Head KORE 2 W Ski Boot 2020 – 2021 | Review

Love skinning as much as you love skiing? The Kore 2 W will be right up your street

Why we chose the Head KORE 2 W: hybrid boot, women’s-specific, stiff

Flex: 110
Last: 100mm
Forward Lean: 14°
BSL:  293 mm (25.0)
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk & Tech binding compatible

Price: £460

Making waves on the freeride scene and stomping victories on the Freeride World Tour, Head’s Kore series fast became one of the ultimate freeride set-ups. After three years of Kore success, Head are launching a women’s specific Kore boot – the Kore 2 W.

The Kore 2 W adopts the same construction as the original Kore 2 and, other than a lower flex rating, the two boots are almost identical. Whether you opt for the Kore 2 or 2 W, we are excited that all skiers can now kit themselves out in head to toe Kore for a hard to beat freeride touring set up.

Head KORE 2 W Build

Head Kore’s unique graphene infused plastic shell endows the Kore 2 W with high responsiveness for its low weight, and Head’s 90% aluminium buckles shave off extra grams.

This minimal weight (just over 1.5kg per boot) encourages bolt-like ascents. The Head Kore, therefore, really stands out as a hybrid freeride and touring boot.

A ski-hike mechanism located on the boot’s spine integrates the cuff and shell and enables a 45-degree range of motion in walk mode. A buckle lock holds the cuff buckles in position so you can climb in comfort and prepare your boots for descent in seconds, and a 45mm velcro strap provides downhill support.

“Making waves on the freeride scene and stomping victories on the Freeride World Tour”

Dynafit inserts and an optional GripWalk sole make the Kore 2 W compatible with a range of bindings to create your ideal freeride touring setup.

The main difference between the Kore 2 and 2 W is the flex pattern, the Kore 2 operating at a 120 flex and the Kore 2 W at a 110. It is worth noting that the Kore’s flex feels softer than it sounds, potentially due to its thin shell material and minimal weight. Whilst a 110 flex should suit the majority of lighter weight advanced skiers, heavier skiers, experts, and hard chargers might consider going up a flex rating. Worth saying the Kore 2 120 and Kore 1 130 do not offer women’s equivalents in the same flex. This though shouldn’t make too much of a difference, unless you value a slightly shorter and wider cuff.

Head KORE 2 W Fit

Similar in fit to the Atomic Hawx Prime 115 S W, the Head Kore 2 W features a 100mm last. It’s a great mid-volume option for skiers with slightly wider feet, or for those looking to avoid a harsher race-fit boot.

Head’s women’s cuffs are slightly shorter than their men’s range and their women’s liners accommodate wider calves for a pinch-free fit.

“The standout part of the Kore 2 W’s fit is the liquid liner technology”

The standout part of the Kore 2 W’s fit is the liquid liner technology. Alongside traditional heat moulding customisation, liquid fit enables boot-fitters to inject a paraffin-based gel into the shell’s heel and ankle areas. This gel fills unnecessary space and correctly secures your heel in the boot’s pocket, which eliminates unwanted movement that comes with too much room in a boot. A highly customised fit is crucial for high-performance charging downhill, but Head recognise it is equally necessary for uphill climbs to maximise efficiency and comfort.

Who Is The Head KORE 2 W For?

If you love skinning as much as you love skiing then the Kore 2 W will be right up your street. It’s a strong downhill boot in its own right, although expert and aggressive skiers might find the stated flex a little on the softer side than expected. The mid-range fit, advanced-but-not-too-intimidating flex, and state of the art liner technology make the Head Kore 2 W a boot that will suit both a wide range of skiers (and a wide range of skiers’ feet). The Head Kore W 2 will benefit the growing category of skiers who want a true split between touring and freeride.

What Is The Head KORE 2 W Good At?

Touring: 7/10

Performance: 8/10

Versatility: 9/10

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