Why we chose the Head Kore 105: Playful, stable, durable
Lengths (cm): 163, 170, 177, 184 & 191
Sidecut (mm): 135 / 105 / 125 mm (184 cm)
Radius: 17.8m (184 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,895g
There’s been quite a few changes to the Kore series of freeride skis from Head since their launch in 2018, with either the construction or shaping being tweaked year-on-year. We’re big fans of this approach from Head as they’re clearly listening to consumer and athlete feedback, and then acting on this feedback in an effort to make the best performing ski they can.
Head Kore 105 Build
The main update came in the 21/22 winter season, where the range saw a large construction overhaul to get to the point where it is today. This new Kore features a construction that’s now made of a mix of an all-new Karuba-Poplar wood core, carbon fibre with layers of fibreglass sitting on the top, and graphene towards the tips and tails.
While previous Kore skis had made use of the honeycomb shaped Koroyd, the updated Kore skis now feature layers of fibreglass and carbon laminates for a more traditional construction. Last year’s Polyester topsheet has been replaced by a Polyamid topsheet to increase durability.
To further boost durability, the Kore series now feature a chamfered sidewall, where the topsheet slightly folds over the sidewall (kind of like a semi-cap construction). This slightly rounded sidewall also helps to boost the playfulness of the skis by making them a touch softer towards the tips.
Weight has always been a huge selling point of the Kore range, and this continues to be the case for the 22/23 range. The carbon sandwich construction helps to bring the weight down to an impressive 1,840 grams per ski, for the 184 cm length that we tested. That’s a highly impressive number, especially when you consider the downhill performance of these planks.