Testing skis so you don't have to.
- Mar 5, 2017
Length tested: 158cm
Conditions: Mixed with groomers
When Head introduced the Joy line back in 2014,(wow, has it really been 9 years?) I was impressed with the way Head started from a clean slate, building this women's line from the ground up with light weight construction using Graphene. Even though I took to the Super Joy for her carving prowess, the Total Joy was a bit more popular because with a slightly wider profile, it offered a bit more versatility, but in reality, the Total Joy carves juuuuust fine.
Even though the Joy is one of the best light weight carving skis on the market for women, Head has gone back to the drawing board and has redesigned the Joy line with a slimmed down shovel, lowered ramp angle, a different side cut and construction making these well loved skis damper, more confidence inspiring and powerful than their predecessor.
The Total Joy that I had a chance to ski was a little shorter than I'd prefer to ski, but it with the new construction I found the stability and calmness that was missing from the previous generations. Fortunately, we'll have the Total Joy in our long term test fleet this season in a 163, so we'll get a chance to put her through her paces in a variety of conditions. Stay tuned!
Insider tip: If you're a woman who enjoyed the previous Total Joy but thought it could be a little more stable, then this is your chance to find more Joy in your quiver.
Insider tip: If you're looking for more of a carver, check out the Power Joy
Pat AKA Mustski
Length tested: 163cm
Location: Mount Rose
Conditions: Early season WROD with some soft loose piles mixed in with scraped off slick sections
First of all, this ski is nothing like the previous version of the Total Joy! I never befriended that ski; the chatter made it feel unstable at speed. This new version is terrific - super light underfoot without becoming some floppy noodle. Easy to flex, the Total Joy holds an edge really well and is stable at speed. She switches turn size easily and immediately and has a large sweet spot. I particularly enjoyed the “friendly” personality of the ski - forgiving but responsive! I intentionally took her in and out of loose snow piles onto skied off slick sections to see how she would respond. I expected the edge to slip out from under me, but it held just fine. This ski really is pretty effortless to get on edge. One woman said that she liked it because she didn’t have to “think” about what she was doing. That is a pretty accurate description of the feel of this ski. I definitely want to give the Total Joy a try in some soft snow and some bumps to see how she does. I suspect that she will be a fun playmate in the bumps.
Insider tip: At 135, I'm not really a lightweight skier, but I enjoyed the Total Joy and did not overpower it. It works fine for we more average sized ladies!
- Who is it for?
- A woman looking for a daily driver with an on piste bias but has a bit of versatility
- Who is it not for?
- A woman who's looking for the terrain park
- Skier ability
- Ski category
- All Mountain
- Ski attributes
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