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
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: Marker Griffon / Salomon QST Pro 130
Days Skied: 6
Test Locations: Telluride, Colorado; Snowbird, Utah; Aspen Snowmass, CO[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Nordica Enforcer 110, which comes back unchanged for 18/19, except for the graphic.]
Since Jonathan Ellsworth reviewed the Nordica Enforcer 110, I’ve now had the chance to spend some time on it in a pretty wide range of conditions. And since I tend to gravitate toward more forward-mounted, more playful skis than Jonathan, we wanted to answer the question of how well the Enforcer 110 works for skiers who tend to take a bit more playful approach to the mountain?
I just spent yesterday at Telluride on the Enforcer 110, the day after a 12” storm that had deposited even more snow in some wind-loaded areas. This was some of the lightest, driest pow I have skied all season, and really it was some of the lightest I have ever skied.
In uncut pow up to around 18”, the Enforcer 110 performed about as expected. I never experienced any tip dive, but I would definitely want a wider ski (like, say, the 115mm-wide Enforcer Pro) for really deep days.
The 185 cm Enforcer 110 felt plenty maneuverable to me in powder, but I think less experienced skiers might benefit from something a bit lighter, as I did notice the weight of the Enforcer 110 when trying to noodle around in powder through tight trees.
One of my first days on the Enforcer 110 was spent at Snowbird, where they had 6” of new, light powder that had fallen on top of the prior day’s 12” of heavy, dense snow.
While the Enforcer 110 definitely feels like a directional ski, it also has a notable amount of tip and tail rocker, and I could easily break the ski into slashes in powder. It’s not the surfiest ski out there, but it does not feel super locked in when skiing pow, either.
Once the powder got chopped up and softer piles and formed, the Enforcer 110’s weight became much more of a benefit. My favorite part about pow days is the (potentially dangerous) confidence it gives me to jump off just about everything I can find. On the Enforcer 110, I could ski at speed through fields of soft chop and not have to worry about straightlining runouts after airs (as long as the chop was still fairly soft).
Firm Chop / Crud
While I could basically ski as fast as I wanted on the Enforcer 110 in pow and soft chop, I could find its speed limit once the chop had firmed up a bit (e.g. late afternoon on a pow day at a resort like Snowbird).
The Enforcer 110 still exhibited better stability in these conditions compared to lighter skis like the Liberty Origin 112, but when I was really trying to push the ski in firm chop, it did start to get knocked around and I felt the need to dial things back a bit. So just as Jonathan said, if maximum high-speed stability is your main priority, this is probably not your ski.
However, I’ve been skiing a lot of lighter 50/50 skis lately, and the bump up in terms of stability that the Enforcer 110 provides was definitely noticeable and appreciated in chop. And at the same time, the Enforcer 110 is still very intuitive, forgiving, and fairly playful.
My first turns on the Enforcer 110 were on firm groomers that transitioned to softer slush by the bottom of the run. Right away, the ski felt very intuitive, and I was very pleasantly surprised by its ability to carve on firm snow. After getting on some more skis in this ~110-115mm-wide range, I can say that the Enforcer 110 is the best ~110mm-underfoot carver I’ve used.
It felt very easy to get the Enforcer 110 on edge and make both small turns and medium to large turns (which is right in line with Jonathan’s experience). On softer groomers, this effect was magnified, and I could get the Enforcer 110 up pretty high on edge.
At the same time, the Enforcer 110 is very easy to slide around — I had no problem breaking the ski free into skids if I needed to check my speed. I think this would be a great ski for beginners or intermediates looking to move from sliding their turns to carving, as it is a very good carver, but can just as easily be slid around.
On clean, soft groomers, the Enforcer 110 feels very smooth, but I still got some pop / energy out of it in deep turns. When the groomers became more inconsistent and bumped up, the Enforcer 110 remained predictable, but it did get knocked around at very high speeds.
Overall, I’ve been super happy with the Enforcer 110’s performance on groomers, especially considering its width.
In moguls, the Enforcer 110 again felt very intuitive and forgiving. It’s pretty easy to pivot and slide them through troughs, and the tail felt supportive but not punishing. As someone who prefers to pivot through moguls (rather than bash through) with the occasional air in more spaced-out bumps, the Enforcer 110 provides a really good balance of maneuverability, forgiveness, and stability. Bigger or more aggressive skiers might want “more” ski, but I think a lot of skiers will get along just fine with the Enforcer 110 in bumps.
Mount Point & Stance
I have been happy with the recommended mount point on the Enforcer 110, and haven’t felt the need to move the bindings. The only reason I’d be tempted to move the bindings forward would be to get better performance in the air (see next section), but since I don’t spin that much, I’ve been fine with the recommended mount point.
While I could comfortably ski it from a neutral stance, I definitely felt like I got the most out of the Enforcer 110 when pushing into the front of the ski. At the same time, the Enforcer 110 was very forgiving if I got backseat. As so many other reviewers have said about the other skis in the Enforcer line, this is one of the line’s most defining characteristics — the Enforcers are pretty stable and can be pushed pretty hard, but they aren’t very punishing when you make mistakes.
Playfulness / In the Air
While the nearly-twinned rocker profile of the Enforcer 110 might suggest it’s some jibby pow ski, it still has a -8.7 cm mount point, isn’t a super light ski, and lacks a symmetrical flex. As a result, the Enforcer 110 does not feel especially light in the air. But that said, I could definitely still throw shifties, taps, and tweaks on the Enforcer 110, it just felt a bit more sluggish than lighter skis, or those with more forward mounts.
The tips / shovels of the Enforcer 110 are soft enough that I could pretty easily press into the them for nollies, but it’s definitely not the poppiest or most lively ski out there. The Enforcer 110’s tails are noticeably stiffer, so ollies off the back of the ski feel less intuitive.
While I wouldn’t be quick to recommend the Enforcer 110 to skiers that like to spin a lot and are coming from skis with mounts very close to center, I have been very happy with the Enforcer 110’s blend of stability, forgiveness, and playfulness. Again, as someone who doesn’t spin a lot but who likes to slash and pop off small side hits and jump off stuff, the Enforcer 110 is a really good fit for me, and I could happily ski it almost every day in a place like Colorado.
During my time on the Enforcer 110, the word “nice” kept coming to mind. While it’s not the chargiest ski out there, it provides very good suspension in rough snow compared to lighter skis. And at the same time, the Enforcer 110 is quite forgiving and fairly playful. It’s just a really nice, dialed ski, and one that I think a lot of skiers will get along well with.
Deep Dive: Nordica Enforcer 110
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