Ski: 2018-2019 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm
Available Lengths: 169, 177, 185, 191 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 183.4 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2182 & 2218 grams
Stated Dimensions: 140-110-129 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 141-109-131 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 18.5 meters
Construction: Energy 2 Ti Balsa
Core: Balsa / Poplar / Beach / Iso Wood
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 70 mm / 48 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.7 cm from center; ~83.0 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: Factory Line
Boots / Bindings: HEAD Raptor 140 RS / Marker Jester
Days Skied: 3
Test Locations: Mt Bachelor, Bend, Oregon[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Nordica Enforcer 110, which comes back unchanged for 18/19, except for the graphics. And you can now also read our 2nd Look at the Enforcer 110 from 3.21.18]
After the SIA show back at the end of January, this is what I had to say about the new Nordica Enforcer 110, and I’ll include now a few new notes / updates to what I wrote back then, then we’ll get to my review of the Enforcer 110 from our time at Mt Bachelor.
What Is It?
In effect, the Enforcer 110 replaces the Nordica Patron. And we’re psyched about this.
While the Patron is a good ski in many ways and a lot of skiers loved it, it had one of the oddest tips we have ever seen on a ski — we called it “The Spear,” or “The Pancake,” because it’s the only ski we’ve ever reviewed where you could take your ski pole and pancake the tip completely flat to the snow. So when that tip got undulating at speed in bumped-up terrain, that pancake could turn into a spear, and … you get the idea.
Like the Nordica Enforcer 100 and 93, the new Enforcer 110 doesn’t have a spear / pancake tip. And furthermore we are big fans of the Enforcer 100 and Enforcer 93, and the Enforcer 110 looks every bit as interesting. Here’s why…
Flex Pattern / Shape
We’re pretty excited by how strong this ski feels. The tails of the Enforcer 110 are a bit stiffer than the Enforcer 100 — more in-line with the Enforcer 93.
Here is how I would describe the flex pattern of our test pair:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9-8
In other words, while the Enforcer 110 has a fairly strong and nicely supportive tail, this ski has fairly soft shovels. And in a related move that makes sense given the wider width of the 110, it has a deeper tip rocker line (for more flotation in deeper snow), and more tail splay than the Enforcer 100.
It’s fair to say that Nordica did a nice job of altering the shape of the Enforcer 110 to suit it toward improved deeper-snow performance.
Given that LINE isn’t bringing back the Supernatural 108 next season (Sigh. Rest In Peace, good ski), it feels like very good timing for the Enforcer 110, and it’s possible that the Supernatural 108 will end up bearing the closest resemblance to it.
On the other end of things, it’s possible that the new 110 will bear some resemblance to the (softer) J Skis The Metal. But given the weight of the Enforcer 110, I suspect that the SN108 and The Metal will be in play.
Other potentially interesting comparisons will include: Blizzard Cochise, possibly the revised Head Monster 108, Moment Belafonte, and ON3P Wrenegade 108.
On groomers, the Enforcer 110 bears a strong family resemblance to the Enforcer 100, which really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The two skis share a pretty similar construction and a very similar flex pattern. And the 185 cm Enforcer 110 shows the same willingness to make quicker, shorter turns, or to set a strong edge and sit in a turn for bigger, sweeping GS turns.
While the Enforcer 93 is the cleanest carver of the Enforcer series, the Enforcer 100 and Enforcer 110 are also both fun skis to carve.
On end-of-day groomers, when piles of soft snow have been pushed around, the Enforcer 110 definitely has a speed limit. Granted, it is a pretty high speed limit, but if best-in-class top-end stability is what you’re after, it’s not the Enforcer 110. But as I’ve been swapping back and forth onto the Enforcer 110 over the course of the past several days, I keep thinking to myself, “Fairly strong, fun to carve, quite nice.”
Big, Open Bowls (Mt Bachelor’s Summit)
Our first day at Mt Bachelor, things were fully bluebird and basically perfect. There was virtually no wind off the top of the Summit, and there was lots of perfect chalk. In open terrain and good snow like this, this is where you basically just go as fast as possible, making big, sweeping turns. And the Enforcer 110 handled this snow and terrain very well.
I couldn’t really bring myself to slow down and make more controlled turns, but if that’s how you prefer to approach scenarios like this, well that would have been a piece of cake for the Enforcer 110. I promise you, you will have zero complaints.
As for the very fast / big turns approach, the Enforcer 110 performed quite well in forgiving chalk, but at the flatter runout from the bottom of the summit — where the snow turned more variable and got chunkier and grabbier — I definitely found the speed limit of the Enforcer 110. To be clear, I was still absolutely hauling. And those soft tips and tails of the Enforcer 110 lost all composure, and I began to worry that it might end badly. But I tried the same approach on some other skis, and I think that snow at those speeds was going to be a very difficult ask for any ski to handle, and I think the 192 cm Dynastar Pro Rider or the 190 cm Moment Bibby / Blister Pro would have been my top two choices.
NEXT: Trees / Tight Places, Moguls, Etc.