Model: Kore 91 W
Overall Ranking: #14
Overall Score: 3.44 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
149, 156, 163, 170
Waist Width (mm)
Stability at Speed
3.86 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.56 / 5
3.43 / 5
3.29 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.5 / 5
3.43 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.5 / 5
3.21 / 5
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There’s a reason they say don’t fix what ain’t broke: People hate change, even if that change isn’t necessarily bad. But Head went ahead and revamped their award-winning Kore 93 W for this season anyway, giving it a slight nip-tuck in the waist and making what was already one of the lightest skis on the market even lighter.
Testers were afraid Head might have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in the process, but we’re happy to report the new Kore 91 W is still a great all-mountain option for ladies of varying ability levels, especially for those who spend more their time mixing it up between the groomed and the trees.
What ladies appreciate most about the Head Kore 91 W is how light it is underfoot, making it easy to manage in all types of terrain—especially in the bumps off-piste and in tight, steep terrain.
“Buying a Kore is like buying a Subaru,” explains Taos-based tester Erika Notrhop. “You know it is a solid and safe choice, it’s just not that exciting until you take it off-road to see what it can really do.”
That doesn’t mean the Head Kore 91 W can’t hack it on the groomed. It’s a reliable tool on edge, it just didn’t light our testers up with its energy on corduroy. “Groomers are fun, but these skis aren’t great in turn initiation or exit if you like precise carving,” explains tester Tracy Gibbons. “Less edge angle is definitely better than high edge angles, and more medium radius turns over large radius turns.”
As one of the narrowest skis in this category, the Head Kore 91 W didn’t win any extra points for flotation, but then, this isn’t a ski for storm chasers—it’s a ski for ladies who aren’t fussy about their ski days and are looking for something that can do it all rather than a ski that excels in one particular area.
The biggest downside to the new Head Kore 91 W is that it now has a smaller sweet spot, which makes it a tad less responsive if you’re not perfectly balanced over the ski. Testers who didn’t find that sweet spot scored the Head Kore 91 W low in Forgiveness, but other ladies who understood the ski raved about its easy handling.
Says Georgie Bremner, one of the testers who clearly understood this ski: “Flat light and a frozen layer underneath the snow but this beauty moved me. I could make gentle, round turns with great hold. If I picked up the pace, they still held and did it all without any arguing.”
In the end, testers deemed the new Head Kore 91 W best suited to the intermediate and advanced skier who knows what a good ski is, but doesn’t want a demanding, burly ski.
- Strengths: Stability at Speed (12th in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (13th)
- Weaknesses: Forgiveness (14th), Crud Performance (14th)