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Nordica Enforcer 93 Review

This contender has superb edge hold and energy through turns.
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Price:  $650 List | $454.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Excellent carving ski, quick
Cons:  Chatter in the tips, poor powder performance
Manufacturer:   Nordica
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 13, 2018
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RANKED
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  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Carving - 20% 10
  • Crud - 20% 8
  • Powder - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 15% 7
  • Bumps - 5% 7

Our Verdict

When Nordica introduced their Enforcer 100, skiers from coast to coast went wild. It handled all types of ski conditions and terrain well and won many awards for its versatility. The Enforcer 100 was SO popular that Nordica decided to build on their success by creating a ski with a similar profile, only a bit smaller. Typically, when a ski gains popularity and the manufacturer decides to capitalize on its success by offering different waist widths, the new versions fall flat on their faceā€¦but not so with the Nordica Enforcer 93! The 93mm Enforcer is everything its bigger brother is and is maybe even slightly more versatile. This version, in the 185cm length, measures in at 126mm in the tip, 93mm underfoot, and 114mm in the tail. It has a slight tip and tail rocker with camber in between and an 18.5-meter turn radius. Our testers were stoked to have the Enforcer back for another round of testing, where it earned a top pick award for the best on-piste carving ski.

Graphic Updates

Since our testing period, Nordica gave the Enforcer 93 some subtle graphics changes, which you can see in the photo above. Nothing else has changed about this ski.

October 2018


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Pros Excellent carving ski, quickFast, solid, consistent, large sweet spotHard charging, fun, easy to skiGreat all around ski, great pop, easy to swingLightweight, snappy, fun
Cons Chatter in the tips, poor powder performanceMinor chatterSlight chatter at high-end speedSometimes feels soft, skis shortSome chatter
Bottom Line This contender has superb edge hold and energy through turns.The new Mantra, now called the M5, is more user friendly than previous versions but is still a powerful and consistently fun ski.The Daemon is a hard charging ski that can be tamed.Fantastic all around ski that will for perform for skiers of all abilities.The Kore 93 is a solid all mountain ski at a reasonable price.
Rating Categories Nordica Enforcer 93 Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Stability At Speed (20%)
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8
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Carving (20%)
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Crud (20%)
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Powder (20%)
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Playfulness (15%)
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Specs Nordica Enforcer 93 Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Intended Purpose All Mountain/Firm Snow All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain
Ability Level Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Beginner-Expert
Available Lengths 169, 177, 185, 193 170,177,184,191 170, 177, 183, 188 164, 172, 180, 188 153,162,171,180,189
Waist Width 93 96 99 102 93
Radius 15.5m, 16.5m, 18.5m, 20.5m 21.2m 20m 14.5m, 16m, 17.5m, 19m 16.4m
Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Full rocker, reverse camber Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Weight Per Pair 4464 4252 5265 4126 3780
Core Material Beech and poplar wood Beech, poplar Poplar wood Multi-layer wood Karuba wood
Tested length 185 184 183.6 188 189

Our Analysis and Test Results

Once again, all of our testers loved the Nordica Enforcer 93s and were begging for more days on them by the end of our testing period. It surprised some of our testers by going blow for blow with our top-ranked skis in nearly every testing category.

Although it fell short of being chosen as the top ski for 2018-2019, it still earns a Top Pick for on-piste carving. After Nordica introduced their Enforcer 100, they promised similar versions with the same outstanding performance, and the 93mm underfoot version continues to live up to all of the hype. The Enforcer 93 has found its niche and may even be preferred over its larger companion in certain parts of the country.

Performance Comparison


Show us those bases!
Show us those bases!

Stability at Speed


The Enforcer 93's are constructed with a full wood core and TWO, count them, TWO layers on Titanium that extends over the edges. This design produced a ski with a surprising amount of flex, which remains fairly consistent from tip to tail, but also adds to the overall stability and power of the ski. One might expect these skis to have the potential to overpower the skier like the Rossignol Experience 88 TI can, but the Enforcer's power is much more easily harnessed.


At high speeds, the Enforcer 93 is not as susceptible to tip chatter as the Rossignol Soul 7 HD and feels reliable and consistent. Although not quite as stable as say, the Black Crows Daemon, our testers felt comfortable pushing this ski to its speed limit.

Coming in hot - the Enforcers have what it takes.
Coming in hot - the Enforcers have what it takes.

Carving Performance


"I can't stop carving!!" one of our testers yelled as he screamed by a group of us on a wide-open groomer. We can't say enough about this ski's carving performance. It went head to head with all of the other top skis tested this year, even the highly praised Volkl M5 Mantra, Black Crows Daemon, and K2 Pinnacle 88 TI.


The Enforcer 93 is exceptionally user-friendly. It WANTS to be laid on its edge and is very easy to transition from edge to edge. The power felt while arcing turns is almost unmatched but also very controllable. They rarely, if ever, felt overpowering.

This is what the Enforcer 93s were made for.
This is what the Enforcer 93s were made for.

The 185cm version comes with an 18.5-meter turn radius, but our testers felt it was a breeze to change the shape and size of their turns in any way they wanted, quite unlike the Icelantic Pioneer 96, which seemed limited. The mellow tip rocker allows for nearly full edge contact when the ski is driven, and the slight tail rocker allows for easy release out of each turn, no matter how fast you are going.

Gotta love the crud. The Enforcers do!
Gotta love the crud. The Enforcers do!

Crud


Though the Enforcer 93 does not have a crud busting tip, its relatively proportional blunt-nosed tip is designed specifically for busting through the chunder.


While our testers felt comfortable on this ski in most types of crud, it does tend to get bucked around and deflect a bit in chopped up pow like the Soul 7s. On a positive note, unlike most of our skis tested, it handled refrozen chunder and ice quite well.

Crud busting should be an Olympic sport!
Crud busting should be an Olympic sport!

Powder


This ski handled up to six inch powder days with ease. As one might expect, when Mother Nature delivers more than a few inches, you might be reaching for a ski with more surface area underfoot that was intended for soft snow, such as the Blizzard Rustler 10.


As with most skis in the all-mountain category, the Enforcer 93 was not specifically designed for deep powder days. The rocker found in the tip and tail provides a bit of float and excellent maneuverability in the soft snow, but on the deepest days, our testers were wishing for the Enforcer with 100mm underfoot while bottoming out on the firm snow underneath. If your local hill's powder days are measured in inches and not feet, these could still be the sticks you reach for, even on a pow day.

Pow pow on the Enforcers!
Pow pow on the Enforcers!

Playfulness


When you hear two full layers of titanium, you don't normally equate that with playfulness, but the Enforcer continued to surprise us, even in this testing metric. While not explicitly poppy and forgiving, the Enforcer 93 is on par with the Legend X regarding playfulness.


While relatively stiff, the flex is fairly consistent throughout the ski and some pop can be found under the right conditions. The maneuverability of the ski also adds to the playfulness, as it makes it quite easy to whip around and even land switch if you so desire.

Big fun at Kirkwood on the Enforcers!
Big fun at Kirkwood on the Enforcers!

Bumps


If you only like to bash bumps, the Enforcer 93 may not be the ski for you. Even compared to its brother, the Enforcer 100, it falls just a bit short. While the ski does pivot well, it feels a bit clumsy.


If you're an expert mogul skier, you may find pleasure in the stiffness of the Enforcer 93. As for us mere mortals, a ski with a bit softer flex is a better fit for a day of moguls, like the Rustler 10s.

Bumps  crud  pow...Enforcers destroying it all.
Bumps, crud, pow...Enforcers destroying it all.

Best Application


The Enforcer 93 lives to carve. It's geared towards ripping fresh corduroy and hardpack, but it performed well in the majority of our testing metrics. That said, we consider this a true all-mountain ski no matter where in the world your local hill is located, and if you find yourself on a pair, you should feel comfortable exploring the entire mountain. Just make sure you show the Enforcers some love and open them up on a groomer or two.

The Enforcers showing off their all-mountain potential.
The Enforcers showing off their all-mountain potential.

Value


The price tag is well worth it here. When it comes to high-performance skis, this model is at the lower end of the price range yet performs like a top dog. For its price-to-performance ratio, it is only bested by the Bizzard Rustler 10.

Conclusion


While the Enforcer 93 scored lower than a few pairs of skis we tested, it held its own. Nordica followed up on their highly rated Enforcer 100 with a slightly skinnier ski and somehow managed not to lose any of the highly acclaimed performance. With a relatively small waist (93mm underfoot), the Enforcer 93 lends itself to being more of a daily driver for the East Coast, but we felt right at home on them in the West too.

All mountain fun on the Enforcers.
All mountain fun on the Enforcers.


Andrew Pierce