2022 Head Total Joy Women's Skis

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Head Total Joy Women's Skis

Similar to the Kore 87 W, the Total Joy skis have an 85-mm waist but are built more like the front-side ski versus the all-mountain Kore lineup. In this regard, they are light and quick from edge to edge, and hold a strong edge thanks to the shorter turn radius and preference for shorter to medium-sized turns. In fact, the 158 cm length generates a 12.7-meter arc, which is shorter than most competitive slalom skis. As a result, you're going to be spending a lot of your time in a turn-these things do not like to straight-line at all. Not that you'd want to, anyway, as they're on the light side for top-end speed. Built for skiers who use finesse more than power, the Karuba Light wood core is bolstered by both carbon and Graphene for a fantastic combination of strength and stiffness all while keeping the weight to a minimum. Since most skiers spend most of their time on groomed or more manicured terrain, this build and shape comes in handy for a majority of skiers. We always recommend that you buy the skis for the terrain and snow conditions that you actually ski versus those that you want to ski, and in that light, the Head Total Joy makes a whole lot of sense. While best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers for on-trail performance, they're also good for experts who are looking to carve but also want a bit of versatility and adventure available.


  • Sidecut: 134/85/113 mm at 158 cm length
  • Turn Radius: 12.7 meters at 158 cm length
  • Karuba Light Wood Core
  • Graphene and Carbon Laminates
  • Slight Tip Rocker
  • Protective Frame Structure
  • Ability Level: Advanced Skiers

Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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Looking for an upgrade for my 5'6" 115 lb 16 yr old daughter who's currently on a 146 Rossi Experience 76. She's a cautious intermediate sticking to blue groomers in CA and occasionally Utah so we do get a few inches of powder on the groomers to go with the afternoon mashed potatoes. She's still progressing and working on turns so I'm a little nervous on adding too much length and width at the same time, so wondering which the better option might be between the Total Joy in the 153 or 154 Elan Ripstick 88? I've checked out both and the Elan which seems to have more flex but is actually 156cm long, 3mm wider with less camber under foot, so not sure about effective edge length comparison and which turns easier. It's a pretty substantial jump in size and width. Looking for something that floats her better in the crud, more stability at speed, and yet still easy to turn and progress. I just want to make sure she still has fun without being overwhelmed. Help please!
Question by: Jeff on Mar 17, 2022, 2:11 PM
HI Jeff!
The Ripstick is a better all-mountain ski. The Head is a bit stiffer, and I wouldn't worry so much about effective edge or camber in this range of skis. There are a lot of good skis in this mid-80s range, and the Elan is one of the most well-rounded choices. Blizzard Black Pearl 82, Volkl Yumi 84, Atomic Maven 86, and Volkl Blaze 86 are all fair competitors as well. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 18, 2022, 10:36 AM
I am 5’2 108 #
Looking for correct size of ski before I purchase. I ski blue and black groomers -intermediate skier
Question by: Mary O'Rourke on Feb 23, 2021, 11:14 AM
HI Mary!
I'd go with the 153 in that ski. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 23, 2021, 8:41 PM
I am looking at the 153 or 158 head total joys for my wife. she's fairly new to skiing (2 yrs) but wouldn't call her a beginner. she's skiing the blue runs but likes to take her time with wide turns. she's 5'7 and a strong 160 lbs. she's been renting 150's the last 2 years. thoughts?
Question by: Clay on Jan 15, 2022, 10:01 PM
HI Clay!
Great choice for a ski--easy to turn but still has a higher-end feel. It's quick and agile while having that nicer quality to it. I'd say the 158 would be a good choice in that ski. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Jan 17, 2022, 1:13 PM
I'm 136 lbs and 5'2. I'm an advanced skier and like to ski off piste but need a ski that holds well on the ice. What size would you suggest?
Question by: Gin Weston on Jan 22, 2022, 7:32 PM
Hi Gin,

The Head Pure Joy is an outstanding carver and will certainly hold a great edge on ice and hard pack.

At your stats, go with the 158 cm length.

Have fun!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 25, 2022, 12:53 PM
My wife is a very good skier and is able to ski nearly all conditions but mostly enjoys corduroy and the occasional 3-4” powder runs. She’s a senior at 5’3” 145 pounds. She now skiing Rossi’s (forgot the actual ski name) at 162 L and 84 underfoot. She wants to go shorter and wonders whether the Total Joy 153 or 158 would be the better choice. Thanks for any advice.
Question by: Bill on Jan 29, 2022, 9:22 PM
Hi Bill!
I would say the 153 will be a better choice. It's all about preference, though, and if you're looking to go shorter, my bet is the 153 will be a lot of fun.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 1, 2022, 1:22 PM
Hi, I am 5' 5'' and 120lbs. I had an ACL surgery earlier this year, so I think I am skiing pretty slow and safe on mostly blue and green trails, though multiple ski instructors said that I definitely a solid blue towards black. -- Any thoughts on if this is a good ski for me at this time, and if so, at what length? Thanks!
Question by: Ashley on Feb 21, 2022, 6:46 PM
HI Ashley!
I think you'll like the lightness and ease of use of the Total Joy. Volkl Yumi 80 and Blaze 86 is another good choice to check out. I'd go with the 153 in the Head, and similar in the Volkl. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 22, 2022, 11:39 AM
I’m a senior and have skied my whole life. I stopped for about ten years and started back up last year. At this point I’m probably an intermediate skier. What ski do you recommend and what size? I’m 5’4 and 155 lbs.
My daughter demoed the Head Total Joy and loved them! Your thoughts and recommendations are appreciated. Thank you!!
Question by: Christine Brandt on Feb 28, 2022, 2:09 AM
HI Christine!
It's nice having a light and maneuverable ski that can also have some strong performance as well. Total Joy, Elan Ripstick 88, and Head Kore 85 all make a lot of sense in that realm. I'd look to the mid 150's in length of any of those skis. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 28, 2022, 10:00 AM
Hi, I am 125 lbs, 5'5 and an intermediate skiier, skiings mainly blacks and blues. I ski mostly east coast, with the once/twice a year trip out west. I prefer to stay on the groomers, but am figuring out moguls. I currently have some very thin, very old, 160 cm skis that I don't enjoy. Would you say this is a good pair of skis for me? If so, would you say I should go 158?
Question by: BW on Apr 26, 2022, 4:04 PM
Hi Brandy!

If you prefer technical skiing with lots of turning then you'll really like this ski. It really wants to be turning all the time due to the shape and 12.7 meter turn radius and you can feel it not want to straight line. 85 underfoot is also a great width for people who usually ski groomers and slopes but are thinking about jumping off trail every now and then. For length, the 158 sounds like a good length to me.

Have fun out there!
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 26, 2022, 4:51 PM
Hi, my wife is 5’8 and 135 pounds and beginner to intermediate, is the 163 the right size or should she go with 168?
Question by: Jack on Dec 10, 2022, 2:22 AM
Hi Jack! Thanks for your question, we appreciate you reaching out to us. The 163cm falls in the intermediate suggested range for a skier at 5'8" on sizing chart below. As far as sizing, within the suggested range for your height and ability, the shorter lengths are going to provide easier handling making shorter turns easier but may lack a bit in stability at speeds as well as float. Whereas the longer lengths in the suggested size range will provide more stability at speeds and float but be more ski to handle making shorter radius turns. Ultimately deciding on a length is a personal decision for you to make based on the performance desired.
Answer by: Mike Aidala (Admin) on Dec 12, 2022, 2:52 PM

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