2018 Head Super Joy Women's Skis 2018 Head Super Joy Women's Skis

2018 Head Super Joy Women’s Skis

The Head Super Joy is a high performance carving ski that doesn’t use metal. Does that not make sense to you? If not, we understand. Traditionally high end carving skis use metal in their construction to increase torsional stiffness and vibration dampening. The downside to metal is it also makes a ski very heavy. Head, on the other hand, has designed the Super Joy using their Graphene Koroyd Carbon Construction and the result is a ski that’s powerful, stable, responsive, and lightweight all at the same time. While the Super Joy isn’t brand new moving into 2018, our testers couldn’t resist getting on a pair and putting them to the test.

Just about everyone who skied the Super Joy was impressed by its quickness and responsiveness. Tami Razinger tested the 163 cm length and scored it 5 out 5 for quickness and torsional stiffness, two attributes that make for a super fun ride. As Tami described it, “The Head Super Joy is really fun to rip all around the mountain. Quick responsiveness, a tight turn radius, and can handle speed.” Tami is an aggressive skier, so if she says it can handle speed you can rest assured it’s true, and is definitely not something that she said about everything she tested. Tami did add that she “wouldn’t recommend for powder or off-piste skiing,” and we would agree that the 75 mm waist width is most appropriate for use on groomed slopes. Those looking to get off the groomers should consider a wider Joy model like the Wild Joy. This ski, however, is what Tami called a “fun carver!”

Katrine Wolfgang was also on the 163 cm and agreed that carving performance is the strength of the Super Joy. She scored it 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. Stability and torsional stiffness, in our opinion, are two very important criteria for a carving ski and the fact that Head has achieved such impressive levels without using metal is very commendable. Katrine thought they had “Great edge hold through hard turns,” and just like Tami referred to it as a “fun carving ski!”

It was the responsiveness of the Super Joy that really impressed Elissa DeGolyer. She tested the slightly shorter 158 cm length and described it as “a super springy feeling ski!”   Similarly to Katrine and Tami, Elissa scored the Super Joy 5 out of 5 for quickness and torsional stiffness, but because she found it so springy and responsive it also earned a 5 for playfulness from Elissa. She was “very pleased with how this ski reacted! The Super Joy is ultra light and surprisingly aggressive without any metal.” We agree, Elissa. Just about every aspect of the Super Joy (other than the fact it’s light) is impressive considering it doesn’t use any metal. Do you like to carve? Would you say you’re addicted? Because Elissa recommends the Super Joy for the “carve-aholics out there.”

Head’s Graphene Koroyd Carbon Construction really is impressive and seems perfectly at home in the Super Joy, along with the rest of the Joy skis it’s used it to be honest. The combination of an overall light weight with such high levels of responsiveness, edge hold, and strength is an achievement that Head should be proud of, and the Super Joy is a ski that any carving-enthusiast woman should absolutely check out.

Testers

Katrine Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

Katrine Wolfgang

Age: 53Height: 5'5.5"Weight: 168 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth carving

Tami Razinger Ski Tester Profile Photo

Tami Razinger

Age: 23Height: 5'4"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, aggressive, competitive big mountain skier

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot Image

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 28Height: 5'8"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

29 Comments on the “2018 Head Super Joy Women’s Skis”

  1. Hi There!
    I just demo’d the new version of the 158s (that’s the only size they had at the time) and I loved them, but before I buy, I’m wondering if I should move up to the 163? Unfortunately I don’t think I can test them. I am 5’9″ and 170lbs…. I’m an advanced skier (not expert) but no longer a ‘super-fast’ skier…. I like to carve and have good stability and confidence in my edges. I live in Ontario and we get lots of ice, so these babies need to hold edge! Should I stick with the 158 since I tried them, or is it a safe/sensible move up to the 163 for my height and weight?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kim!
      Just had a similar question from another commenter! I told him that it’s hard for me to talk you out of something that you had a positive experience. Although they’re on the short side based on your stats, it doesn’t make much sense to buy the longer length hoping you’ll like it more. The shorter size has a smaller turn radius, so it does make a difference in the way the ski behaves. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. updated my comnent…

    Hi. I am deciding between the Head Super Joy 148 and Salomon Aira 76 CF 150 and would love your opinion.

    I am an advanced skier in that I have been skiing for years but not a technical skier. Stay mostly on groomed blacks. Am overall agile and athletic. Enjoy some speed, but controlled. And lose confidence in very hard or icy snow. Am 45 years old, and am very petite. 5ft, 94 pounds.

    Thoughts on which would be better for me? And lengths too.

    1. Hi Elizabeth!
      The Super Joy is a bit more precise and requires more of your attention while the Aira is more forgiving and fun. If you’re looking for technical skiing, the Head is a better choice, but if you’re more mellow in your sliding, you’ll appreciate the Aira. I’d say the upper 140’s in those models will be appropriate. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hey, this was the first Review which could help me! But i am still struggling with the length for the Super joy.. I am an intermediate Skier and search for an on pist Ski which is playfull, for short turns. So far i had the head mya Nr. 5 in 156 cm. I liked it, but aint sure if it isnt too long. I am 5’3” and about 125 pounds. In Addition the mya was an old rental Ski and my first Ski. My freeride and touring Ski are between 160 – 165 cm. What would you recommend for me for the Super Joy, i am Thinking about 148 or 153 cm? Thank u soo much.. I barely sleep and testing is not possible..

    1. Hi Nicole!
      I think in the Super Joy, the 153 is the way to go. They’re pretty light, so the 148 would feel jittery I’d think. Get some sleep, it’s a good size!
      SE

  4. Hello!
    I am trying to decide on these skis. I am a confident advanced skier that loves speed. I almost exclusively stay on piste, though I will occasionally go through the glades in a run, and typically ski East Coast. As with East Coast skiing, mostly man made snow, but the snow can get heavier at the end if the day.

    I am looking for a ski that will will give me speed and control during turns. I am 168 cm and about 75 kg. Would this ski be a good fit? If so, would the 168 skin length be a good fit? Thank you for any and all recommendations!

    1. Hi Mac!
      Definitely a strong choice for an on-piste ski. You’ll get a bit of lag/drag in softer snow, but if the woods are packed out, they’ll be just fine. I’d look to either the 163 or 168 depending on your level of aggressiveness. Sounds like you enjoy skiing fast, so I’d say the 168 is the right length for your application. Have fun!
      SE

  5. I am 5 foot 9. I am intermediate skier – very comfortable on all blues and most black but don’t do any crazy stuff and never do moguls. My husband got me the joys bc I loved the demos last year. He got the 158s. I’m worried they will be too short. What do you think? I think I usually rent a 160 or 165 but I’m not sure if with this ski it makes a difference to go up or not. We are on east coast so need it for a mix of terrain. We go to Colorado once in a while and hoping these will work on the groined slopes out there.

    1. Hi Elizabeth!
      They’re on the short side, but I don’t think too short. Versus a 160 you usually rent, they’re only 2 cm shorter, and with a better performance level, I think you’ll really enjoy them. Have fun!
      SE

  6. hello!
    I’m considering these ski’s, I’m 55 kg and 173 cm. Last year I used my mother’s skies which were 153 cm, so defenitly too short.
    I consider my self an advanced skier (I went skiing every year since I was 5 years old, now I’m 21), I like to go fast (I reached 110 km/h) but on normal slopes around 60/70 km/h I think. I stay most of the time on the piste, but sometimes I also like to go off the piste in the heavy snow.
    Do you think those skies are nice for me? and which size? (I thought either the 158 or 163 cm)
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Renske!
      If you’re hitting some high speeds, I’d think the 163 would be good for you! Have fun!
      SE

    2. Hi there,
      I am an expert skier who loves speed on piste. I do not like bumps and am not much of an off piste girl as I have a terrible back (3 popped discs).
      Last year I also had a ski accident and did about as much damage as one can do to me knee – you just recovering from ACL reconstruction, meniscus tearing, etc, etc!
      Can you please advise which “Joy” ski would be best for me? I am thinking Super Joy or Wild Joy but cannot really ascertain the difference between them .
      Thanks so much.
      Kate Wilson
      Australia

      1. Hi Kate!
        The Wild Joy is a more all-mountain oriented ski that’s a bit wider and is more serviceable off-piste. The Super Joy is more of a dedicated carver for front side performance. If you’re getting off-trail at all, I’d go with the Wild Joy, but the Super is a nice system for groomers and is lighter and more maneuverable. Hope that helps!
        SE

  7. Dear Dave
    Very helpful to read all the queries above. I’m also considering these Head Super Joy skis – looking for an upgrade. I’m now a confident intermediate advanced skier but have been rather clinging on to my first purchase Salomon origins sun skis (size 159) . They seem to take me through everything and handle short and long turns really well, and carving, but are quite heavy. So I’m looking for a lighter ski that I’ll use mainly on groomed piste but also have to be able to old it’s own in spring snow too (as I’m skiing on mid level European alpine pistes). After research this does seem the best ski for my ability and I’m looking at a 163 (I’m 171 tall and around 62 kilos) as I think the 168 might be too big a change in length. Do you think these skis are good for me? Thanks

    1. Hi Lissa!
      I think you’re right on track with the 163 Super Joy. You’ll love the lightness and quickness of the skis. They may lag a bit in the soft spring snow, but only on the really slushy days. Overall, it sounds like a perfect fit for you.
      SE

      1. Thank you for the reply. I was lucky enough to received them as a birthday gift and they are indeed fabulous- light, fast, fun!!! I’m loving them. Great carvers as expected . They really fly! I noticed the bumps a bit more on some lumpy icy pistes but quickly got used to that. So, very happy with them. Thanks again for the advice and tips.

  8. Dear Dave,
    I am considering the Head Super Joy ski and wanted confirmation that the 158 cm length is right for me. I’m 160 cm tall and weigh about 59 kg. I’m an advanced skier who likes to go fast on groomers. I’m looking specifically for a carving ski as I intend to use this ski in Eastern Canada, while taking my fatties out West. Note my fat skis are a whopping 161 cm and I have no trouble with them at all!
    Thanks,
    Suzy

    1. Hi Suzy!

      Yes, that length should be great for you! As an advanced skier who likes to go fast, you need a ski with some good stability and edge grip, and I think the 158 cm is the ticket. You’ll have a blast on them here in the east!

      Hope that helps.

      SE

  9. Hi,

    I am trying to decide between the Head Super Joy 2018 and Völkl RTM 76 2018. I am an intermediate skier, skiing mostly on groomed runs, looking for a new pair of skies which can act good on powder and bumpy runs as well.
    My style is mostly carving and I am aiming for for 147/148 cm skies (my height is 160).

    What would be your recommendation?

    Many thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Gabriela!
      The Head is certainly lighter than the Volkl. They’re both great at what they do, and you might find the Volkl to be more stable, but if you’re looking for maneuverability and quickness, it’s hard to beat that Super Joy. I’d say the Volkl is a better all-mountain ski whereas the Head is a better groomer ski. Your sizing sounds about right! Happy skiing!
      SE

  10. I am considering these skis for myself but am stuck on sizing (163 vs 168).
    I’m 171 cm tall and 65 kg and consider myself an advanced skier who is aggressive when confident.
    Do you have any insight on what length would be best?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Maureen!
      Given your stats and stated ski ability, I’d say the 168. They’re pretty light, and I think you’d overpower the 163. It’s really only a 5 cm difference, and if you’re a confident and aggressive skier, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the extra stability. Have fun!
      SE

  11. Hi,

    I am trying to decide between the Head Super Joy and Völkl Flair SC. I am an advanced skier, skiing mostly groomed runs. They both sound like great skis for carving, but I am wondering how the Super Joy would go on bumpy and chopped up snow. Thanks!

    1. Hi Amy!

      Both are great carving skis, that’s for sure. I think the Super Joy would do a little better on bumpy conditions. It feels a little more forgiving in our experience. The Flair SC is ultra-responsive, which is awesome when linking carving turns on firm snow, but makes it a little less forgiving.

      SE

  12. I am considering these for my wife after a few recommendations from friends.

    She is a capable advanced intermediate who sticks mostly to groomed runs, though is not a hard charger/carver, however always enjoys a bit of speed. We really only ski East Coast late fall and spring. She is 5’4″ and 180 pounds, so I thought that a slightly stiffer ski might better suit her dimensions. Do you think that the waist width is too narrow for the variable conditions we tend to ski?

    Do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

    Many thanks,

    Dave

    1. Hi Dave!

      How often do you find yourself spring skiing in soft, heavy snow? Those would really be the only conditions where the Super Joy might be a bit tough, just because they get bogged down a little bit when the snow gets deeper and heavier. In the fall, however, when we’re mostly skiing on man-made groomed snow, they would be fantastic. So, if you’re only typically skiing a couple days in heavier spring snow they’ll be fine. If you spend a significant amount of time spring skiing it might be worth going with a ski a little wider. Are you familiar with the Wild Joy? It’s not quite as stiff as the Super Joy, but would definitely support her size and is a wider, more versatile ski.

      Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

      SE

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