The Nordica Enforcer 93 was launched this season to compliment the Nordica Enforcer. While these skis are very similar, I’d hesitate to just call the Enforcer 93 a narrow Enforcer. As expected the 93 feels edgier and more capable on groomed terrain, while the Enforcer feels a bit more playful and all-mountain capable. I really love the Enforcer, and while I don’t love the 93 quite as much, I still think this will be a very fantastic ski for a lot of skiers. I think if people found the Enforcer to be just a touch wide, or a touch too playful, they may find the Enforcer 93 to be a great alternative.
Nordic Enforcer 93 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Bumps
Ski Personality: The Nordica Enforcer 93 feels like a stable, damp, and powerful front-side all-mountain ski that is capable of varying turn shape and maneuvering better than expected at slower speeds.
On the Snow Feel: The Enforcer 93 feels semi-stable. On edge you can feel the stability and power, but at lower edge angles I felt a slightly playful side.
Powder: I always have a hard time writing about powder performance for narrow skis. On one hand I like to think about how well the tip shape helps initiate turns in deeper snow, and how well it does keeping the ski pointing up. On the other hand, a 93mm ski just doesn’t have the waist width to perform well in powder. That being said, I found the Enforcer 93 to hold up moderately well in 5″ or so of fresh snow. I haven’t gotten it in anything deeper, but in 5″ the ski planes relatively well. I also really enjoy the tail shape in deeper snow, as it allows you to vary turn shape with ease. Is the enforcer 93 a pow ski, of course not. But can it handle deeper snow if forced to, sure.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I think this is where I found the biggest difference in the Nordica Enforcer 93 and the the Enforcer. They have a very similar shape, rocker profile, and even flex. But the Enforcer 93 feels a bit more substantial. Both skis felt relatively easy to maneuver at slower speeds, and turn initiation was smooth and predictable. I just found that I had to drive the Enforcer 93 a touch more to get it to bend. The Enforcer felt more willing to slide and slash turns. That’s not to say that I couldn’t vary turn shape on the 93, it just felt like it wanted to be on edge slightly more than the Enforcer does. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that the Enforcer isn’t a very fun and powerful carver. It’s just that the 93 feels more edgy. So how does the Enforcer 93 hold up to something like the Blizzard Brahma (Another favorite all-mountain front-side ski). It’s been a while since I have skied the Brahma, but I remember thinking to myself that the Enforcer 93 felt more stable and powerful. Both are fun carvers, but the Brahma feels exciting and energetic, while the Enforcer 93 feels powerful and stable. I felt like the Enforcer held up better at speed, but the Brahma was quicker and more exciting at short radius. Overall I felt like they were very similar skis, but if you prefer stability to rebound energy, the Enforcer 93 might have the slight edge. Bottom line, I think the Enforcer 93 was moderately easy to initiate, smooth, stable, predictable, and yet had a lot of power and energy at moderate to long radius turns. It’s not super quick from edge to edge (advantage Brahma), but still exciting and capable. At the same time it has enough tail rocker to make it easy to break free, and when coming in with lower edge angles the ski feels moderately maneuverable. It does take work to swing it around (Advantage Enforcer), but skiers willing to input a bit more will be able to access a sort of playful side.
Speed: The Nordica Enforcer 93 felt quite stable and damp at high speeds. It has a stiff flex metal construction that really does well at eating up negative vibrations. The ski does have a pretty substantial feel, and i never hesitated opening things up. I’d say it’s a touch more stable at speed than the Enforcer, and probably even a touch more capable than the Brahma (although it would probably be close).
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Enforcer 93 is certainly capable in variable and tracked out snow, but this is an area I prefer the wider base and more playful feel of the Enforcer. The 93 has a substantial feel and while it does a decent job of cutting through roughed up terrain, it can feel a bit more like work trying to maneuver through deeper tracked out snow. Still, strong aggressive skiers should find it perfectly capable off piste.
Edge Hold: Advantage Nordica Enforcer 93. This skis feels more edgy than the Enforcer, and even with a pretty significant amount of rocker in the tail, the ski feels locked in on high edge angles. However, I’d probably still give the advantage here to the narrower Brahma.
Bottom Line: While the Nordica Enforcer 93 and Enforcer are very similar skis, I wouldn’t call the 93 a narrow Enforcer. I felt like the Enforcer is best described as a playful charger that is smooth, stable, and extremely versatile. The on the other hand felt like a powerful carver, with a slightly playful side. It too is smooth, stable, and predictable, but didn’t feel quite as easy on variable terrain off piste. I could see this being a quiver of one ski for someone who doesn’t see a lot of big snow. But, how does it compare to one of our other favorite east coast quiver of one skis in the Blizzard Brahma? I’d really love to get back on both of these skis back to back, but until then I’ll say they are quite similar. I do remember the Brahma being quicker from edge to edge, and more lively and energetic at slower speeds. The Enforcer is a touch more maneuverable, but seemed to prefer medium to long radius turns more than short. If you want more power and stability at speed, maybe the 93 is better. If you want more quickness and energy maybe the Brahma is better. Bottom line, the Enforcer 93 is a smooth, powerful, carver, that has a decent amount of versatility.
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