2020 Head Kore 99 W

Finally! Ladies can ski a Kore 99! They really could have all along, but now Head is making one with a slightly different graphic and some shorter sizes. Having more choices is a good thing, so if you are looking to get into the ~99 all-mountain ski category, you’ll get to add the Kore 99 W to your list. Built just the same as the men’s version, the Kore 99 W has a Karuba wood core with Graphene, Koroyd, and Carbon laminates. This creates a seemingly impossible combination of light weight and stiffness. For advanced and expert ladies, this is a fantastic choice. Since they’re quite stiff, they don’t really lose any torsional stiffness as a result of the wider width. This is good news for skiers who want that wider platform but don’t want to sacrifice carving ability. The Kore 99 W is about as versatile as they come, so whether you’re carving up the corduroy or smashing powder in the bowls, the 99 is a terrific ski with a high-performance ceiling and endless possibilities.

Kristi Brown skied the 171 and liked that size. Her scores all hovered right around the 4.5 out of 5 mark, showing the all-around personality of the Kore 99. She says it’s like a “go-to favorite pair of jeans. They work. You don’t have to second-guess them and they make you look good no matter how you feel.” That’s a wonderful simile, and I think we all understand exactly what Kristi is saying in regards to the performance of these skis.

Darcy Mangan felt like her 162 cm test length was a bit short, but nevertheless, she gave scores of 4 out of 5 for stability and flotation. Those might be 5’s if she got on the size up. All other scores on her card were 3’s, meaning that she too found the Kore 99 W to be a versatile and well-rounded ski. Also noting the change of the appearance, Darcy says it has a “great graphic and is a solid ski. Easy turn initiation and crushes through variable snow conditions. They are somehow playful and solid.” It’s great when a ski has two opposing qualities at the same time—it shows the versatility.

Elissa DeGolyer hopped on the 171 and found it to be a good size. Lots of 5’s popped up on her scorecard, including playfulness, forgiveness, torsional stiffness, and versatility. Strong scores aside, and in regards to the graphics change being the only difference from the men’s ski, she notes: “this is amazing.”

Also on the 171, Annie MacDonald seemed to have a wonderful time. Her overall impression, versatility, edge hold, and stability scores were all 5’s out of 5. All other scores were 4’s, and this is a clear indication of a strong-performing all-mountain ski. She says that the Kore 99 W has “great stability and is light, so there’s good float in powder. Stiff but playful. Overall a great ski in a variety of conditions. Good overall all-around ski for an advanced aggressive girl.” Always nice to see that “stiff but playful” aspect of an all-mountain ski, it really hits home that these are well-built and have that necessary high-performance ceiling.

Kelsey Boleski was on the 171 and even felt as though she could ski a longer length. Her top scores were 5’s for stability and torsional stiffness. Again, we see that for a 99 underfoot ski, having that torsional stiffness and edge hold does not seem to be a problem for this Kore. “These skis rip. They are stiff enough to hold an edge on hard pack, and forgiving when they need to be.”

We have a lot of strong skiers in the test on this ski, and they all felt about the same way as the guys. The Kore 99 W is a stiff and fun ski that has a huge range of qualifications.

Testers

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 133 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Darcy Mangan

Age: 43Height: 5'6"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and happy, just like it should be

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 30Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Kelsey Boleski

Age: 29Height: 5'8"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride oriented with a competitive background

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

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