Ski: 2017-2018 Nordica Enforcer, 185cm
Available Lengths: 165, 177, 185, 193 cm
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 184.2cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 133-100-121
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 133.5-99-121
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2131 & 2189 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius: 18.5 meters
Core Construction: Poplar/Ash + Titanal (2-Layer) + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): ~59mm / ~13mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Factory Recommended Line: -8.2cm from center; ~83.9cms from tail
Mount Location: Recommended Line
Boots / Bindings: Fischer Vacuum RC4 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 11)
Test Location: Taos
Days Skied: 7[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 15/16 Enforcer, which was not changed for 16/17 or 17/18, apart from graphics]
Each season, it seems that there are a couple of skis that really get our attention, and you can add the new Enforcer to that list.
Three of us at Blister have now spent time on this ski, and all three of us have found it to be surprisingly, alarmingly good.
As Will Brown noted in his preview of the Enforcer, it has seemed recently that Nordica was killing off more skis that we thought were very good than creating new skis that we were genuinely excited about.
But that changes with the Enforcer, and we think that Nordica has a real hit on their hands.
In his preview, Will Brown called the flex pattern of the Enforcer “medium/stiff.” I would agree, but I would emphasize the “medium” side of that medium/stiff. This is not a burly flex pattern, and here’s how I’d sum it up:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9-8
So, while the Enforcer does not have a burly flex pattern, it has a very nice flex pattern. No hinge points, and the tails are not that much stiffer than the shovels—there is a nice consistency.
If I were to sum up the 185cm Enforcer in three words, I would go with: Quick, Smooth, Stable.
There are a lot of quick skis out there, and there are a lot of stable skis out there. But there is nothing we have skied in the 98-100mm underfoot class that quite hits this combination, especially when you factor in how remarkably smooth this ski feels. “Buttery” is the term that I kept using, which is not how we generally talk about directional, all mountain skis. The feel here is pretty unique. It’s hard to overstate just how nice this ski feels (and behaves) on snow—particularly on anything even slightly soft up to fresh, deeper snow…
Groomers / Carving
On slightly soft snow up to super slushy spring groomers, the Enforcer is an absolute blast, and might strike the best balance we’ve seen from any 100mm-wide ski at making big turns at very high speeds, as well as short, quick turns at slower speeds. It’s remarkable, and again, it’s remarkable how smooth the Enforcer feels in either scenario. Butter.
Having said that, when making big turns down very firm, frozen corduroy at very high speeds, I would definitely prefer to be skiing the Rossignol Experience 100, a ski that still offers the best edgehold on firm conditions of any ~100mm ski we’ve reviewed. And in that sense, I’m not going to try to sell you on the Enforcer for its performance on ice.
So if you’re looking for an East Coast ski that thrives on bulletproof groomers, I don’t think the Enforcer ought to be your first choice. But if you’re looking for an east coast one-ski quiver? Then yes, I could definitely see it.
But for carving anything soft at all—even end-of-the-day groomers where slush piles have bumped up the run, the Enforcer was outstanding, provided excellent edgehold, was eager to get on edge, and easy to bend. Smooth, versatile, fun.
Stability vs. Ease & Quickness
We never skied the old Enforcer, but we did ski the Enforcer-Without-Metal: the Hell & Back, so I’ll offer that comparison.
The Hell & Back leaned a bit more toward the ‘stability’ side of the spectrum than the ‘quickness’ side; if you got a bit back seat on the Hell & Back, it could buck you. Less so the Enforcer. The tails are softer than the Hell & Back’s, and they have yet to ever feel punishing or demanding—certainly not when putting them up against other 100mm skis like the 184cm Volkl Mantra or the 182cm Rossignol Experience 100.
So while those tails aren’t as demanding as those other skis, the Enforcer also doesn’t provide quite the same level of top-end stability as those skis, either.
But if you’re a lighter skier, that might not matter. And if you aren’t skiing flat out anyway, then it definitely won’t matter.
And if you are lighter or aren’t nuking everywhere, what you are going to appreciate about the 185cm Enforcer is (1) how quick these skis are—how quickly and easily the ski gets from edge to edge, and (2) how much energy you can get out of the skis.
I don’t know that the skis generate quite as much rebound as the 185cm Hell & Back did (they produced an awesome, alarming amount), but the Enforcer is still a very energetic ski. If the Hell & Back sometimes felt like it wanted to throw me off the side of the groomer when coming out of a deep carve (that’s not a complaint, by the way), the Enforcer justs wants to throw you into the next turn.
And on decent groomers (or perfect groomers), these skis are … smooth. Not super damp, and I could find their speed limit at very high speeds. But on clean, soft, corduroy, these skis are happy to get high on edge and produce a very nice ride.
NEXT: Moguls, Hot Pow, Steeps, etc.