Why we chose the Head Kore RS 130: Powerful, energetic, vice-like fit
Last: 98 mm
Cuff Range: 53°
Forward Lean: 9° / 16°
Binding Compatibility: GripWalk / MNC / Tech bindings
Head has totally redesigned their Kore lineup of freeride touring boots for the 22/23 winter season. A brand new ski/hike mechanism offers improved power transfer, and a smoother walk mode. The leaders in World Cup winning boot technology are really flexing their muscles with these boots, and we’re stoked to see it.
Head Kore RS 130 LV Build
The most obvious, and perhaps the most essential, change in terms of uphill and downhill performance is in the all-new ski/hike mechanism. While Head made use of an internal link built into the cuff in the previous models of Kore boots, they’ve now opted for this external ski/hike lever.
It’s a pretty simple, yet extremely effective, design. It features a single lever that can be flipped up and down, like so, to put the boot into either ski or hike mode. Once the lever is flipped down it then locks into this little catch to provide a solid lock out for both fore and aft cuff movements. When you’re looking to go into hike mode then just give the lever a flip up and the cuff is released to a near frictionless hike mode – it’s that simple.
The lever can be adjusted, by taking out a few bolts and rotating the locking bar, to increase or decrease the forward lean adjustment by one degree.
This hike mode lever is quickly becoming the go-to solution for freeride boots. Offering an impressive hike mode with 53 degrees of range of motion, and with very little sacrificed in downhill performance, there’s a lot to like about it. We’re big fans of this solution as it’s simple, repairable and ultimately provides a solid lock for downhill performance. We can totally get why Head has opted to use it here.