Now in its third year of existence, the Head Kore 105 is an awesome freeride ski that shows no signs of looking back or slowing down. The skis have the shape, profile, and build to set them apart from a deep and crowded field of ~105 underfoot skis. Soft-snow skis shouldn’t be too heavy, and this is where the Kore really starts to separate from the competition. Built with a Karuba wood core and Graphene, Koroyd, and Carbon laminates, the Kore 105 is a great blend of light and stiff. The spoony shape creates fantastic flotation, with that generous tip and tail taper flowing through soft snow easily and smoothly. They’re still pretty stiff, even for a ski without metal, so beware of the high-performance level. Our testers mainly note that the skis really come to life with a little bit of speed behind them.
One of those testers was Michael Carroll-Sherwin, who skied the big 189. He liked the size, and since they’re fairly light, you can probably size up if you’re in between sizes. He gave the ski a 5 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold, which is pretty impressive for a ski this size and width. Stability got a 4, and he did note that speed had a lot to do with it. “With a full ‘HEAD’ of steam, these skis turn into highway cruisers. Low speed skiing resulted in limited response. Going fast is the key to the Kore 105.” Advanced and expert-level skiers will have the best results, if that’s the case.
Bob St.Pierre skied the 180 but would have preferred the longer length. Regardless, scores of 4 out of 5 for flotation and quickness were recorded. Floaty and maneuverable skis are a lot of fun in the soft snow, so we’re taking this as a pretty nice compliment. Bob calls the Kore 105 a “cool ski with tons of soft-snow potential. I loved the quiet and composed nature of the ski.” In terms of the shapely nature of the ski, the 105 “prefers to be on edge rather than ridden flat.” Some skis just need a bit more activation than others, and it sounds like the Kore 105 is one of those skis.
Evan Caha skied the 180, but didn’t seem thrilled about the size. We’d assume he’d like something longer, but maybe not the 189. He scored it a 4 out of 5 for flotation, as the shape is very accommodating for soft-snow skiing. The rest of his scores were 3’s, indicating that the skis are fairly versatile for how wide they are. While some testers found the 105 to be on the stiff side, Evan notes that the “tips are generally softer than I expected. Good shovel nose design and overall dimensions.” There’s definitely a lot of skiers that like that early taper shape, especially in soft and fresh snow, and it sounds like Evan is one of those skiers.
Annie MacDonald found the 180 to be the right size, and she loved the flotation, maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness of the ski, with all of those categories earning 4’s out of 5. Annie calls the Kore 105 “light and floaty, good in powder. Very easy quick turning for a 105. Good for woods and bumps and pow, but there’s better options for ripping groomers.” No disagreement there, Annie!
A bit wide for a one-ski quiver, the Kore 105 is still a versatile freeride ski that has a ton of potential. Sizing is a bit tricky, as they break every 9 cm. If you find yourself in between lengths, and are an aggressive skier, we’d recommend sizing up. Overall, we’re pretty stoked on the powder performance of the Kore 105, and so are a lot of our testers.