|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||Alpine Touring|
|On Snow Feel|
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Head Kore 105 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski
Head Kore 105 2017-18 Review by A Better Ski
The Head Kore 105 is entering a tough market of mid-width, lightweight skis. What does the Head Kore 105 offer that the others don’t? An alpine feel, beside the weight (sub 1700g), you aren’t sacrificing too much. This ski is going to be a good option for a backcountry tourer that wants a ski that will be able to cross over on piste in a moments notice. Between more powerful touring boots and skis hitting the market in recent years, we are getting closer to the true “one-ski-quiver”.
Head Kore 105 Ski Review and Video
Conditions: Hard Pack, Trees, Bumps, Crud
Boots: Salomon X-Max 120
Ski Personality: Cut from the same cloth as the Head Kore 93, the Kore 105 is a stable touring ski, that is capable of laying out a smooth arch.
On the Snow Feel: Pretty well locked in, doesn’t mean that this ski is super demanding to ski. I wouldn’t call this one playful, but its quick and lively.
Turn Initiation and Carving: For 105mm underfoot, the Head Kore 105 is really quick, I think this has a lot to do with the energy from the wood core, and the reasonable turning radius of 17.8 meters. This one will release its energy, unweighting the skier in between turns and into the next one. Thanks to the rockered tip and tail, the Kore 105 isn’t super demanding, and wont penalize you for lax skiing. I was able to make really quick short swing turns as well as longer GS style turns without much though, simply, tons of fun!
Speed: Thanks to materials like carbon, graphene and Koroyd, the Head Kore 105 is more stable, confident and speedy then its other lightweight counterparts. Just be sure you check that speed before blasting into anything super rough, or the lightweight skis may end up in directions that you didn’t intend.
Powder: Rockered tip and tail, 105mm underfoot, and under 1700g make this a great option for those that are looking for powder in hard to find places. The Head Kore 105 will be a great option for backcountry skiers that are looking for soft snow, but know that they may have to ski junk sometimes.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The stability allows the Head Kore 105 to cut through crud well, it just lacks the mass to really charge as things get hairy…but is it fair to judge a sub 1700g ski on this?
Trees/Bumps/Tight turns: The 189cm Head Kore 105 was a little long to really enjoy the tight stuff, if I was skiing this in places where I expected tight trees or chutes, I would opt for the 180cm, although I do wish they offered the Head Kore 105 in a 185cm.
Edge Hold: Torsional stiffness keeps this ski on track and heading in the right direction, as you lay the ski over you can tell that the effective edge is growing and becoming more confident. Never unsure of itself allows you to drive hard into firm snow.
Flex: Stiff underfoot, with a little more compliance at tip and tail.
Intended User: Advanced-expert skier that is looking for the one-ski-quiver for backcountry and that may dip on piste.
Overall: Head hit the nail on the head for west coast back country powder chasers. Falling below my 1800g cutoff for a backcountry ski, the Head Core 105 would be on my short list for an advanced skier, that is not looking for a super demanding ski to ski in the backcountry, but that doesn’t want to give up the confidence on the decent.
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