New skis are so fun. It's interesting to see how a company takes a name (the Yumi has been super-popular for about five years) and changes and tweaks the ski to make it better. Sometimes they add something here or there, and sometimes they change the whole thing. The 2021 Volkl Yumi 84 is part of the latter. The only thing that remains the same is the general shape. The build is totally different. Side note: two years ago, they changed the previous Yumi into the Kama and the new ski named the Yumi was actually the men's Kanjo, just with a different graphic, so this isn't the first tweak to the Yumi name over the years. It has, however, remained steadfast in its ability to cross a number of borders in the ski world, offering a huge range of performance to a wide audience. First timers and experts can all get on the Yumi and have fun.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Titanal Power Plate
Groomers, All Mountain
In terms of the build, the 2021 model, a twin of the men's Kanjo 84, gets rid of the titanal band in favor of a glass frame. The titanal band was found in the Kanjo/Yumi as well as the men's Confession (a pretty burly powder ski). The titanal frame, found in the Kenjas, Secrets, and Mantras of the world has proven to be a successful way to build a high-end ski, so the Yumis have taken a page from that. Rather than a titanal frame, they rely on a fiberglass frame. This makes the ski lighter and more maneuverable than the Kenja but it still retains a fair amount of performance and stability. Additionally, the skis also employ a new design attribute taken from the Blaze series. The titanal power plate is found underfoot and extends a bit towards the tips and tails of the skis. Also going edge to edge, the plate not only serves as a binding retention platform, but also a partial metal laminate for increased underfoot stability and edge grip. Combined, these two technologies create a snappy, quick, easy to use ski that can really do a little bit of everything.
In our Covid-19 shortened season, we only got one contributor up on the Yumi 84, but Carly Monahan had a lot to say about it. Skiing the 161, Carly felt the skis ran true to size. She prefers longer skis as well. Her top marks, unsurprisingly, were 5's for quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness. Playfulness, stability, versatility, and overall impression all garnered 4's out of 5. Carly gives some good feedback about the overall performance and character of these new sticks. "I was impressed by the ski's performance and stability in choppy and somewhat heavy snow. For such a light ski, the Yumi 84 fared well in these conditions-it was very responsive and predictable. Never any surprises or a lack of response or quickness. Consistently held its own." In terms of the intended audience, Carly doesn't skip a beat: "I would recommend it to intermediate skiers who find themselves in variable conditions and want a ski they can progress with or to more advanced skiers who want a ski that won't tire them out but rather allows them to still feel secure when skiing a bit more aggressively." The combination of the build, shape, and profile all add up to a well-rounded ski with a lot of versatility in terms of application and user variation.
As previously stated, new skis are fun, and when a company does a nice job of adding a bunch of technologies and build practices that just make a lot of sense, we the skiers are the beneficiaries. Skiers who are looking for something easy for all-mountain skiing and don't want to rip their legs off in the process will love the performance and lightweight stability of the 2021 Volkl Yumi 84's.