$925 D: 145-117-129mm R: 24.6m
The Kore 117 offers tons of float, but what really stands out is how lightweight it is. Head fuses Graphene—an incredibly strong, lightweight material—to the tip and tail of the ski. A super light and almost elastic honeycomb membrane, called koroyd, is added to the middle of the ski. Rounding the construction off is karuba wood, which punches well above its weight class. The rockered, tapered tip offers the surfy feel I appreciate when I’m coming in hot to tight trees or a blind rollover and need to shut down speed. Camber underfoot and through the tail is resilient, yet didn’t punish me after four days straight of charging bell to bell. I felt I could ease up and still be in control if needed. Basically, in a world where compromises are made to improve a ski’s stability, floatation, or weight, the Head Kore 117 excels above the rest in all three.