2020 Head Total Joy

In the middle of the Joy line is the 2020 Head Total Joy. These 85 mm underfoot carvers are perfectly balanced for intermediate skiers who are looking for a bit of extra width and stability as they advance and progress through the levels. It’s about as easygoing of a ski as you can get at this performance level, and due to the build and the shape, it’s got some pretty high-performance characteristics to it. Built with a Karuba wood core with Graphene, Koroyd, and Carbon involved, the skis have an amazing blend of light weight and stiffness. That stiffness gives the skier proper response in the turn, and you’ll get a ton of energy coming out of the turn. This energy is mostly due to the shape of the tail, which is relatively straight and flat. This more angular shape locks you into the turn and doesn’t like to release until the very end. At that point, you’ll get some great rebound and energy into the next turn. If you’re a fan of front-side carving, you’ll love the 2020 Head Total Joy.

Jascha Herlihy skied the 163 and found it to be a bit short. For an aggressive skier, the skis might be on the light side, and that’s probably what Jascha is finding with her test ski. Her figurative language compares the skis to a Toyota Corolla, insofar as they are non-descript, but pretty much average at everything. As a compact sedan, you’re expected to be light and easy to use, but the reliability is off the charts. Not much phases the Total Joy, as they’re a well-built, solid ski that is good at just about everything, but doesn’t particularly excel at any one thing. For a lot of skiers, not having to think about your skis, and just going skiing is all there really is.

Also on the 163, Mar Kuhnel also found it to be short. As the longest length, these ladies will most likely have to look elsewhere for a personal ski, so if you’re a taller or more aggressive skier, the Total Joy might lack power for you. Regardless, Mar had a pretty high overall opinion of the ski, with her overall impression score being a 4 out of 5. Quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness all got 5’s so there’s definitely a good amount to like about the Total Joy. With no scores below 3, it’s pretty safe to say that Mar was able to take home a good deal of positives from her time on the Total Joy, even at the shorter length. “This felt like a really solid ski for an intermediate skier looking to advance and gain confidence. Super-quick and great for short turns, and it held a nice edge while making bigger turns, even on icier spots that developed later in the day.” Mar pegs the Total Joy as a great choice for intermediate skiers looking to advance.

The 2020 Head Total Joy has a lot going for it. While it doesn’t necessarily excel in any one particular facet of skiing, it is a completely well-rounded and trustworthy ski. At 85 mm underfoot and with a 13.6-meter turn radius, it’s very complementary of the all-mountain intermediate skier looking for something light and easy to use. They are about as uncomplicated as they come, and will be perfect for a huge number of skiers out there on the hill today.


Jascha Herlihy

Age: 19Height: 5'9"Weight: 195 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive and fearless with a playful soul

Mar Kuhnel

Age: 37Height: 5'9"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and strong with a focus on proper technique

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