Nordica Enforcer 94 Review
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Nordica Enforcer 94
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|Pros||Stiff, explosive, carving machine||Stable, confidence inspiring, magnetic ride quality||Burly construction, feels extremely well made||Powerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turns||Playful, responsive, versatile|
|Cons||Heavy||Damp||Heavy, requires a strong and confident skier||Some vibration, sometimes feels soft||Vibrates at high speeds, overly soft tip|
|Bottom Line||A combination of raw explosive power and stability puts this ski well ahead of the competition for carving and is ideal for even the firmest snow days||With these on your feet, you'll be ready for anything the mountain has coming at you||This big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performance||The unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may be||Playful and adventurous, this ski is also manageable and forgiving. It encouraged us to explore the changing terrain over the whole mountain|
|Rating Categories||Nordica Enforcer 94||Volkl M6 Mantra||Black Crows Justis||Blizzard Rustler 10||Faction Dictator 2.0|
|Stability At Speed (20%)|
|Carving Ability (20%)|
|Powder Performance (20%)|
|Crud Performance (20%)|
|Terrain Playfulness (20%)|
|Specs||Nordica Enforcer 94||Volkl M6 Mantra||Black Crows Justis||Blizzard Rustler 10||Faction Dictator 2.0|
|Waist Width (mm)||94||96||100||102||96|
|Shape (Tip-Waist-Tail) (mm)||127-94-115.5||135-96-119||138-100-123||133-104-122.5||127-96-117|
|Available Lengths (cm)||165, 172, 179, 186,191||163, 170, 177, 184, 191||171.3, 177.4, 183.1, 189.3||164, 172, 180, 188||163, 171, 179, 187|
|Length Tested (cm)||179||177||177.4||180||179|
|Rocker Style||Rocker/Camber/Rocker||Tip-Tail Rocker||Progressive front Rocker/Classic Camber/Slight rear Rocker||Tip-Tail Rocker||Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail|
|Mfr. Claimed Weight (Per Pair Unmounted) (pounds)||8.9 lbs||Unavailable||9.5 lbs||Unavailable||8.2 lbs|
|Core Material||Woodcore/Double Titanal||Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal||Poplar/Fiberglass/Double Titanal||Multi-layer Woodcore/Carbon Fiberglass/Titanal||Poplar Woodcore/Double Titanal|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Although it fell just short of being chosen as the top ski in the men's all-mountain category, the Nordica Enforcer 94 earns our Top Pick for Carving. The Enforcer 94 combines Nordica's Carbon Chassis and TWO Sheets of metal to create our favorite blend of edge grip, rebound, and overall precision while carving at speed. With Nordica's more classic blend of rocker and camber, the Enforcer 94's carving feel was just unmatched among other skis in this review. Coming in at a versatile turn radius of 17.1 meters, we found it to be supremely intuitive to make both shorter SL and longer GS turns.
The adjustments made for the 2021-2022 model include Nordica's Carbon Chassis and True Tip technologies. Along with a slightly wider 94-millimeter waist width, the Enforcer 94 gains slightly more off-piste performance than the previous model's 93-millimeter width. Despite these improvements, this ski can be challenging to pilot through heavy or deep powder. For some, not being able to see the skis in powder can be unnerving or worse. Our crew finds it exciting to "ski the bottom," and if you're like us, you won't mind either. For the more experienced skier looking to tip and rip, look no further than the Enforcer 94.
Stability at Speed
The Enforcer 94 is constructed with Nordica's new Carbon Chassis and their TWO layers of titanal that extend over the edges. This new chassis is made from carbon fibers that are stretched along the length of the ski and placed into the wood core in the center. This design produces a ski with a surprising amount of flex, which remains very consistent from tip to tail, but also adds to the overall stability and explosiveness of the ski.
At high speeds, the Enforcer 94 is not as susceptible to tip chatter as some skis with more rocker and feels stiff and consistent. With its new improvements, our testers felt comfortable pushing this ski further and further. Similar feeling to a traditional GS ski, this ski wanted to go faster and faster while still remaining composed.
Unmatched carving feel and performance is what the Nordica Enforcer 94 brings to the table for yet another year in a row. The whole package comes together with a superior combination of ski flex, torsional rigidity, and edge-hold and release. Even in the most wind-scoured icy conditions, this ski wanted to prove its prowess. The Enforcer 94 pulled us through each carve with more energy than other top-scoring skis in the carving category.
Even off-piste, this ski strives to provide the carving stability from the groomers. Nordica's True Tip Technology replaces the heavier plastic in the ski tip from previous models with lighter-weight wood. We found this contributed to the Enforcer's edge-to-edge nimbleness even in unpredictable and nasty snow conditions. There is just a little bit more in this package that provides an unmatched carving experience among the skis we tested.
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 intended for deeper snow.
As with most skis in the all-mountain category, the Enforcer 94 was not specifically designed for deep powder days. The rocker found in the tip and tail provides a bit of float and good maneuverability in the soft snow, but on the deepest days, we worked much harder than if we had a wider ski underfoot. 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.
High marks in the Crud category can be traced back to the Enforcer's high-quality build materials and technology. As one of the burlier skis in our review, the Enforcer stood out once again with its ability to stay true when on edge and at speed. This tool is not for the faint of heart, however, and more forgiving options exist for less experienced skiers.
Crud offers the Enforcer 94 another opportunity to show off its strengths. Skiing the bottom is where this ski really comes alive, and the support it offers to the expert pilot is extremely addicting. We were supremely impressed with the Enforcer's ability to blast through anything in its way.
When you hear two full layers of titanal, you don't normally equate that with playfulness, but the Enforcer 94 continued to surprise us, even in this testing metric. While not forgiving by any means, the Enforcer delivers with its explosive rebound and solid platform underfoot. We found it versatile enough to land both rock drops and boost over misshapen moguls.
As one of the least forgiving skis in our review, this ski can be punishing in narrow chutes or tight mogul troughs. However, if you're an expert mogul skier, you may find much excitement in using the explosive rebound to your advantage. Learning and adapting your skills to your equipment's strengths is a key aspect of advanced and expert skiing.
When it comes to high-performance skis, the Enforcer 94 is an excellent value, in our opinion. While other beefy carvers sport close to and over 4-digit price tags, Nordica keeps the price on this ski in line with the other all-around top competitors. Act fast because these will sell out quickly.
The redesigned Enforcer 94 continues the successful tradition of Nordica's all-mountain lineup. While not a true powder ski, that's also not what it's made for. While not the skinniest ski in our test, we found that it was head and shoulders over the competition for carving. Combined with its ability to support the advanced skier confidently through variable and adverse conditions, the Enforcer was just a few points short of taking our top award.
— Bobby Garrett
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