For the 22/23 season, Head has completely overhauled their Kore line of freeride touring boots. The all-new Kore series features five new models, built with either a 98 mm last or 100 mm last, and several features designed to improve both uphill and downhill capabilities. These features include a GripWalk sole with a rubber insert at the midsole for off-skis traction, a rebuilt walk mechanism, and buckles that can be locked in a forward position to help enhance mobility on the ascent.
The new walk mechanism is designed to provide a stronger connection between the cuff and shell than their previous design (which only prevented rearward movement when locked) and offers a stated 53° range of motion (vs. 45° on the previous model). In addition, the new boot’s cuff offers forward lean adjustment between a “classic” stance at 16° and a “new” stance at 9°.
Head’s Kore series of both skis and boots have become well known for their use of the lightweight material Graphene, which is reportedly again used in this newest version of the Kore boots. Head’s website states: “Graphene is the thinnest and lightest element ever discovered by mankind. Graphene is also the strongest material on the planet, stronger than diamond and 300 times stronger than steel, all in the thickness of one atom.”
All of the boots within the series feature fully heat-moldable shells, in addition to heat-moldable liners. The new lasts and geometries of the Kore boots are derived from their Formula and Raptor boots.
What Head Says about the Kore RS 130 GW:
“At home in the backcountry and in resort, the new KORE RS boot borrows technologies from HEAD’s legendary racing performance range, giving you excellent power transfer and responsiveness in a backcountry friendly package. Available in two lasts: 98mm and 100mm, to suit all feet and all terrain.”
The 22/23 Head Kore Boot Series:
- Kore RS 130 GW (98 mm last): $1,125
- Kore 120 GW (100 mm last): $1,050
- Kore 110 GW (100 mm last): $925
- Kore RS 105 W GW (98 mm last): $975
- Kore 95 W GW (100 mm last): $850