The new Kore 99 W made our lady shredders feel things—good things. As one tester put it: “This ski has some special sauce that blends a feathery, lightweight feel with a strong backbone.” That special sauce is Head’s winning combination of incredibly light graphene in the tip and tail to reduce weight, a honeycomb-shaped material known as Koroyd that adds elasticity and flexibility to the ski, and a karuba wood core that’s dense yet light and incredibly responsive. These elements make the Kore 99 W a seriously special ski, one that not only performs well all over the mountain and in all snow conditions, but one that will perform for anyone, in all kinds of terrain. The Kore 99 W is the ultimate one-quiver ski for ladies who shred the West. East Coasters worried about the hard snow performance of this wider ski will find that the narrower-waisted Kore 93 W features the same revolutionary technology, but with a sidecut better suited to skiing boilerplate.
STRENGTHS: Versatility, Stability at Speed
WEAKNESS: Hard Snow
Shop Talk 2020: Head Kore W
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