reinforcement. The two narrowest and least expensive models-the all-mountain Yumi (83 mm) and the park-oriented Pyra (85 mm)-are reinforced with fiberglass only. Rocker profiles also vary: The One W, 100Eight W and Aura are fully rockered for loose powder performance; the Kenja and Pyra are rockered tip and tail, with camber underfoot for traditional rebound energy. The Yumi is rockered in the tip only. All models are sold flat (no binding).