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2019 Volkl Kama Women’s Skis

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.


Josi Kytle SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Josi Kytle

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Super fun and smiley

Katrine Wolfgang SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 54Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot

Susan Dorn

Age: 60Height: 5'1"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

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  1. I was really glad to see the above reviews. I just purchased the Kama skis, and pick them up tomorrow. : )

    1. HI Patti!
      We pair those with the Tyrolia Attack 11 bindings, although most ~11 DIN bindings will work just fine. Have fun!

  2. Could you comment on which size would be more appropriate for me? 147, or 154? Im torn. I bought 154, but wonder if I should exchange.
    120 lbs, 5’3″, intermediate skier, mostly on front side of mountain. I enjoy greens, blues, and very very rarely a black diamond. First time buying my own skis, and torn on size. 154 would hit about my eyebrows, 147 between lips and nose.

    1. Hi Georgia!
      I think you’ll be fine on either, as the longer ones are still under head-high. 147 is great for quickness and maneuverability, but you might appreciate the extra stability of the longer length. Additionally, they’re quite light skis to begin with, so even the “longer” length isn’t unapproachable. I think you’ll be just fine on the 154. Have fun!

  3. Hi there, I’m an intermediate skier and am interested in these in size 154 cm. I’m 5’0 and weigh 100 lbs. Do you think I could pull these off in this size?

    1. Hi Katie!
      I think so! The Kama is light and maneuverable, so if you could pull off any ski in the 154, that’d be a great choice! The Nordica Astral series skis do come a bit shorter, if you’re interested in checking out another option. Have fun!

  4. Hello!

    I recently got the Vokl Kama skis in 147! So excited to have them:)

    I am 5’5” and 120 pounds. The skis hit between my lips and my nose. I am an intermediate skier, mostly ski blues and an occasional black. I am not a fast skier, but wouldn’t mind getting faster. Do you think the 147 skis are a right fit for me? Thank you!

    Thank you,