Some say 50 is the new 40; in the ski world, I'm beginning to think 90 is the new 88. As many of you know, I've been praising the Head Joy line for a few years. Head's lightweight Graphene technology was first used in the women's skis and is now being implemented in the men's lineup. The one area that Head was missing was that magical 88 part of the wall, jumping from the Total Joy at 84mm to the Great Joy at 98mm. But for 2018, Head has introduced the Wild Joy at 90mm underfoot, filling a sweet spot for women looking for a one-ski quiver to make beautiful turns on the groomers and still have the necessary punch when it's time to bust through crud and play around in moguls and trees.
Meanwhile, @Cyrus Schenck at Renoun is returning with the Z-90 built with Hyper Damping Technology, or HDT. This ski continues to amaze me in nearly every condition imaginable, except maybe the deepest powder days. The silky smooth feel gives back what you put into it.
The two trademarked technologies provide very different high-performance experiences. Head's Graphene gives the lightweight Wild Joy deceptive power and strength, whereas Renoun's HDT delivers a damp, smooth ride that makes it worth every penny.
Maybe 90 won't really take over for the ever-popular 88, but these two skis sure make me happy.
- Why choose the Head Wild Joy? You want a great everyday ski that is lightweight and playful.
- Why choose the Renoun Z-90? You are looking for a premium daily driver that delivers unmatched smoothness.
- Other skis in the class: Kästle LX85, Stöckli Stormrider Motion 85, DPS Alchemist Uschi 85.