Head Kore 111 Freeride Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

Head has updated their Kore series of freeride skis to create the highly aigle and powerful Head Kore 111

Why we chose the Head Kore 111: Lightweight, powerful, loose 

Lengths (cm): 177, 184 & 191
Sidecut (mm): 140 / 111 / 127 (185 cm)
Radius: 21.1m (184 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,850g
Price: £750 / €850 / $875

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We first came across Head’s Kore series of skis back in 2019 with the original Kore 117. This ski combined an extremely lightweight build (thanks, in part, to a Graphene and Koloryd construction) with one of the stiffest flex profiles we’ve felt in a ski. This resulted in a ski that toured extremely well, while thriving at high speeds on the downhill.

Now for the 2022 winter season, Head has given the Kore series an overhaul with a totally new construction process. This construction has binned the use of Koloryd and replaced it with a full-spanning wood core in an effort to keep performance at a premium. This ski, the Head Kore 111, mixes the powerful build that we’ve come to know and love with a freeride shape to create a ski that’s able to charge through, over and around any terrain in sight – just check out how many FWT podiums Hedvig Wessel has won on these skis.

Head Kore 111 Build

As we’ve already mentioned, the new and updated Kore series of skis has removed the use of Koloryd underfoot. This layer used to sit directly underfoot which, Head claimed, was said to dampen vibrations. Now the skis feature a standard length Karuba and Poplar core throughout the full length of the ski in a return to more traditional dampening methods.

There’s quite a lot going on above and below this core, so bear with us here. Sandwiching the wood core are two carbon fibre laminates that run for the full length of the ski. Graphene (the strongest material on earth) inserts sit at the tips and tails above the top carbon laminate. Two more fibreglass laminates sit towards the top and bottom of this ‘ard man sandwich.

Rather than going for an opaque topsheet, that would cover up all this ski construction brilliance, Head has decided to use a ‘polyester fleece’ that protects the ski from any damage, while offering you a peek into the fibreglass and Graphene construction. This topsheet then caps over the sidewall to provide further protection and durability.

Head Kore 111 Shaping

The Kore 111 carries a 111 mm waist at its heart. It’s a pretty similar shape to the Kore 117 that we reviewed back in 2019 (just with skinner widths, of course) so it carries a fair bit of tapering in the tips and tails (that can be seen in the overview shots) with a subtle rocker profile.

This combination of heavy tapering and a subtle rocker creates a loose ski that’s happy to remain stable at speed – especially when it’s applied to the stiffened up construction.

Who Is The Head Kore 111 For?

Freeride skiing at speed remains at the heart of the Head Kore 111. Head has taken all the experience from creating previous iterations of the Kore line and channelled it into this finely tuned freeride ski. If you put a lot of value into having a powerful ski that’s still able to remain lightweight for touring, then the Kore 111 is going to be the pick of the bunch.

What Is The Head Kore 111 Good At?

Weight: 7/10
Power: 8/10
Soft Snow: 9/10

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