All Mountain Frontside
70 percent on-trail / 30 percent off-trail
An exceptional frontside ski must love corduroy as much as ice, and a steep fall line as much as a mellow one. Our testers raved about the Total Joy’s light, efficient turning ability, the result of a honeycomb construction, and loved its “snappy feel,” which comes from Graphene, the strongest, lightest material known to man according to Head. One tester called them “energetic and somehow intuitive.” She meant that she could “snap them between turns effortlessly and they held a variety of shapes perfectly.” Another harder-to-please tester thought they’d be perfect for intermediates just learning to link arcs down groomers.
Swami gripe: They wobble if you let up.
Swami like: Maintain power, and they track strongly.