2020 Head Kore 93 W

New for this year is the women’s Kore 93 W. It’s the same as the men’s version, just with different graphics. There’s a lot to love about the Kore series as a whole, and now there’s even more to like. Not that ladies couldn’t ski the Kore skis last year, but now they’re more likely to. With a fantastic combination of stiffness and light weight, the Kore 93 W is a perfect choice for advanced and expert level skiers who are looking for a supremely versatile all-mountain ski. This could quite possibly be the most well-rounded ski on the market in terms of shape, rocker profile, and accessible construction. With a Karuba wood core and laminates made from Graphene, Koroyd, and Carbon, the Kore 93 W is a stable and quick ski, even without the metal. Former racers and highly aggressive skiers still might yearn for that damp feeling of metal, but for the tradeoff of weight, it might be worth the change for a huge number of skiers. Our testers loved the quickness and stability, and it sounds like there’s going to be a lot more women on the Kore 93 this upcoming winter.

Catherine Ferguson skied the 171 and loved the length. She gave all 4’s with the exception of a 5 for overall impression. She calls the Kore 93 W a “very versatile ski overall. I was able to change between fast quick turns and long wide turns. Great for groomers, and can hold an edge on icier conditions. The stiffness of the ski is great for a more aggressive skier trying to ski all terrain. I would recommend these for advanced to expert skiers. I could ski these skis every day!” That’s some glowing remarks from Catherine, as that’s pretty much the goal of a company like Head, to make a ski that the target audience could use all the time.

Ariel Aidala skied the 162 and was a huge fan of the edge hold and maneuverability of the Kore 93 W. “With no metal and some carbon, this ski was surprisingly burly and charging. Super light but still able to hold a great edge and turn on hard pack.” In terms of the Kore 93’s weight and versatility, Ariel “would love to see these with a touring binding on them.” Great testament to the ski’s all-mountain nature, for sure. Sounds like you have to hold on tight, as Ariel states, the Kore 93 W “was pretty stiff for the edge hold. Still hard-charging and fun!”

The 171 suited Nifer Hoehn well, as she scored the skis all 4’s except for playfulness. As it is a fairly stiff ski, this score is not shocking. “Nice solid ski that I would recommend to most women. Good all-mountain ski. I loved the stiffness—felt solid throughout the turn and easy to move around. Not a ton of energy until you get it up to speed.” She also goes on to conclude that the Kore 93 W is a “good ski at all categories.”

Shelby Parenteau skied the 162, and much like Ariel, loved the maneuverability and edge hold of the Kore 93 W. She was all 3’s and 4’s on her scorecard, implying that the ski is a versatile and well-rounded stick. She calls it a “good all-mountain ski for the aggressive skier or the advancing intermediate looking to up their game. Very stable and very quick. On the stiffer side, so I felt like I had to lay them over or else they weren’t entirely forgiving. But they did come around quickly in a turn and felt pretty nimble.” We keep hammering home the fact that they’re quick, and that certainly sets them apart from the other lady’s skis in this category.

Great job by Head to include the other half of the skiing population on its flagship all-mountain models. Their lightness, stiffness, and quickness differentiate the Kore 93 W from its competitors easily and efficiently.

Testers

Shelby Parenteau

Age: 27Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder

Shannon Walton

Age: 37Height: 5'3"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Carving-oriented with some tricks up her sleeve

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Catherine Ferguson

Age: 26Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride and freestyle oriented with a flair for fun

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