The Volkl Kama is a new model for 2019, although you might be more familiar with it than you think. The Kama shares the same sidecut dimensions as the previous version of the Yumi and uses a multi-layer wood core with no metal. For 2018, Volkl updated the Yumi ski to include metal, which made it a little bit more demanding overall. For skiers who prefer a wood core with no metal Volkl has essentially brought it back in the form of the Kama. It’s lightweight, uses a subtle amount of tip rocker, and has a 83 mm waist width that should be versatile across varying terrain and snow conditions. Let’s see what our testers thought of it, all of whom tested the 161 cm length.
“I think I just skied an angel!” exclaimed Kristi Brown after her test runs on the Kama. She described it as “weightless and uplifting” and felt like it was “floating across the snow.” Kristi gave the Kama impressively high despite the lack of metal or carbon in its construction. Flotation and Edge Grip were scored a little lower than everything else, but we saw some impressive scores from Kristi consisting of mostly 4s out of 5. She thought it would be an “inspiring ski for advanced beginners and intermediates.”
Katrine Wolfgang thought it was a “good all mountain ski.” Like Kristi, Katrine gave the Kama mostly 4s out of 5, which again is really impressive for a ski at this price point. Katrine thought it was “light and easy to turn. Pretty forgiving and you can sit back and let it turn for you.” No, Volkl hasn’t yet integrated artificial intelligence into their skis, but Katrine clearly thought the Kama was an intuitive, user-friendly ski.
Josi Kytle thought it was a fun, versatile ski. In fact, she gave the Kama 5 out of 5 for versatility as well as forgiveness, with all her other scores coming in at 4 out of 5. We really can’t put enough emphasis on how impressive that is for a ski like the Kama. Josi thought it would be a “great ski for every day. It’s forgiving, fun, and adaptable.”
Jenny Lawson definitely felt the high level of forgiveness, commenting that it was “easy to ski” with an overall “soft flex.” Susan Dorn, on the other hand, focused more on the ski’s energy and versatility. She thought it would be a “nice ski for intermediates for handling all sorts of conditions. Handled crud with no problems.” That’s nice to know because a lightweight ski like this can get pushed around a bit in crud snow conditions or when soft snow starts to get tracked out. Susan, like many of our testers on the Kama, found it to be “easy turning and peppy.”
While the Kama isn’t the most aggressive ski on the market, it offers a really nice feel and level of performance for a wide range of skiers. Lightweight skiers will appreciate that they don’t have to drive the ski exceptionally hard, while less experienced skiers will find it very user-friendly and forgiving. Whether you’re just graduating from rental skis or are a more advanced skier who values a quick, lightweight feel, the Kama is awesome. Also, for skiers who were disappointed that the Yumi was given metal, which did make it a little more demanding, the Kama brings back a nice alternative to Volkl’s heavier, stiffer skis.