For a park ski they are great and to get around the mountain they are grand. I can't give a ten as they are not perfect, their powder performance is not up to powder ski standard. I would say this is what keeps them from being perfect, even though they are not claiming to be a powder ski.
They are bulletproof in a way that kevlar was better than solid steel: lighter and more maneuverable but will still last the entire clip.
This is a great park ski though I could use a little more width (and found it in the Kama Sutra).
The ski worked well in almost every condition that i attempted (a little narrow at 113-80-105 for powder, they could still take Ontario pow).
Sliding rails is smooth and you can feel the ski lock on. I have not broken on edge off of the Joystick ever. Over the entire summer on the Whistler Glacier i did not even crack an edge.
I did, however, bend the tail end edge into the base by hitting the upright support on a lipslide attempt. I was able to fix it to new like playdough and it did not give me any other problems, even though the lipslide did.
With the stiffness of the ski the halfpipe is great. You can fly into your hits with no chatter and land with stability.
Due to the park appropriate width of the ski landing off kickers in softer snow was a little shaky, but onto solid landings they were solid.
The topsheet graphic is amazing. It is embossed graffiti style, with great colours. I can't read what it says on it, so i hope I'm not promoting cat kicking or anything.
The ski is also light while maintaining its durability.
You pay for quality and you get it.
The previous models last season after season. This year should as well. They are definitely worth the price and the VIST made Movement 614 bindings are amazing. I set mine at 8 and only pop out when I think i should. They work at DIN 12 like a nut and bolt.
Worth the price.
The joystick is a stiff ski with lots of pop. The woodcore kept it's life all through the summer, and since it is the same construction as years past (tough as hell) I will wager $14 dollars that the pop will last into the future. Close to asymmetrical construction finds the tip and the tail of similar flexes. I ride a 1 cm back of center mount and the ski rides the same both ways.
Edges did not crack even with a blunt forced bend and unbend. I have not broken an edge out in three heavy seasons of using the Joysticks, and my current street skis (05-06 joysticks are still intact after concrete ledges).