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The No. 1 Men’s All-Mountain Wide Ski of 2022: Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

The Nordica Enforcer 104 Free has won the All-Mountain Wide category for three years in a row. Here's why it's such an awesome ski.

Brand: Nordica

Model: Enforcer 104 Free

Overall Ranking: #1

Overall Score: 4.12 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

134.5-104-123.5

Lengths (cm)

165, 172, 179, 186, 191

Radius (m)

18.5 (179 length)

Waist Width (mm)

104

Gender

Unisex

Level

Advanced to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Wood, Titanal, Carbon Insert

Sidewall Construction

Sandwich

Stability at Speed

4.54 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.03 / 5

Playfulness

3.96 / 5

Forgiveness

3.58 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.17 / 5

Crud Performance

4.33 / 5

Balance of Skills

4 / 5

Flotation

4.13 / 5

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2022 Nordica Enforcer 104

For the third year in a row, Nordica’s Enforcer 104 Free has topped the All-Mountain Wide category. While it was the top-ranked ski for Overall Impression and Stability at Speed, what stands out most for 2021-’22 is that it was first-in-class for both Flotation and Hard-Snow Integrity. These two categories are usually diametrically opposed, and winning both—plus earning a second-place score in Balance of Skills/Versatility—is pretty monumental.

Testers of all types and ages compared the Enforcer 104 Free to their favorite guitar solo. The more a listener understands music, the better the solo gets; the better a skier understands and masters skiing, the more that person will be able to appreciate and get the most from these magnificent skis. “These skis are a classic hard rock song that inspires your feet to stomp and attitude to shout out loud!” writes Matt Schiller. “You forget about the width because the 104 Free moves effortlessly from edge to edge and in and out of pockets. The construction is a complimentary blend unlike almost any other.”

Built with a proprietary wood core blend sandwiched between two sheets of Titanal, plus a specially designed tip that lightens the ski while perfecting swing weight, the Enforcer 104 can handle the fastest, hardest skiers in North America. But the magic feel of the ski comes from the rocker profile. The Enforcer 104 Free has increased rocker in the tip and tail compared to the Enforcer 100, giving the ski a more playful attitude. The rocker optimizes the effective edge for steep terrain, bumps, and trees without sacrificing the ski’s ability to dominate and destroy groomed terrain as well.

“The Enforcer 104 Free gives you a little bit of playfulness, but a whole lot of horsepower if you choose to use it,” comments tester Jon Sexauer. “The ski prefers to be driven hard, but it also won’t ruin your day if mistakes are being made. Stronger technical skiers will really be able to unlock the ski’s potential, and it will push them to be stronger skiers in the process.”

  • Strengths: Flotation (1st in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (1st)
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness (13th), Playfulness (4th)

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Nordica Enforcer 104 Free – 2021 All-Mountain Wide Ski Review

2021 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Men's All-Mountain Wide Ski
The 2021 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Men’s All-Mountain Wide SkiPhoto courtesy of Nordica

For the second year in a row, Nordica’s Enforcer 104 Free wins this category and, for 2020-’21, nabs the highest category scores for Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity, and Crud Performance. With a noticeably pronounced rocker in the tip and tail built into a wider profile, this ski has all the great elements of the Gear of the Year Nordica Enforcer 100, but with a freeride-oriented, aggressive design.

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity

WEAKNESSES: Forgiveness, Flotation

Awards for the 2021 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

2021 Best in Test Badge
The Nordica Enforcer 104 Free was awarded Best in Test in the Men’s All-Mountain Wide ski category.

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Nordica Enforcer 104 Free - 2022 All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores
OVERALL SCORE 4.23
FLOTATION 3.95 / 5
QUICKNESS / MANEUVERABILITY 4.15 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 4.05 / 5
FORGIVENESS 3.95 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 4.5 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 4.35 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS 4.15 / 5

Nordica Enforcer 104 Free – 2020 All-Mountain Wide Ski Review

2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free
The Best in Test 2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free all-mountain wide ski.Photo courtesy of Nordica

The all-new Enforcer 104 Free blends the playful versatility of the Enforcer 110 Free and the do-anything assertiveness of the Enforcer 100. The result is smile-inducing magic. With a lightweight wood core sandwiched between two layers of metal and stout ABS sidewalls, the Enforcer 104 Free is capable everywhere. The tail rocker provides a versatile platform that allows the ski to release from turns more easily and adds a newfound level of pop.

STRENGTHS: Flotation, Stability at Speed

WEAKNESS: Hard Snow

Shop Talk 2020: Nordica Enforcer 104 Free

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Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Awards

Best in Test 2020
Winner of the 2020 SKI Magazine Best in Test Award for Men’s All-Mountain Wide skis.
Nordica Enforcer 104 Free - 2021 All-Mountain Wide Ski Scores
OVERALL SCORE 4.12 / 5
FLOTATION 4.65 / 5
QUICKNESS / MANEUVERABILITY 4 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 4.1 / 5
FORGIVENESS 3.9 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 3.6 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 4.25 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS 4.1 / 5