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Head Kore 117

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Freeride ski test Head Kore 117 2018


Length (cm): 180, 189
Sidecut (mm): 145-117-129
Radius @189cm (m): 24


Terrain: 20% piste - 80% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability at speed: good
Edge hold: very good
Weight: light-medium light

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Freeride ski HEAD Kore 117 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

3 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs


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Light weight pow ski in black

This will be Heads only entry into the wider powder ski market for 2107-18, and technical data was limited at this date. This all black ski states on the top sheet, right under your boot, "Light Weight". Indeed, it does feel very light for this much ski. It has very good edge hold, with moderate-light damping, and good torsional stability.


The carving capabilities of the Head Kore 117 are very good for short and medium radius turns on groomers with consistent conditions, but careful edge engagement is required to prevent chatter, based on this tune. Higher speed carving is fair-good, this skis lighter damping does detract from it's stability.


For a ski with medium-stiff flex, 117 width, and 189 length, lighter weight, and moderate to moderate-light damping, the Kore 117 was surprisingly manageable in bumps, even in firmer conditions. Perhaps it's the magic of "Graphene" in its laminate, that helps this ski in these conditions...


The Head Kore 117, with it's stiffer flex, provides average flotation for its tested dimensions. But, average, should be very acceptable to most, and Head must agree, since this is their only offering in this wider ski market.

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