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2017-2018 Nordica Enforcer 110

Ski: 2017-2018 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 Location: Mt Bachelor, Bend, Oregon

Intro

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.

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister Gear Review.

Jonathan Ellsworth at Mt Bachelor on the Nordica Enforcer 110.

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:

Tips: 5-6
Shovels: 7-8
Underfoot: 9
Behind the Heel piece: 9-8
Tails: 8-7

In other words, while the Enforcer 110 has a fairly strong and nicely supportive tail, this ski has pretty 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.

The Competition?

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.

The Review:

Groomers

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.

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister Gear Review.

Jonathan Ellsworth on the Nordica Enforcer 110, Mt Bachelor, OR.

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.

32 Comments

  1. Keagan January 29, 2017 Reply

    This looks a lot like a stiffer Line Sick Day 110. Having actually seen them do you think that they would perform in a similar manner or are they going to be a vastly different ski?

    • DA February 24, 2017 Reply

      Today I ski’d both the Line Sick Day 110 in a 185 and the Enforcer 110 in 177. I feel like the Enforcer was a lot more “playful” and easier to get on edge….I thoroughly enjoyed the Enforcer. Went back to the Nordica tent 2 different times because I couldn’t get enough….then again could have been the length. I wish I would have tried the Enforcer in 185

  2. Blister Member
    Todd January 29, 2017 Reply

    What’s the story on the 115 Nordica Pro (or at least that’s the name I heard somewhere)?

  3. Don January 30, 2017 Reply

    I was bummed when Line discontinued the Influence 105…one of my most beloved skis. I like the Supernatural 108…what are they thinking?

    • Ian February 6, 2017 Reply

      my thought on line. They make a titanal ski, they make it for 2-3 seasons, then they skip a season of having a titanal ski, and come out with a new one again. Prophet, influence, supernatural. Went from traditional camber to tip rocker, to rocker camber rocker. What’s next? Probably redesign of the titanal insert and maybe they’ll go to the rocker flat rocker as it seems suited to the style of skiing the titanal line skis are oriented at.. directional charging and technical directional skiing thought to broaden the market they have made them more and more playful.

    • Author

      When companies discontinue a ski, you can quite safely assume that it is directly related to sales #s.

  4. Blister Member
    Tom January 30, 2017 Reply

    As at least a bit of a Nordica fanboy (still loving the Hell & Backs!) I’m stoked to see the Enforcer lineup add a 110, but I’m also at least a bit dismayed to see that it includes most (all?) of the excessive tail rocker of the Patron.

    • realw March 6, 2017 Reply

      What is the effect of excessive tail rocker?

      These look like great skis, excited to see how they compare to the 100’s.

      • Alex March 12, 2017 Reply

        The big tail rocker makes the skis ski shorter, which can make it easier to turn such a wide and heavy ski, but can affect edge grip negatively. IMO the rocker wasn’t the problem on the patron(I have them and love them along with their metal counterpart helldorado.) it was that the tails on both skis were pretty soft. The major effect this has is shrinking the fore-aft balance sweet spot. I get in a pretty low stance with both skis to help counteract this, but if you get backseat, the tails may not be able to help kick you back forward. The enforcer 110 and the enforcer pro are attempts to do away with this limitation. I got to ski the enforcer pro today and they were great, but I still love my patrons and helldo’s. for most skiers, these new models do seem like an improvement though.

  5. David January 31, 2017 Reply

    Really liked the enforcer 100 but thought the tail was too soft. Stiffer tail here sounds good but way too much tail rocker for my liking.

  6. StuckathunterMTN on TGR February 6, 2017 Reply

    Looks fun! Maybe heavy, but fun. Big fan of the original 98mm Enforcers with the turned up twintip thing. Anything over boot deep made them feel small and their tails could feel a bit fat, but overall great ski.
    Funny looking rocker/camber profile. Does it work?

    • Author

      We’ll hopefully find out very soon…

      • StuckathunterMTN on TGR February 7, 2017 Reply

        Good to know. Would love to know the actual length. Hopefully it’s actually 185cm, or even 186. One of my gripes with the old Enforcer was that it was really about a 182.

        • StuckathunterMTN on TGR February 8, 2017 Reply

          Would also be interested to know if they’re making a non metal version a la the Patron/Helldorado. 2 sheets of metal is heavy.

          • Author

            I’m quite confident that there are no current plans for a non-metal version, though I don’t know that it’s safe to assume that these will be crazy heavy. My hunch is that they’ll come in lighter than the Helldorado.

  7. JeffL February 6, 2017 Reply

    Should have made this a directional ski-

    • StuckathunterMTN on TGR February 7, 2017 Reply

      To me, that looks like more of a rockered kick tail than anything like a true twin, but maybe that’s wishful thinking.

  8. Michael February 15, 2017 Reply

    This ski certainly looks interesting. I’d also love to see J Skis come out with a 115 ish waisted Metal. Could replace the supernatural fan base.

  9. DA February 24, 2017 Reply

    I demo’d this in a 177 today and LOVED IT! It was very playful yet powered though the soft crud, floated powder nicely, and handled groomers at high speed no prob! I will definitely own this ski as my all around, go to everyday ski. I was also looking hard at the Volkl 100eight but at the end of the day, this Nordica Enforcer 110 had me grinning ear to ear after each run. I also tried Line Sick Day, Elan Rip Stick, Volkl Confession, and an Atomic??…all 104 to 116 underfoot and 177 to 186 in length. By far had the most fun on the enforcer.

  10. John May 3, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought I remembered the Nordica rep at SIA telling me that these actually had a balsa core unlike the poplar (I think) that comprises the Enforcer 100 and 93.

    • Author

      Hi, John – your information is correct (mostly). The Enforcer 110 and Enforcer Pro have what Nordica is calling their “Energy 2 Titanium Balsa” construction, though that “balsa” core in the 110 and Pro is actually a blended core that uses Balsa, Poplar, Beech, and ISO Wood, while the Enforcer 93 and 100’s core is said to be made of just poplar and beech. But yes, Balsa is present in the 110 and Pro, but not in the 93 and 100.

  11. dan May 3, 2017 Reply

    Now that the team has spent some time at Bachelor what would be the one ski quiver you would recommend for the area?

    Thanks

    • Blister Member
      PDX May 4, 2017 Reply

      That is a very good question and one I would love to know the answer to myself as I live in Oregon. I have been eyeing the ON3P Wren 108.

      • Author

        Stay tuned for our next podcast, where Paul Forward, Cy Whitling, and I give our answers to exactly this question… (And thanks for the prompt, Dan!)

        • dan May 8, 2017 Reply

          Thanks for the feedback on the podcast much appreciated

  12. Blister Member
    Scott May 4, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    Interested to see if you’re going to review the Head Rsptor RS140 and if you have tried the zipfit’s in them? I Love my Fischer RC4 130’s. My only gripe is that I can’t crank up the temp in my heated boot bag and those shells are cold.

    • Author

      Hi, Scott — yes, Paul Forward and I have both been skiing the Raptor 140 RS, and our review of them will be going up soon. And yes … I have skied them everyday at Bachelor with zipfits. Zipfit review will be coming soon, too.

  13. Blister Member
    Antony May 4, 2017 Reply

    Looking forward to your comparisons, great review!

  14. JohnY May 5, 2017 Reply

    Wait, Jonathan… did you say revised head monster 108? What’s going on with that? Do I need to buy the current version now!?!

  15. Sandy May 8, 2017 Reply

    Hey Jonathan. Thanks for the review. Is it possible to ask how they compare to the Black Crows Atris? I am looking for something that a balance of solid and fun, and is versatile enough to work well in all kinds of Alpine off piste conditions. Obviously it will not be great in all conditions, but as long as it can hold it’s own. The Supernatural 108 always sounded perfect, but I always wanted to see a longer length. Thanks for any advice you can give.

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