2021-2022 Head Kore 117

Ski: 2021-2022 Head Kore 117, 184 cm

Available Lengths: 177, 184, 191 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 182.7 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1920 & 1923 grams

Stated Dimensions: 145-117-129 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 144.7-116.8-128.4 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 24.6 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 73.5 mm / 25 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4.5 mm

Core Materials: karuba/poplar + graphene at tips and tails + titanal binding reinforcement + carbon/fiberglass laminate

Base: UHM C Base

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.85 cm from center; 84.5 cm from tail

Dylan Wood reviews the Head Kore 117 for BLISTER.
Head Kore 117 - 21/22 Top Sheet
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[Editor’s Note: In the interest of getting you information sooner on some of the products we’re reviewing, we’re posting here some of our measured specs and manufacturer details, and will update in the future. Take a look, and let us know in the Comments Section below what questions you’d like us to answer.]

What Head says about the Kore 117

“The KORE 117 holds up to big lines and bigger mountains with power and agility—all in a lightweight package. The unique construction reduces weight without sacrificing performance thanks to a combination of Graphene, Carbon and Karuba wood. The sandwich sidewall construction is enhanced with a new topsheet shape that adds durability. Whether heliskiing, hiking for your turns or catching first tracks, the KORE 117 has the stability and flotation to handle copious amounts of powder.”

[Note: we have the 21/22 Kore 117, which does not have the new updated topsheet.]

What we said about the Kore 117 in our 21/22 Winter Buyer’s Guide

“The entire Kore series got a refresh for 21/22 and the notable changes with the widest ski are that the Kore 117 got even lighter, slightly softer, and its recommended mount point is now significantly closer to center. Overall though, the 21/22 Kore 117 feels very similar to the previous generation. It’s still a very stiff, lightweight ski that can be pushed really hard for how light it is, and that will best suit directional skiers who want something nimble and supportive. Directional skiers will still get along quite well with it mounted at -9 from true center, while those who like to ski a bit more centered will appreciate the new recommended line. The Kore 117 still isn’t a particularly loose or forgiving ski, nor is it very good when it comes to suspension on firm snow. But the Kore 117 remains a great choice if you want a precise, lightweight pow ski that will allow you to ski very aggressively when conditions are forgiving.”

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Kore 117:

Tips: 9
Shovels: 9-9.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 8.5-8

2021-2022 Head Kore 117, BLISTER
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