Expert Review: Nordica Enforcer 94
This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in December 2019.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in December 2019.
The Nordica Enforcer 94s are durable, versatile, all-mountain daily drivers that have well-balanced flex and pop and are great for intermediate to advanced skiers. They hold an edge with authority while remaining damp, smooth, and stable underfoot at high speeds and in the chop.
About this gear
- Model: 2018 Nordica Enforcer 94
- Size: 185cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 155 lbs
- Experience: 25 years
- When I bought these: December 2019
- Days tested: 80
- Mount position: 3cm back from true center
- Boots: Full Tilt Drop Kick Pro
- Boot Size: 27.5
- Bindings: Rossignol FKS Pivot 12
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado (Copper Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain), Vermont (Mount Snow, Jay Peak)
- Terrain: Powder, moguls, groomed trails, trees, terrain park
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was seeking a versatile, all-mountain ski with an edge grip that would hold up better than my park skis. I work as a Freestyle Ski Instructor bringing up the next generation 3-5 days a week and was really looking for a versatile daily driver that would last me season after season. I needed a pair of skis for the season to coach on, and another freestyle coach offered me these skis for a great deal.
Why I chose this gear
The Enforcer 94s seemed more sturdy with a stronger flex, slightly heavier build, and slightly wider underfoot than the Nordica Soul Rider 87s which are my current skis. I was on the hunt for a deal and the Enforcer 94s presented and proved themselves – definitely withstood everything I threw at them! Outstanding edge hold, exceptional versatility, offering a stable feel and especially smooth ride- unmatchable feeling.
What I love about it
- Speed: These skis hold up extremely well at high speeds. They’re quite damp, have no chatter, are smooth, and stable underfoot. Ti stringers, instead of sheets of metal, keep this ski from having any vibrations; tremendous stability.
- Edge hold: They hold an edge with authority whether on hardpack, ice, or groomers, or packed powder. 94mm underfoot waist width provides maneuverability for the ski while carving from edge to edge, offering precise turns. Boost confidence on bulletproof ice with the men's Nordica Enforcer.
- Groomers: The enjoyably shaped carves have made these skis a favorite for me – not too short, not too long of a turn radius, but right in the middle. Features of the ski allow the best-selling enforcer collection to have unrivaled performance at the resort.
- Trees: The Enforcer 94s are quite nimble in the trees and bumps alike, allowing me to pivot with ease while also absorbing those bumps off-piste in a zipper line like a champ. Crud performance in variable conditions as well as hard snow keeps this burly ski a trusted ride in mixed terrain.
- Durability: I really enjoy how these skis have withstood every bit of terrain I stared down during my first season in Colorado. Full edge wrap holds while the full wood core is reinforced with titanal. No matter if it was choppy, half-skied-off snow, groomers, ice, jumps, rails, trees, or powder less than 12 inches, my Enforcers are still kicking!
- Stability: These skis stay smooth, damp, and quiet at high speeds and in choppy conditions. Exceptional performance utilizing titanal (Ti) stringers, a titanium/aluminum alloy, for a combination of strength and playfulness while offering a forgiving ride. Traditional camber provides adequate torsional stability without this ski feeling like it's too much.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: Recommended mounting from the factory is about 10cm back from true-center. If mounted closer to the true center, powder landings turn into somersaults over the handlebars! Early rise tip helps to keep your skis afloat in light powder.
- Park: I’m a tad hesitant to hit the big features switch (skiing large jumps, cliffs, or rails backward) on the Enforcers due to their partial/taper tail rocker or partial twin tail build. I’d prefer a true twin over the Enforcers if hitting jumps switch is your jam! Not the most playful design for freestyle and park skiing.
- Switch riding: I cannot ride or land switch in powder due to the partial tail rocker. There’s not enough tail rocker to ski switch in ungroomed terrain.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite memory on these skis was stomping a Nose Butter Cork 720 on the “moment hip” on the side of a trail at Aspen Highlands in Colorado in front of my whole group of young athletes—it was awesome and the stoke was high!
Value for the money vs. other options
The Enforcers are definitely worth it, because of how durable they are. These skis absolutely hold up to the test of time without feeling too stiff or heavy! If you are looking at other options, K2 Mindbender 99TIs are similar but are slightly wider and slightly stiffer so not quite as maneuverable at high or low speeds.
This gear unlocks legendary performance, all-terrain versatility, high-speed damp, and enjoyably shaped carves. To the bold hot doggers, rad dads, and ex-alpine racers a whole new world of skiing to get creative on! Best choice for aggressive skiers seeking new heights in the all-mountain category.
If you want to see the 2021 version of these skis in action, check out this video by Curated Experts for more information.