Head Great Joy (2016)



Rating: 3.33 / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 98
Tip/Tail/Waist: 141-98-124
Lengths: 153,158,163,168,173

Stability at speed: 3.75 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.64 / 5
Crud performance: 3.73 / 5
Flotation: 2.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.05 / 5
Overall: 3.33 / 5

Testers said the Great Joy is as solid underfoot as almost any ski. But mostly it's light, agile, and graceful. As with all its Joy skis, Head makes much of its featherweight construction. Carbon fiber, a honeycomb composite core, and graphene reinforcement (prized for its strength-to-weight ratio) are employed in a layup of unmistakable lightness. Yet the Great Joy holds an edge like denser, heavier boards. Testers were surprised by its daring stability at speed. Brown Lovell: "The more you give, the greater it is. A great ability enhancer."

NOTES: The Great Joy is the second-widest ski in the Joy Series behind the Big Joy, mainly intended for powder. It has a big, 141 mm tip, 98 mm waist, and 124 mm tail, and a 14.3 m radius (all at 168 m) designed with versatility in mind for both big and small turns. Super Lite Sandwich Cap Construction utilizes Graphene (Head says this is "the strongest, lightest and thinnest material known to mankind") to replace extra baggage in the ski, designed for an easier turning experience. For something similar but wider, check out the Big Joy. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Total Joy, Super Joy, Absolut Joy, and Pure Joy.

The Joy series is Head's women's-specific all mountain series, comprised of six lightweight models that are each packed with technology. Allride rocker lifts tips up and over powder and other varied terrain, designed for floatation and better turn initiation. Women's Camber has a lower, thinner camber profile than other skis from Head that minimizes the skis' construction and intends to make you more connected to the ground for easy turning. Weight distribution is lightened thanks to the integration of Graphene, which is designed to eliminate the need for excess material and make the ski easier to handle. If you're a lady who likes to ski all over the mountain, no matter what mountain it may be, this might be the best series Head has to offer you.

Head, based in Kennelbach, Austria, was founded in 1950. Its U.S. headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.