Ski: 2017-2018 HEAD Kore 105, 189 cm
Available Lengths: 171, 180, 189 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 188.2 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: not listed
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (189 cm): 1843 & 1847 grams
Stated Dimensions (189 cm): 138-107-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137-106.5-126 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19.6 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 60 mm / 24 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Core: Graphene, Koroyd, & Karuba wood
Base: Structured diecut UHM C base
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.7 cm from center; 82.4 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: currently +1 of Recommended
Boots / Bindings: HEAD Raptor 140 RS / Tyrolia AAAttack² 13 AT
Days Skied: 2
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley, NM
(Plus, check out my initial Kore 117 review for more on the new Kore series.)
But next up in the new Kore lineup is the 105, and we now have a few days on it, too.
About the new Kore 105, HEAD writes, “Prepare to lead your posse with the perfect blend of lightweight and high performance.”
There’s no question that the 189 cm Kore 105 is lightweight. At ~1845 g per ski, that’s pretty stupid light for a 189 cm, 107 mm-wide ski. And we do think it’s accurate to call this a “high performance” ski, and the point of this initial review will be to tease that out a bit.
Dimensions / Stated Sidecut Radius
The 180 cm Kore 105 has stated dimensions of 135-105-125 mm, with a stated sidecut radius of 17.8 meters.
The 189 cm Kore 105 bumps out a bit wider to 138-107-127 mm, with a stated radius of 19.6 meters.
Weight (or Lack Thereof)
At 1843 & 1847 g per ski (in the 189 cm long / 107 mm wide model), we can’t immediately think of another ski that’s this big and this light that is being positioned as a dedicated inbounds ski. But HEAD has been very clear about this: you are certainly welcome to throw an AT binding on this ski, but their aim here — and with all of their Kore skis — is to push the envelope on the combination of low weight & high performance.
For context, here are the respective weights of a number of other skis of a similar length and width:
Weights per Ski (grams):
1843 & 1847 HEAD Kore 105, 189 cm
1957 & 1958 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm
1970 & 1979 Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm
2015 & 2018 Volkl 100Eight, 189 cm
2042 & 2069 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm
2227 & 2249 Moment Belafonte, 186 cm
2265 & 2278 Kastle BMX 105 HP
2230 & 2234 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm
2330 & 2395 Line Supernatural 108, 186
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm
2530 & 2570 HEAD Monster 108, 184 cm
Hand flexing the ski, we would sum it up like this:
Behind the Heel piece: 10-9
And FWIW, here are our numbers for the 189 cm Kore 117:
Behind the Heel piece: 10-9
In other words, these two skis are quite similar, but our pair of Kore 105s feels slightly softer in the shovel and tail than the 117 (I just flexed the two skis back-to-back again to confirm this).
But like the Kore 117, the Kore 105 has a long, stiff section through the ski. It’s tips and shovel are a “7”, and it stays at that 7 (maybe ramps up to an 8) till you get to about the “H” in the HEAD logo. But at that point, we are in 9/10 territory, and like the Kore 117, this flex pattern is no joke.
As a point of reference, I’d say that the flex pattern is similar to the HEAD Monster 108, except that the tip / shovel of the Kore 105 is noticeably softer — there is no “7” on the Monster 108, and the shovels of the Monster 108 are some of the stiffest on the market.
A Few Questions:
#1) In the past, we haven’t loved the combination of really light and really stiff; does the KORE 105 break that trend?
#2) Can we really recommend a ski this light for regular inbounds use?
#3) Who is the ideal user?
#4) How similar / different does it feel on snow to the Kore 117?
#5) How soft-snow biased or firm-snow biased does it feel?
We’ll be weighing in on these questions and more very soon, but for now, go back and wrap your head around the specs of this ski, and check out the rocker profile pics.
NEXT: The Review – HEAD Kore 105