Is this the most versatile Kore? Most would say yes, I’d think, as we typically find the most well-roundedness out of the low to mid-90's underfoot skis. For a fantastic blend of on-trail carving performance as well as a fun and playful all-mountain feel, the 2022 Head Kore 93 has all you need for a one-ski quiver setup. Equally at home on the groomers as it is in the bumps and trees, this ski is agile, predictable, and about as quick as it gets. When you have to make a turn, the Kore 93 is happy to oblige. New for 2022, the Kore 93 gets two sheets of carbon and two sheets of fiberglass to go along with the peppy karuba and poplar wood core. The second, top sheet of carbon is curved to go over the edges, and this gives a three-dimensional performance to the ski, since when you add more than two dimensions to a carbon laminate, it really gets stiffer and comes to life. For advanced and expert skiers who are looking for a more energetic ski, this is a very good thing. New length options as well for this year, and that is great news for skiers who are looking for a bit more of a tailored fit than in years past. Now offered with splits every 7 cm versus 9, the 177, 184, and 191 cm sizes will likely be better options for skiers who didn’t quite fit in a 171, 180, and 189, again, putting the benefit squarely on the foot of the skier.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Multilayer Carbon Sandwich Cap
All Mountain, Groomers
On the 177, Sam Freund noted that it skied true to size and was perfect for him. He had a number of top marks of 5 out of 5, given for stability, quickness, maneuverability, versatility, and overall impression. Very good start to the scorecard for Sam. 4’s dominated the rest of the card, given for flotation, playfulness, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. For a ski that’s supposed to do everything well, this Kore 93 has thus far exceeded Sam’s expectations for sure. He notes that he was “Blown away. It's nothing like previous models, and thank goodness. They took all the koroyd out, and the wood core makes for a light, playful ski, built into the trusted body of the older Kore. 10 out of 10, would recommend to any New England skier.” We do see a fair number of these Kore 93’s on our home hill in Stowe, Vermont, so yes, we agree with Sam that these make an awesome east coast ski.
Brad Schauerman also skied the 177, noting that it was a good length for him, and also is his size in his personal Nordica Enforcer 100, so it’s great to see the comparison. Brad had a handful of 4’s out of 5 to dole out to the Kore 93. Quickness, maneuverability, forgiveness, and versatility all got high marks, with the rest of the categories earning 3’s. While not as consistently high as Sam’s scores, Brad’s were, nonetheless, consistent, and that’s one of the coolest things about these Kore 93’s. In response to the new upgrades to the ski, and the increased energy, Brad notes that “These skis are much improved from the first generation of Head Kores. They have a bit more get up and go than before and feel more "all there". Very light weight and maneuverable.” Those are all accolades that we’d think you’d see in the catalog, and it’s nice when those traits carry through to the feet of the testers. Steve Sulin notes that the 177 skis true and perfect, and his scores mirror Sam’s more than Brad’s. For Steve, 5’s were given for stability, torsional stiffness, edge hold, versatility, and overall impression. The rest of the scores, like Sam’s, were all 4’s. Steve waxes nostalgic about the life story of the Kore 93: “Sometimes you need to go back and ski stuff again to remember how good a ski is. This one rocks. Quick, playful, and fun.” If you’re in the market for something like that, then these Kore 93’s are a fantastic option.
We tend to see skiers in the advanced to expert category having the best time on the Kore 93, and while intermediates will enjoy the lightness of the skis, the stiffness does require a skier with good technique. While accessible for a wide range of skiers, the more technical skier will be able to glean the best performance.