Again, the key word here is quick. But the Enforcer 100 also offers a nice ride, too. Even in huge bumps, neither Will nor I ever found the Enforcer 100 to be a handful. Skiing down Taos’s Castor earlier this week, on a mixture of firm and slushy bumps, the Enforcer 100’s were super easy to smear my way down the fall line, or zipper a section of bumps, etc.
Again, this isn’t some comp ski or some straight line machine. But they are energetic skis that you can push pretty hard.
If you tend to ski nice mogul lines where you can pick sustained lines for a while rather than bash your way down the mountain creating lines where there really aren’t any, I think you’ll love these.
And even in very firm, icy bumps, these did pretty well—better than on very firm, icy groomers.
Soft Groomers & Bumps
Here, the Enforcer 100 is absolutely in its element. On soft, slightly slushy groomers, the Enforcer 100 can get enough purchase to produce excellent edgehold, allowing me to lay the skis over (far over) with ease. I was still able to make very fast, pretty big turns, but the 18.5 meter radius of the Enforcer 100 allowed me to also slow things down, make more turns, and still hit high angles. Super fun.
And slush bumps? Again, the Enforcer 100 produces a nice blend of quickness and stability. Get back a little and you will get punished less than if you are on stiffer all-mountain skis. And in good bumps, these are very easy to pivot, and again, the skis feel quite quick.
Deep Slush (Hot Pow)
We have liked everything about the Enforcer 100 in thick, spring slush. Again, get this ski in anything soft at all, and it feels smooth, stable, and quick. It’s a good ride.
We haven’t had the Enforcer 100 in deep pow, but in 12″ of fresh snow, nothing about the ski makes me think it will struggle.
On very firm steeps (Taos’s Stauffenberg), I wouldn’t mind a bit more dampness and a bit more bite out of the Enforcer 100. But get these into slightly softer conditions, and these skis really come alive, are quick, and are really fun.
Deep, Dense Soft Chop
The Enforcer 100 didn’t destroy this stuff, but neither did it fall apart. Deep chop isn’t the ski’s forte, but it is more than serviceable. And if you change it from really deep soft chop to shallow soft chop? Then the Enforcer 100 is back to being quite good.
Shovel / Tip Issues?
Some readers have already asked whether we’ve had any bad experiences with the Enforcer 100’s tips. Answer: None. And Will and I have been skiing the Enforcer 100 through some monster-sized slush bumps at Taos (Spencer’s, Reforma, etc.), where if those tips were going to spear into any moguls, we were giving them a prime opportunity to do so.
But no issues at all, and the shovels / tips of the Enforcer 100 are not something that I think about at all on snow. You cannot pancake the tips of the Enforcer 100 to the ground, as we were able to do with the tips of the 185cm Nordica Patron and the 185cm & 193cm Helldorado.
An Email Exchange I had the Other Day with Blister Mtn Bike Reviewer Tom Collier
Tom: Just got on the new Nordica Enforcer 100. Holy crap is that a fun ski. Eager to hear your thoughts on it.
Me: Guess what ski i was on today for the first time?
Tom: Ha, how was it?
Me: Really fun. I tend to prefer more ski, but I think Nordica nailed it.
Tom: I think the interesting thing for me was how well it suited my weight (160lbs). I ski pretty hard, love jumping off 10-20′ cliffs. I like being able to push 40+ mph through chop, etc., but I usually find typical charging skis to be a bit single purpose for me. The Enforcer 100 was stiff enough for me and had the nice torsional stiffness and damp character that metal brings.
To give you some perspective, I love the 190cm Moment Bibby Pro, and the old, 184cm, 96mm-underfoot Volkl Mantra. I’ve been on a 184cm Volkl Katana for a while, but even at +2, I feel the shovel folds some. I’ve tried a 193cm Blizzard Cochise this year and it has been fun, but is only really fun for me when I’m trying to crush it. I get manhandled by the 194cm Dynastar XXL, but loved the 187cm XXL.
The Enforcer 100 felt a bit like the old, 96mm-underfoot Mantra in terms of being a fairly stable ski that matched my weight and skiing ability pretty well. For me, the Enforcer 100 is just barely damp enough, but I really enjoyed the playfulness they provided. I was popping any lip I could find. I can imagine though, that if I were any heavier I might find them easy to overwhelm.
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Hmmm, we might need to start letting Tom review skis….
I think his comment that the “Enforcer 100 is just barely damp enough” is a pretty great way of putting it. The ski holds up to some pretty hard skiing (and depending on your weight, you might say “to some very hard skiing”), but it never feels like too much ski, too “single purpose” (to quote Tom again) or one dimensional.
Admittedly, I tend to like skis that are arguably a bit more single purpose – the 184cm Salomon X-Drive 8.8; the 13/14 184cm Volkl Mantra; the 13/14 187cm Moment Belafonte, the 15/16 Liberty Variant 113. I like skis that require me to be on my game because I like what I get from those skis: a big top end and a whole lot of stability.
The 185cm Enforcer 100 is not as much ski (nor as demanding) as any of the skis I’ve just named, but what’s exciting about it is how hard you can push it without the ski being demanding.
The new Enforcer 100 is a very quick ski that still provides a good bit of stability without being demanding. It feels very quick edge to edge on groomers for a 100mm-wide ski, it pivots easily in the bumps, and it has a pretty big sweet spot.
On the spectrum of directional, 100mm-wide chargers, this is about as forgiving as it gets, and about as quick & smooth & stable as it gets.
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