Head Kore 93 ReviewDecember 6, 2017
- Easy carver
- Super stability
- Very good All Mountain ski
- Incredible grip
- Not as much float
- Or pop
- Needs to be on edge
- Some testers wanted a beefier ski
Head’s Kore 93, the thinnest, most All Mountain friendly of the brand’s new Kore line, aims to be one of the lightest skis in the category by utilizing unique, weight-shaving materials such as Graphene, Koroyd and Head’s “topsheet free construction,” which eliminates the traditional plastic topsheet. It also features carbon fiber construction and Karuba woodcore for power and dampness, along with Head’s TNT Rocker, with moderate rise in the tail and more pronounced rise in the tip. The Kore has a very unique, stealthy look, like some sort of secret skunkworks helicopter or phantom jet, which the ski matches with its easy-to-access, high-end performance. With “Excellent” ratings across the board, and one pick for “Favorite,” the Kore 93 got its highest reviews for how quickly and smoothly it sinks into a turn, how well the ski holds an edge, its supremely smooth Stability, and its excellent grip. The lightweight feel and propensity to stick short to mid-radius turn – even at slower speeds – also resulted in above average marks for Responsiveness.
Despite its tip rocker, and even more due to the ski’s reassuring dampness, the Kore 93 did not get as high marks for Resort Float in the All Mountain category, nor for its energy and pop. While bumps and light windpack were easy to arc on this ski, it performed at its best on prepared snow and steep hardpack. The “Stealth Carver,” as one tester deemed the Kore 93, is best suited for technical skiers who want to ski the whole mountain with a light, predictable, but powerful ski with vacuum-smooth edge to snow contact. Season passholders and weekend warriors alike will love this ski for how quickly it generates a calm sense of confidence. Or, as the tester who ranked the Kore 93 his favorite remarked, “Head is killing it!”
The Head Kore 93 earned top marks for its Overall classification, including several 10s (out of 10), 8s, and one 6 from a tester who wanted “more sidecut,” and “a beefier tip.” The majority of our testers remarked how stable the ski is, how easy it is to initiate a turn, and how smooth it felt in a carve, with hold and performance that is remarkably easy to access. Head has been experimenting with graphene for a few years now, in its skis and its tennis racquets, where the brand is frankly utilizing this form of carbon better than anyone else. In the Kore line, it’s one of the key reasons the kind of edge grip that in the past you would’ve only found in a ski with significantly more weight.
The dampness of the ski, due to is Karuba woodcore, graphene and Carbon Sandwich Construction did result in a couple dings as far the ski’s overall score for Responsiveness. But that was offset by the effectiveness of the tip rocker, the lightweight maneuverability, and the wonderfully smooth flex. The ski is so easy to initiate, its has super edge grip, and – as long as you like making rhythmic short to medium radius turns – a very predictable swingweight.
Stability is also one of the Kore 93’s top assets, as long as you don’t try to ramp it up to kind of high speeds that a ski like the Blizzard Bonafide demands when you ski it. The damp feel is especially reassuring the moment you get over the surprise that an All Mountain performance ski can be this good as such a lightweight. Some testers suggested it might prefer a lighter, foot-steerers touch, especially on steeper terrain, but the majority spent plenty of time laying down strong medium-radius arcs and got a consistent level of stability no matter how hard they pushed it.
Resort Float was not the Kore 93’s strongest suit, but the ski still earned respectable marks. The early rise rocker meant that even the longer skis we tested were still maneuverable and easy to steer in on and off-piste conditions, although the predominant damp feel of the ski still makes it feel like more a pure carving ski in some conditions (i.e., deeper powder, windblown crud) where it might have benefitted from some more energy and pop.
The way the Kore 93 holds an edge, reliably, confidently, with such a serene sense of control, puts it near the top of the Carving category in its scores, up near the excellent Carving scores Elan’s Ripstick 96. The difference is this ski also provides a bit more of a true All Mountain feel, promising skiers the chance to keep finding new pleasures and abilities to arc effortless turns the more they ski it.Continue Reading
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.