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Head Kore 117 (2021)

2021 Men's Deep Snow Ski Review

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Brand: Head

Model: Kore 117


Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

145-117-129

Lengths (cm)

171, 180, 189

Radius (m)

24.6

Gender

Male

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.59 / 5

Playfulness

3.68 / 5

Forgiveness

3.54 / 5

Crud Performance

3.82 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.77 / 5

Flotation

4.09 / 5

 

2021 Head Kore 117 Men's Deep Snow Ski
The 2021 Head Kore 117 Men’s Deep Snow SkiPhoto courtesy of Head

The widest Kore ski proved to be best suited to aggressive skiing at Taos. The generous rocker in the tip and tail, combined with the strong-but-lightweight construction of caruba, KOROYD, carbon, and graphene gave testers the ability to ski hard on soft snow and still stay agile in bumpy terrain and tight spaces. Don’t let the feathery weight fool you, the Kore 117 can handle the gnarliest skiers in the world, and loves long hikes to faraway powder stashes.

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Crud Performance

WEAKNESSES: Quickness, Forgiveness

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