2022 Head Kore 87 Skis

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Head Kore 87 Skis

The Head Kore 87 is a ski that bridges the gap between the frontside and the backside. Narrow enough for day-to-day use at the resort on hard packed snow, but wide enough to take on adventures off the groomers and into some natural terrain, this ski offers on piste prowess with tons of versatility. Just like the rest of the Kore line, the Kore 87 receives an updated construction. It uses a Karuba and Poplar wood core which keeps the ski light while also give it a nice lively feel overall. On top of the core, layers of Carbon Fiber and Graphene are added, along with Head's new Damping Layer to give the ski it's power and robust flex. By replacing the Koroyd layer found in older Kore models with the new Damping Layer, Head was able to reduce the weight of the ski and further improve the ski's stability and smooth feel. Aside from the updated construction and new graphic, the shape, profile and overall feel are essentially the same. Being the narrowest option in the Kore line, the Kore 87 has the least amount of rocker and taper, and has the most camber proportionately. This makes it a much better ski on firm snow and is better suited to those conditions than its wider counterparts. Because there is less taper in this ski, you get more of an extended sidecut which is great for carving as you get better edge hold from the ski. With that said the slight rocker does give the ski some forgiveness, and while it responds well to an aggressive skiing style, it won't punish you for your mistakes.


  • Sidecut: 130/87/110 mm at 177 cm length
  • Radius: 16 meters at 177 cm length
  • Core: Karuba and Poplar
  • Rocker-Camber-Rocker
  • Multilayer Carbon Sandwich Cap Construction
  • Topless Tech
  • Structured UHM C Base
  • Ability Level: Advanced to Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers 


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Trying to decide between the Kore 87 and 93. Could I get some clarification on the performance differences? I'm an advanced-intermediate skier looking to get more adventurous with off piste terrain although I do spend most of my time on piste. I'm also not super frequent or athletic with my skiing habits. Would the stiffness of the Kore line be challenging for someone not skiing frequently?
Question by: Paris on Dec 7, 2021, 11:19 PM
Hi Paris-

The main difference between the two would be waist width (87-99) and powder/ soft snow capabilities. You will get more precision for carving and firmer snow conditions on the 87, but will lose playfulness and float for off-piste terrain that you will gain with 99. We found that the 99 was more versatile for all-mountain capabilities than its narrower brother, and really comes alive with some fresh snow, windbuff, mixed conditions, etc. but can still more than hold its own on firmer snow. As far as stiffness goes, we feel they are both just the right kind of stiffness- not to stiff nor too soft, but just the right amount to appeal to a wide range of skiers. No question, go with the 99.

Hope this helps and think snow!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 8, 2021, 11:12 AM
I ski Tahoe. I am 47 years old, III+ skier. 5’7”, 200 lbs.

I have the Head Kore 111 for powder days.

Trying to decide between the Kore 87 and 93 for my daily driver. I love bumps and trees and going fast on groomers (50 mph+). I am leaning towards the 87 but worried about how it will do in crud and in spring slush. My local shop only has 99s to demo unfortunately.

What do you think?
Question by: Richard Munzinger on Feb 7, 2022, 8:11 PM
HI Richard!
I'd go 93--it just makes a better choice for all-mountain and it's nice to have a bit of extra material underfoot for higher speeds.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 10, 2022, 5:09 PM
Getting back into skiing after a few years off. I'm 23 y/o, 5'10, 185 lbs., with a very athletic build. Used to race Slalom and GS so I love speed and hard carving. Currently bouncing back and forth between these and Atomic Maverick 86 C. Would be mostly for East Coast, but would like to take out west given the chance. What is your recommendation for a fast, versatile option? Open to other suggestions as well. Thanks for the input!
Question by: Mak on Feb 20, 2022, 9:50 PM
HI Mak!
I think the Kore has a higher end than the Maverick. While both light, the Maverick doesn't quite have the stiffness and response that the Kore has. I'd go that route. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 21, 2022, 7:59 AM
I currently have a pair of Head Monster 88 skis that I like. I bought them about 4 years ago used. I'd like to get a new pair but can't seem to find them. Did Head discontinue them? If yes, is there another Head ski or ski made by another company that is very similar to the Monster 88? Should I get Head Kore 87?
Question by: Rudy Petri on Mar 26, 2022, 2:35 AM
HI Rudy!
2021 is the last year I see for those. Kore 87 has similar qualities in terms of shaping, but is lighter. Check out Blizzard Brahma 88, Volkl Kendo, and Nordica Enforcer 88 for more comparable constructions. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 11:21 AM

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