Head Kore ski : changes over years ?

snoroqc

At the base lodge
Skier
Joined
Nov 13, 2020
Posts
8
Location
Canada
Allo group, long time reader first time poster.

I tried the Head Kore 93 at a demo last years. Really love it and think it's time to refresh my old friend Blizzard Bushwacker.
Long story short, my local dealer have a brand new 2017-2018 Kore 93.. Any thought about change over the 2020 version ?
 

AlpedHuez

Aspiring Warner Nickerson
Skier
Joined
Mar 4, 2020
Posts
259
Location
Oakland/Tahoe expat in London
OK this is actually something I have been meaning to ask, as I have the 17/18 Kore 93 and it appears they have gone to a full vertical sidewall in recent years, whereas the original has something of a cap construction. I don't think this is just a visual thing since they now paint the vertical sidewall yellow as well. Can anyone confirm if the sidewall is in fact updated in last two years?
[Note: I have updated the bindings this off-season to new AAAttack 13 - not what it originally came with in 17/18]
7DF69AD4-62D6-4D51-8B5E-D665A20797B8.jpeg
 
Last edited:
Thread Starter
TS
S

snoroqc

At the base lodge
Skier
Joined
Nov 13, 2020
Posts
8
Location
Canada
OK this is actually something I have been meaning to ask, as I have the 17/18 Kore 93 and it appears they have gone to a full vertical sidewall in recent years, whereas the original has something of a cap construction. I don't think this is just a visual thing since they now paint the vertical sidewall yellow as well. Can anyone confirm if the sidewall is in fact updated in last two years?
[Note: I have updated the bindings this off-season to new AAAttack 13 - not what it originally came with in 17/18]
According to others sources (blister) no change for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The durability of these ski should be above average due to their constructions (no wood).. Is this true ?
 

Philpug

Notorious P.U.G.
Admin
SkiTalk Tester
Joined
Nov 1, 2015
Posts
26,809
Location
Reno, eNVy
According to others sources (blister) no change for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The durability of these ski should be above average due to their constructions (no wood).. Is this true ?
The core is wood, there is not a cosmetic topskin, hence the "Kore" model name. As far as durability, I have not seen any more (or less) breakage than any other ski in their class.
 

markojp

mtn rep for the gear on my feet
Industry Insider
Instructor
Joined
Nov 12, 2015
Posts
4,322
Location
PNW aka SEA
They've added a bit of metal to the tail to protect the end of the skis to address a durability problem found in the first year of production model . A 'metal' insert/protector was added last season and has changed just slightly for 20-21 (as has the graphic), the ski hasn't changed other than that. The top sheets of the Kore series are somewhat susceptible to cosmetic damage, but haven't seen anything structural at all.

Below shows the difference in this (left) and last year's Kore 99. The 93's are built the same way.
16052831557171966681774228978452.jpg
 
Last edited:

SBrown

The Aggressive Fruit
Admin
SkiTalk Tester
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Posts
6,139
Location
Colorado
^^ Yeah when I bought mine, or perhaps had them mounted, the shop guy warned me to avoid aggressively jamming the tails into the snow because they had some delam issues there. He said things had been addressed/updated, but to still take care.
 

Dwight

Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid
Admin
Moderator
Joined
Dec 13, 2015
Posts
4,597
Location
Central Wisconsin
They've added a bit of metal to the tail to protect the end of the skis to address a durability problem found in the first year of production model . A 'metal' insert/protector insert was added last season and has changed just slightly for 20-21 (as has the graphic), the ski hasn't changed other than that. The top sheets of the Kore series are somewhat susceptible to cosmetic damage, but haven't seen anything structural at all.

Below shows the difference in this (left) and last year's Kore 99. The 93's are built the same way. View attachment 114740
That is nice improvement. My 105s don't have that.
 

markojp

mtn rep for the gear on my feet
Industry Insider
Instructor
Joined
Nov 12, 2015
Posts
4,322
Location
PNW aka SEA
Yes... I sent 3 or 4 pairs of year 1 product to Head for warranty replacement... all were patrollers or tourers jamming ski tails into the snow. Head did a great job getting everyone with an issue sorted out.
 
Top