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As the flagship model of Head's perennial 'Joy' family, the Power Joy comes with high expectations - our review shows it delivers

Level
Intermediate
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Piste-lovers looking for carving agility
Price
£620
Season
2020/21
lengths
163, 158, 153, 168
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
10
Energy
10
Value
8
Edge hold
10
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Both effortless and encouraging, with fun and performance to spare
The price is high, but this is a targeted ski

Coming it at a premium price you would expect Head's Power Joy to perform at a pretty high level, especially given the popularity of the other members of the Joy family. As the matriarch of this dynasty, the Power Joy just about pays its way.

Although perhaps not as stable as other skis in the piste category, it carves like a dream, offering excellent edge hold and responsiveness. This is especially evident in short radius turns where the ski whips from edge to edge effortlessly. It almost feels like a self-drive system!

All this makes for a very playful feeling ski - the Power Joy really wants to take you for a ride and the only thing that might hold you back is your ability. Although marketed at intermediates, we would say that strong, high performing skiers would get the best out of this ski. Not that you would need to be 'advanced' in technique necessarily, but looking to ski hard all day and show off your carving prowess.

The look of the Power Joy might divide people, either a cool, dispassionate grey, or 'space age' depending on your point of view.

Recommended for resort-devotees who ski every winter and want a ski to help perfect - and flatter - their carve without compromising on fun. The price is high, but if you fit this profile you'll be pushed to find a better ski.