Expert Review: Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis · 2022Published on 07/13/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis which I purchased with my own money in February 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Bliss
About this review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis which I purchased with my own money in February 2022.
This advanced/expert level ski is a true do-it-all ski. I am a one ski quiver type of person and these skis do that perfectly. They are terrific on the groomers and provide me with enough underfoot support when I am exploring off of the groomed runs. The tip and tail rocker make this one that I don’t have to drive all day. It allows me to have a leisure run in between the runs where I am really pushing the ski and skiing it hard.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Nordica Enforcer 100
- Size: 172
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 160 lbs
- Experience 25+ years skiing
- When I bought these: February 2022
- Days tested: 2 days
- Mount position: Regular
- Boots: 2020 Tecnica Mach 1 120 flex
- Boot Size: 27.5
- Bindings: 2019 Marker Griffon 13
- Where I’ve used it: Vail, Aspen Snowmass
- Terrain: Groomers, bowls, bumps, trees
How it performs
What I was looking for
I purchased this ski because I wanted something that I did not have to ski hard every run. My previous ski was one that I had to really turn with some speed. I wanted a ski that I could maneuver more easily while at lower speeds in more variable snow conditions.
Why I chose this gear
I went with the Enforcer 100 because it is a ski with 100mm underfoot, which provides enough float in fresh snow, but is narrow enough for me to really carve groomers. I feel I can still get the ski edge to edge with ease and can be in any snow condition with confidence.
Other skis I considered were the Volkl Mantra and the Blizzard Bonafide. I found both of these skis to be more of an all-mountain carver. They felt stiff and like I had to be carving GS turns every run.
What I love about it
- Speed: This ski has less side cut than some others, making it feel more stable at speed. I feel less likely to catch an edge and can really roll it over when I want to channel my inner Bode Miller.
- Edge hold: I have not encountered any issues with setting an edge and having it hold. I do like how these feel in more firm conditions allowing me to feel some grip where other skis felt too slippery.
- Turns: This ski is great at lower speeds with the tip and tail rocker built into the ski. It allows for great maneuverability in tight spaces where I really need to snap the ski around quickly.
- Groomers: I like the confidence this ski gives me on groomers when I want to carve some long turns. It is not too wide of a ski where I need to put in a lot of effort to get the ski edge to edge and has minimal chatter.
- Powder: I have used the ski in fresh snow, afew inches, so not the true powder day we all dream of. The ski was floaty enough for me and allowed me to maintain my speed helping me have a fun day slashing the fresh snow.
- Trees: I am very impressed at how well this ski performed in the trees. With the rocker I feel the ski was easier to make “sloppy” turns that did not require me to really edge them. These were easy to turn quickly in tight spaces and felt very light on my feet.
- Moguls: Similar to the trees, I feel these skis are light on my feet and allow me to turn quickly in tight spaces.
- Park: I do not recommend these for park skiing, however I did go through the terrain park at VAil with them (jumps only). They were great for what I wanted to do, which is get my adrenaline going by just straight airing some jumps.
- Durability: I ski fairly hard and aggressive and have had no issues with durability. The top sheet has not chipped or cracked. I have not hit anything hiding in the snow that could damage the redge or base of the ski.
- Weight: This ski feels light on my feet, especially for a 100mm wide ski.
- Switch riding: I would not recommended this for switch riding.
- Stability: This ski feels stable in all conditions at any speed.
- Other: This is a great one ski quiver. There is a reason it is consistently on recommended gear lists and a best seller.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Speed: For ripping groomed runs, there are better options. This ski is a true all-mountain conqueror made for all conditions.
- Powder: This is not a true powder ski. For a ski to use in the deepest snow, consider more width underfoot.
- Other terrain: If you are an East Coast skier, or spend most of your time in the trees or bumps, consider the narrower spec of this ski.
Favorite moment with this gear
My maiden voyage with this ski was in 6 inches of fresh snow at Vail. I had a much more enjoyable experience than I have had with my prior ski. These were much more playful in some fresh snow and easier to turn.
Value for the money vs. other options
I had a demo of this ski before I decided to purchase it. It checked all of the boxes I was looking for and I was able to purchase it toward the end of the season when the price came down a little bit. Lucky timing.
I find this ski to be worth the money for its versatility and for being the only resort ski I own. This ski trends in the higher price range, but again, it is a do-it-all ski that I can take anywhere on the mountain with confidence. I found the Blizzard Bonafide to be slightly more stiff and I really had to drive the ski on each turn. Same goes for the Volkl Mantra. A great ski, but it felt less forgiving and more of a “point it and go” option whereas the Enforcer has a more playful feel.
This is a ski that allows me to be as aggressive or as calm as I want to be. It has no problem on the groomers, but is really at home off piste.