Expert Review: Head Kore 93 Skis · 2021Published on 09/10/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Keehn
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
The Head Kore 93 is a true all-mountain crusher for the intermediate all the way up to the expert skier. Lightweight, stiff, and playful, this ski can be taken nearly anywhere, anytime.
About the gear I tested
- Model: 2021 Head Kore 93 Skis
- Size: 180cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 170lbs
- Experience: 25+ years of skiing
- When I tested these: December 2021
- Days tested: 20+ days
- Mount position: +1cm from recommended
- Boots: Rossignol AllSpeed Elite 130 2021
- Boot Size: 26.5
- Bindings: Tyrolia Attack 14
- Where I’ve used it: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Terrain: Everywhere in bounds at the resort, and on some side country missions as well as on moguls, glades, chutes, groomers, and powder
How it performs
What I was looking for
While demoing the Kore 93 I was looking for a solid all-mountain ski that can carve at high speeds and feel comfortable and quick through bumps and glades.
Why I chose this gear
I work for a ski shop at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and was able to demo these whenever I wanted. This was one of my favorite hardpack skis in our fleet. It had incredible versatility wherever I was skiing, no matter how variable the conditions. My other favorite is the Nordica Enforcer 94, which is a slightly more damp option, but it is certainly heavier than the Kore.
What I love about it
- Speed: This ski is extremely comfortable at high speeds and is a big reason why the Kore is used by the majority of competitors on the Freeride World Tour. The use of graphene and carbon in the core of this ski keeps it damp and chatterless even when pushing upwards of 40mph.
- Edge hold: This ski has great torsional stability (side-to-side) and the edge won’t flutter away from the skier on choppy snow. With a nice tuned edge, this ski can hold an edge like a race ski.
- Turns: The extremely low swing weight of these skis makes almost any kind of turn initiation absurdly easy, even for a novice skier. This allows for easy jump turns in steep expert terrain as well.
- Groomers: The edge hold and turn initiation is superb and this ski can shine like a race ski on a nice groomer.
- Trees: This ski excels in tight trees where quickness and maneuverability is key. The carbon/graphene/Koroyd layout of the core gives this ski the lightest weight-to-strength ratio of any I have ever tested. All three of these materials have some of the highest strength-to-weight ratios available and they keep the ski stiff without the sacrifice of the weight penalty as metal sometimes has.
- Moguls: Similar to its glade performance, the Kore can support even the fastest mogul skiers out there as it is extremely easy to pivot and make lightning fast transitions without getting hung-up.
- Park: The playful attitude of this skis make it feel quite comfortable popping off lips and boosting kickers in the park. The flex and rebound in the tip and tail give this ski the energy to spring off the ground with ease, especially combined with its lightweight.
- Backcountry: Although intended as a resort all-mountain ski, the Kore 93’s light weight makes it a very viable touring option in the backcountry.
- Durability: The Kore was one of the most used skis in our demo fleet and had the least amount of damage compared with most other brands. Most of these skis saw upwards of 70 days a season.
- Weight: The extremely light swing weight makes it easy to spin, initiate turns, jump turn, and make awkward transitions. This amounts to more runs and less fatigue.
- Switch riding: If mounted forward, there is enough tail rocker to ride switch.
- Stability: The graphene and carbon mix keep this ski damp and chatterless even when pushing upwards of 40mph. It also has a lot of energy and pop coming out of turns and popping off features.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: At 93mm underfoot, this ski is certainly not intended to be a powder ski. It does possess ample tip and tail rocker and can float just fine in anything boot-deep or shallower. However, the tips are quite stiff and don’t want to flex and stay above the light powder.
- Park: The Kore is very directionally-shaped and not ideal for freestyle skiing.
- Backcountry: For skiers whose main backcountry focus is powder, this may be a little too stiff and not too floaty.
- Durability: The topsheet can sometimes start to peel.
- Switch riding: The Kore is very directionally shaped and not ideal for riding switch even if it is possible. Switch riding will really only shine on a true twin tip ski with a very center mounted binding.
- Stability: This ski has no metal which means it is not as energy absorbent as some other aggressive all-mountain skis. Riders’ knees are going to feel more of the terrain.
Favorite moment with this gear
Skiing Thunder Bumps at Jackson Hole from top to bottom with these skis is when I really felt their shine. It felt like my knees were lighting fast!
Value for the money vs. other options
The Head Kore 93 comes in at a very reasonable price point compared with some higher-end brands, and it matches the performance of any other top all-mountain ski. Brands like Atomic, Nordica, and Blizzard are all putting out similar all-mountain skis around a comparable price point, and the Kore fits in perfectly.
The Head Kore 93 is a perfect one-ski quiver for almost any type of skier that wants to explore the entire mountain without fear of their equipment letting them down. From small powder stashes in tight trees, to high speed groomers and spring bumps, this ski is a truly versatile weapon.