The 2020 Volkl Yumi returns unchanged from 2019, and many skiers believe that is a very good thing. The skis have certainly developed a following amongst intermediate and advanced ladies who are looking for an agile, fun, and versatile ski for all-mountain use. At 84 mm underfoot, the skis are wide enough for off-piste adventures, moguls, trees, some fresh snow, etc. They’re also narrow enough to hold a precise edge on harder snow. Skiers from a lot of backgrounds and ability levels will find comfort and confidence on the Yumi thanks to the Titanal Band construction, the wood core, and the tip and tail rocker profile. It’s a natural and pleasant ski with a high-performance ceiling, and our testers love the versatility and composure of this great model.
Allison Ruschp skied the 161 and loved the overall nature and personality of the Yumi. She picked right up on the fact that although there’s metal in the ski, it’s not overpowering, nor is it unnoticeable. For this level ski, it’s just the right amount. For Alli, it “feels like a full metal ski with the titanal band but is light weight like a wood core. It’s fun and peppy yet holds a long edge. The shape of the ski makes this a fun carver.” She goes on to note that “it’s hard to tell you exactly why, but I love this ski!” You don’t need a reason, Alli, just keep skiing!
Also on the 161, Katrine Wolfgang thought very highly of the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of the Yumi. All other categories earned 4’s out of 5. Safe to say, Katrine is a huge Yumi fan. Her comments are short, but to the point. She calls the Yumi a “fun ski that held well at fast speeds. They’re stable and maneuverable.” As promised, short and sweet!
Sam Purnell, skiing the 161, loved the length, and thought that the quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness all deserved 5’s out of 5 on the scorecard. While the Titanal Band makes for a nice fore-aft flex, it does leave the edges a bit more exposed for more aggressive skiers. As a result, Sam found the edge hold left a little bit to be desired. That didn’t dissuade her from giving the ski a 4 out of 5 for overall impression, however. Taking it off the beaten path, Sam found some good turns off piste: “Skied mostly in the woods with this ski and it was great for that. Wicked light ski but skied durably with the aggression and speed on the groomers.” That’s a great bit of info from Sam, noting not only the strong points of the Yumi, but also some potential limitations for more aggressive skiers.
Carly Monahan thought the 161 was a bit short, which shows her love for the quickness and maneuverability of the skis. Earning a 5 out of 5, forgiveness was her top score, with a 4 for versatility right behind it. Her comments and quotes echo those sentiments: “A fun, forgiving ski for a less-aggressive skier. They’re lightweight and maneuverable, although I struggled a bit with them at higher speeds.” Certainly a full-metal ski will hold up to higher velocities, but for a ski fo this nature, the Yumi can certainly hold its own.
By appealing to a large audience, the Yumi is a fantastically versatile ski that can be put through the paces regardless of conditions or terrain. The titanal band really holds up and helps the ski reach a high-performance level while the shape and profile are perfect for all-mountain skiing. The Yumi is poised to remain atop a competitive field of all-mountain lady skis.