2021 Head Kore 99

Pugski Test Team

Testing skis so you don't have to.
Pugski Ski Tester
Mar 5, 2017
Philpug: Head has put together four solid ski collections (note the yellow/green/red/blue theme). Missing from the Kore up to this point was that fourth ski (the red one), so Head filled the gap between the 93 and 105 with the all-new Kore 99.

Head accomplished what I think it sought out to do, which was to create a ski that has the ease of the 93 yet the float of the 105, a task that sounds simple but is not always easy. There is a softer-snow bias with the new 99, and that is fine; it is easy like the 93, and that is fine, too. The 99 would be a great one-ski quiver for the West or a wider half of a two-ski quiver for the East. Either way, it is a great option in the 98-100mm category.

Insider tip: Head scales its sizes so that all skiers will get the same experience. Shop owners, you have the toughest choice. Chances are, you are not going to stock the 93, 99, and 105, so which two? All I will say…choose wisely.​

Drahtguy Kevin: A new addition to the Kore family this year, the 99 has a nice wide shovel that keeps it on top of the chop and a stiffer feel that brings the power and stability needed in variable conditions. But this isn’t just a soft-snow whip: the grip on groomers and firm snow is remarkable. Arcing turns on the Kore is not a bore. Plenty of quickness and energy make for a stellar ride.

Insider tip: Don’t be afraid to size up. This is an easy-going ski that is lightweight.​
Review updated from 2020
Who is it for?
All-mountain skiers will find harmony in the versatility of the Kore 99.
Who is it not for?
Traditionalists. This ski is different in a good way. Those who like a heavy, damp ski.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain, Powder
Ski attributes
Moguls, Off Piste, Trees, Touring/Backcountry


Available sizes
Sizes: 162, 171, 180, 189
Rocker profile
Camber with tip rocker
Construction design
New graphics only
Binding options
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mtn rep for the gear on my feet
Industry Insider
Nov 12, 2015
FWIW, when scaling up to the 189, the 99 is a big, solid , versatile all mountain ski... where the 180 is more 'fun', the 189 can be a charger for a strong skier.