Kore 117

Powder - - SKIS - —Chris Shal­bot

$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.

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