Rating: 3.32 / 5
Waist Width: 85
Stability at speed: 3.43 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.11 / 5
Flotation: 2.08 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.33 / 5
Overall: 3.32 / 5
Head prides itself on "light done right." The goal is quickness and ease without sacrificing the stability that instills confidence. The Total Joy succeeds. With carbon fiber, an airy composite core, and the thin but strong graphene laminate, it's noticeably light. Yet testers found it plenty stable, and they raved about its playful energy. Its deep sidecut promotes can't-miss carves, its quickness is a joy in bumps, and its graphic was another tester fave. Barnes: "Playful, spirited. The other skis seem so much burlier."
NOTES: The Total Joy is a middle ground ski in the Joy Series intended for both powder and hardpack snow, but more targeted towards powder. It has a versatile, 133 mm tip, 85 mm waist, and 113 mm tail, and a tight, 13.6 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 and Great Joy. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the 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.