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Head Skis Joy range continues and expands with the new Epic joining the family for the 2017-18 winter season. Are they epic, joyful or just heading for disaster? Read our review to find out more.
Level
Expert
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Expert skiers looking for an epic ski to advance their technique on piste
Price
£545
Season
2017/18
lengths
163
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
9
Energy
10
Value
8
Edge hold
10
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
10
+
Everything
Nothing

Tag skis with the label 'Epic' and 'Joy' and you have some expectations to live up to. The new addition to Head's Joy range for 2018 keeps the high-end tech materials like Graphene in the picture and produces an expert women's model designed for piste performance. But are they joyful and epic?

The answer is an easy one. 'Yes they are' and in fact, Head should have just named them 'Really Epic and Seriously Joyful'. Expectations would still be met and then some. If you're into zipping around the piste and you're technically proficient, enjoy speed and know how to get the most out of a ski then you've just found your epic joy.

They love absolutely everything you throw at them - rotational style short turns, high speed carving turns, they're reactive skis willing to push the limits. They can handle variable terrain well too, moguls and that softer snow you might find at the side of the piste.

The Epic Joy's are everything you wish for in piste skis - probably suited more towards the expert skier than anyone else, although someone starting to improve or perhaps entering an instructor program for the first time would handle them too.

The classy looking and sleek topsheet rounds it off for us - if anything, it's a little understated for these skis, we want it to tell everyone how epic and joyful the experience actually is. Congratulations to Head for making them, perhaps next time they will name their new skis 'Xxxxing Awesome' and we will even let them off if they perform like this.