The Head Great Joy is an aggressive carver with a wide base to play off piste. It seems pretty versatile and capable in a lot of different terrain and snow.
Head Great Joy On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
On the Snow Feel: The ski feels pretty aggressive and was stable on edge.
Powder: We haven’t had the chance to take the Head Great Joy in any deep snow, but with its 98mm waist and big nose, we feel like it would plane and float pretty well. It does have a pretty flat directional tail, so it may not be the easiest to maneuver in deep snow. Still, it should be capable on moderately deep days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: We found the Head Great Joy to be a pretty aggressive ski and it does take a bit of driving to get it on edge. Once there it responds quickly and holds an edge really well. The ski wants to be on edge and we had fun carving longer radius turns. The ski is pretty powerful, and feels like a pretty substantial ski underfoot. It’s quick from edge to edge, but we would call it smooth and stable more than quick and nimble. Still, its light enough to feel maneuverable and easy to pivot. But it really feels at home on edge, and the harder you push it the more it rewards the skier.
Speed: The Head Great Joy holds up pretty well at speed. It has a pretty stable platform and with a nice stiff flex. We found the harder we pushed it the more it came to life. It is pretty light weight, but surprisingly more stable and damp than we expected.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The big nose and stiff flex seem to help smooth out variable terrain pretty well. The light weight made us worry that we were going to get bounced around, but as long as it was on edge, the ski cut through tracked out snow really well.
Bottom Line: The Head Great Joy feels like a pretty aggressive all-mountain carver. It has decent energy, and stability, and rewards skiers that can push it a bit harder. It’s seems to want to be on edge, and carve anything from short to long radius turns. It’s wide enough to also have some fun on soft snow.
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