Front side enthusiasts will love the lightweight and stable nature of the Head Super Joy. Ladies who are looking to maximize their on-trail performance and capabilities should gravitate towards this ski. With a 75 mm waist, it’s pretty well suited for groomed and hard snow surfaces. The turn radius is a paltry 12.5 meters, so you’ll be turning a lot. You won’t be tired, though, given the featherweight nature of the skis. Starting with a wood core and adding Graphene, the Super Joy has a metallic feel but without the metal weight. If you like being on edge and carving throughout the turn, the Super Joy is a must ski. Our testers loved the fact that a ski could be so stable and nimble at the same time. All of our testers skied the 163 cm length.
Kristi Brown had nothing but good scores for the Head Super Joy. She gave the skis all 4.5’s out of 5. Her overall impression stands out, as she’s a pretty accomplished skier. When an expert can glean enough performance out of a ski to have such a favorable opinion, that says a lot about a product. “Super Joyful feeling. Love the look, feel, and reward of the Super Joy. Super carver, pleasurable ride.” These are some superlative ways of describing the Head Super Joy. When a ski company takes it upon themselves to call the ski what it is (or should be) they’re potentially setting themselves up for failure. Not so with Head, according to Kristi, who has seemingly made a ski that certainly lives up to its name.
Katrine Wolfgang loved the lack of heft in the Super Joy. She scored it 5 out of 5 for quickness and maneuverability, and also gave it 4 out of 5 for overall impression. Her grade of 3 out of 5 for forgiveness shows us that although she thought it was light, it’s also stiff. But that’s a good thing for a carving ski, and with that lack of weight, something is needed to keep it down on the snow. She says it is ”by far the lightest ski have tried—turned really fast and easy—should do well in bumps.” Yes that short turn radius will certainly help bring the skis around in the moguls, just so long as you stay atop the center of the ski and not get pushed back by the stiffer nature of the skis.
Elissa DeGolyer had an internal battle with the skis. She called them “Edgy,” as if it were a bad thing, but also gave a very high score for torsional stiffness and edge hold, as if it were a good thing. She commented that the skis have an “early catch on the edge, not what I’m used to” most likely in reference to the very low rocker profile that can and will start a turn pretty easily and effectively. For a front side ski, this is a benefit, but if you’re looking for more all-mountain performance, then you’ll probably wish for less of a turn radius.
Danielle Nichols had a similar take as Elissa. She warns that you “have to be right over your skis in order to stay forward.” If you have a relatively stiff ski with a tight turn radius, then yes, you should definitely have to work a bit harder to glean the same amount of performance out of the skis. Her high score for quickness and maneuverability are no shock considering this commentary. If you are rolling the tip over and it catches right away, then you have to be on it. When you are driving the skis down the fall line, you’ll get that quickness and rebound with each and every turn.
The Head Super Joy does, in the end, live up to its name. Hard skiing advanced and expert skiers will get the most out of the skis, and as long as you are staying in the sweet spot of the ski and are using all of your edges, you’ll get a lot of performance out of these light and fun skis.