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2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Review

Finally, an Enforcer designed to adventure beyond the ropes

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Brand: Nordica

Model: Enforcer 104 Unlimited



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

134.5-104-123.5

Lengths (cm)

165, 172, 179, 186, 191

Radius (m)

17.5 (179cm)

Waist Width (mm)

104

Gender

Unisex

Level

Advanced, Expert

Strengths

Stability at Speed, Versatility

Weaknesses

Forgiveness, Quickness

Stability at Speed

7.75 / 10

Quickness / Maneuverability

6.75 / 10

Playfulness

7 / 10

Forgiveness

6 / 10

Crud Performance

7.5 / 10

Versatility

7.75 / 10

Responsiveness

7.5 / 10

Flotation

8 / 10

In order to transform their top-selling Enforcer into a backcountry weapon that still holds up almost anywhere, Nordica incorporated a carbon chassis, poplar/beech wood core, thinner topsheets, and shorter edges—all in the name of shaving weight to make the ski 43 percent lighter. And so the Unlimited, the brand’s all-mountain touring ski, was born.

Related: Learn the basics of backcountry and ski touring gear

“This is the perfect backcountry tool for the skier who already has a love affair with the Enforcer 104,” claimed tester Luke Larsen, noting that it is best for strong, efficient skiers. “If you don’t have the skills to ski it, the Enforcer Unlimited 104 will knock you out of your comfort zone real quick.”

While Nordica dropped the weight on the Enforcer 104 Unlimited by removing two sheets of metal, they maintained its stability in deep snow with a wide waist while boosting maneuverability with the early rise tip and tail rocker between traditional camber underfoot. It retains the same shape, however, as the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free we know and love.

“This is a great ski that’s easy uphill and can bag the deepest of snow while still getting you down an iced-up chute,” Larsen added.

So while it meets Nordica’s standard for handling the quickly changing conditions you’ll find in the backcountry, some testers noted that the Enforcer 104 Unlimited didn’t do what they asked in tight, variable terrain and conditions and that it was slightly more chattery in the nose than the Enforcer Free when coming in hot for a stop.

“I found the ski able to engage the edge more deeply than I expected,” shared Sun Valley, Idaho, local Paul Marshal. “It’s a great all-around backcountry ski for any conditions.”

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