Rating: 3.21 / 5
Waist Width: 75
Stability at speed: 3.88 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.64 / 5
Crud performance: 2.64 / 5
Flotation: 1.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.04 / 5
Overall: 3.21 / 5
With its Joy series, Head cuts weight wherever it can, so long as performance isn't affected. The Super Joy's core is Koroyd-a strong but airy honeycomb of plastic. And there's a layer of laminated graphene, the Space Age, Nobel-winning lattice that Head says is extraordinarily strong yet light. Add auto-carve sidecut and a touch of tip rocker, and you get a noticeably lightweight, top- end dicer of groomed. Humes: "Snappy and powerful. A real ski for rippers, but manageable for intermediates."
NOTES: The Super Joy is a middle ground ski in the Joy Series intended for both powder and hardpack snow, but more targeted towards hardpack. It has a versatile, 128 mm tip, 75 mm waist, and 108 mm tail, and a tight, 12.5 m radius (all at 163 m) designed for quick and snappy turns. Its KOROYD-Carbon Construction utilizes KOROYD, a lightweight composite designed to dampen the ski's core and reduce chatter. For something similar but wider, check out the Big Joy, Great Joy and Total Joy. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the 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.