The Nordica Enforcer is back for the 2015/2016 season after a few seasons of absence. We had a chance to test out the new Enforcer in the spring of 2015, and are excited about how it performs. The Nordica Enforcer is an all mountain ski that is easy to maneuver, easy to turn, and just feels smooth and stable. At the same time it’s a ski that can charge moderately well. It’s really a well-rounded ski that will cater to a lot of different skiers, and a lot of different styles.
2016 Nordica Enforcer On Mountain Video Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Pack
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The Nordica Enforcer just has this easy going feel to it that’s somehow both stable and playful. It responds well without a whole lot of input, but can also be pushed relatively hard.
Powder: While we haven’t had a chance to test them in deep (12”+), I have no doubt that the Nordica Enforcer would handle pretty well in the deeper snow. At 100mm underfoot, they won’t float like a wide waist powder specialist, but they have a moderate flex, early rise rocker tip, and relatively large “hammerhead” shaped tip. All of these factors will help keep the Enforcer afloat in deeper snow. The tail of the new Enforcer is also slightly raised to help keep them a bit more maneuverable and playful. In the soft chop we encountered on test day the Enforcer was really fun and really smooth.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The biggest surprise with the Nordica Enforcer was just how easy it felt to turn. The ski is very responsive, and as soon as you tip it on edge, the ski wants to turn. The ski was very happy making short to medium radius turns and it felt very quick from edge to edge. At the same time I felt that I could open things up and let the enforcer run. I had no trouble getting the ski to flex into the turn, and it provides a good deal of energetic rebound out of the turn.
Speed: I was a little worried that the Enforcer was going to feel like a one-dimensional ski, but was amazed to see how well it seems to blend playfulness, easy turn initiation, maneuverability, and dampness at speed. It was just as happy straight-lining groomers as it was carving short to medium radius turns. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a super damp ski, but I was pleasantly surprised how stable it was at speed given how easy this ski was to maneuver at slower speeds.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Again the Nordica Enforcer was pleasantly surprising in this terrain. It was such an easy ski to maneuver at slow speeds that I thought there was no way it could be a great crud buster, but the Enforcer provides a damp and stable ride even when the terrain gets roughed up. Everything about it just seemed smooth and easy. It doesn’t require a ton of work to ski, and even in chopped up terrain the Enforcer just did what you asked of it. It’s not necessarily a great crud busting ski, but rather a nice mix of both finesse and power.
Edge Hold: The day we tested the Enforcer was mostly soft, and in this type of snow the Enforcer was fantastic. In moderately firm snow the Enforcer seemed to hold an edge decently well, but it probably won’t be great in really firm snow or ice.
Flex: The flex of the Nordica Enforcer seems to work really well with the shape of the ski. It’s a beefy metal ski but with a soft enough flex that it seems quite forgiving and easy to ski. Heavier skiers may find it to be slightly too soft for pushing it hard, but for lighter skiers like me (158lbs) it was the perfect balance of stiffness and forgiveness. The ski isn’t hard to ski at all, but it can still be pushed relatively hard and hold up just fine.
I think the Nordica Enforcer will fill a very special niche for all mountain skis. It’s a relatively hard charger, but it’s also very easy to ski. Yes it likes to go fast and straight, but it also likes to make turns. It’s has an energetic rebound, and yet can feel super easy going at times. It’s quick, playful, damp, stable, and smooth all at the same time. It’s a great all mountain ski for lighter skiers and I could easily see this becoming a quiver of one ski for all mountain skiers. The Enforcer is definitely in our top five list for favorite all mountain skis for 2016.