2018-2019 Nordica Enforcer 110

Blister reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110
18/19 Nordica Enforcer 110

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 was not changed for 18/19, apart from graphics.]

Intro

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?

Powder

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Enforcer 110 yesterday, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Nordica Enforcer 110. (photo by Matt Prinster)

Soft Chop

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Nordica Enforcer 110, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

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.

Groomers

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Nordica Enforcer 110, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

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.

Moguls

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Nordica Enforcer 110 for Blister
Luke Koppa on the Nordica Enforcer 110, Telluride Ski Resort, CO.

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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11 comments on “2018-2019 Nordica Enforcer 110”

  1. Hey luke, this is a comment on the QST 130 pro’s that I saw you were on. It’s been hard to find any user feedback and they’ve been a boot that’s grabbed my interest since they came out, is it possible to give me some feed back on how they feel?

  2. I had Schizo’s on mine before putting Pivots on them. Played around with mount point and found +2cm to be so good. Eliminated some of that sluggish feel in tight trees you mention. Allowed me to ski them in a slightly more jibby style but while maintaining a traditional feel overall and still able drive tips. More fun in air. I would say any loss of floatation and stability is minimal. Just have to ski with a slightly more centered stance. At +2cm, I think this is truly a quiver killing ski. Ill be curious to see what you find bumping em forward a bit.

  3. I demo skied these for 4 days last week at Breckenridge in variable conditions. On a packed day, 8″ new day, the cut up day after and 0 degrees at -20 wind chill sticky snow day. While I found them heavy to carry they handled all of the conditions very well. They held speeds as logged by the app at high 40’s well and cut through all snows, crusts and ice. I could not demo the ON3P Kartel 108 that my friend skis and highly recommends. Has any one out there skied both? if so which one would you pick? as they are virtually the same price.

    • Having skied both, I think there are 2 main things that differentiate the Kartel 108 and Enforcer 110. First, the Kartel basically requires a more centered stance (i.e., not pressing super hard into the front of your boots / skis). Second, the Enforcer 110 is much better on ice. In soft snow, both skis are damp, stable, and fairly playful. The Kartel is a better option if you ski with more of a centered / neutral stance and / or prioritize playfulness, while the Enforcer 110 makes more sense for skiers who like to drive the front of their skis and / or will be using the ski on very firm / icy days.

  4. Maybe someone at blister could respond? I am faced with the same decision between the Kartel and enforcer for PNW conditions.

  5. Hi Luke,

    I have recently spent five days on the Mantra M5 at 184 in Mt Bachelor and had an awesome time with the recent snow and temps. The ski performs wonderfully and I am really excited about the ski on every type of terrain except for deeper snow conditions. I have 2013 Volkl Gotamas at 186, which have been my deeper snow skis. I like everything about the Gotamas except the full rocker. I have read many reviews on Blister and elsewhere and concluded that the Enforcer 110 at 185 sounds like a perfect upgrade. I ski all over the mountain (on and off piste, trees, bowls whatever) and love to lay them over on groomers. I would classify myself a high level advanced, like more directional skis and like to drive the fronts (I don’t ski the Gotamas as fast I I do the M5s, so overall speed is not necessarily what I’m looking for. More ease of use, deep snow and all rounder fat ski) . I am 5’10” 200lbs.
    (Helpful info: I demo’d the Black Crows Atris at 189 and did not like the fact that I couldn’t drive the front of the skis and they were super stiff under foot, which was exhausting on the groomers).
    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  6. Hi Rocco,

    I think the Enforcer 110 would be a great option. It’ll float far better than the M5, and you can still drive it and carve it hard on groomers. The K2 Mindbender 108Ti might also be worth a look if you tend to ski a lot of deeper snow as it floats better, still carves very well, and is similarly forgiving. If you spend a lot of your time in tighter terrain, bumps, trees, etc., the Enforcer 110 is probably a better call as it’s a bit easier to pivot. But the Mindbender 108Ti is still pretty easy to slide around, and performs a bit better when things get really deep.

  7. hi Luke
    as i am advanced on piste and intermediate off piste skier which one of these skis would u recommend : this one , armada arv 106, salomon qst 106 and rossignol soul 7. i want to improve powder skills do some jumping staff mainly on/off the piste not in snow park while also be able to ski on the groomer and chopped soft snow.
    its kinda big list of abilities so i need some advice which one will come closest to requirements.

  8. I’ve been looking at the 110s, I was a dyed in the wool skinny skier, skiing the whole mountain on 76mm’s, I thought wide skis were crap after trying Rossi sky7s but then bought some Head venturi 95s with 16m radius that float much better than the 76s and still carve a tight turn. Now looking for even more float offpiste without losing the carve radius.
    More interested in super quick turning than stability at speed so I’m thinking go shorter than recommended for my 1.85m height & 95kg weight, 177s? So hard to find demo skis at all, never mind choices of length.

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