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We test the unchanged Head Kore 105 against the current crop of freeride innovations

Level
Advanced
Flex Rating
0
Best for
Dedicated freeriders tackling a variety of conditions
Price
£665
Season
2020/21
Bindings?
Yes
Float
10
Versatility
8
Playfulness
8
Energy
10
Value
9
Stability
9
Overall Score
9
+
A hugely capable freeride ski
Not much in-bounds versatility

Head's freeride range of skis - the Kore family - has scored highly with our testers in recent seasons, but being unchanged for 2020-21, does it still hold up?

The key factor in the high performance of Head's Kore range of skis in recent years has been largely down to their LYT technology, which seems to give remarkable stiffness and power transmission to a ski which should feel twice as heavy. The Kore 105 still carries that excellent blend of stiffness and responsiveness, although it perhaps doesn't translate as perfectly in a ski this wide, when compared to the narrower siblings in the family.

Despite the power bristling beneath your feet, the Kore 105 is not exactly playful. There is certainly pop in the construction, and it's pretty easy to manoeuvre the ski but it's just not as lively as say the Kore 99.

Nevertheless, it charges. It can also bounce you out of turns when pushed, but is not great on piste - at least not in short turns. It would be exhausting to spend all day in-bounds on this ski, but that's clearly not what it is designed for!

So while all-mountain versatility might be a stretch, the Kore 105 excels in freeride versatility - it has power for enough for aggressive skiers, excellent float, and lightness and responsiveness for varied terrain.