Nordica Enforcer (2016)

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2016 Nordica Enforcer

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Rating: 3.69 / 5
Price: $799.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133-100-121
Lengths: 169,177,185,193

Stability at speed: 4.36 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.61 / 5
Crud performance: 3.94 / 5
Flotation: 3.61 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.44 / 5
Overall: 3.69 / 5

It's great to see the Enforcer name back, and on such an exciting and capable ski. Every tester referenced the new Enforcer's power, reassuring solidity underfoot, and quiet confidence at high speeds. Good skiers will use it to stomp whole mountainsides into submission. But it's not some muscle-bound bruiser. A healthy dose of camber underfoot delivers fun, turn-finishing snap. Judicious rocker promotes easy skidding and drifting in hard or soft snow. And the Enforcer's sturdy construction gives it great edge grip when you want it, but it still manages to be easygoing and playful. That's what testers look for in terms of Balance, and it adds up to an overall score that's the highest in the entire test. Gleason: "Might be the first ski I've ever given a perfect score. Smooth, powerfully precise. Wings on my feet."

NOTES: The Enforcer is the middle ground ski in Nordica's Freeski Men's series, with a 133 mm tip, 100 mm waist, and 121 mm tail. It also has a 15.5 - 20.5 m radius range depending on length. These specs make the Enforcer one of the most versatile skis from Nordica, designed to take on hardpack and powder equally well while other skis focus on one type of snow more than the other. Its Energy 2 Titanium construction is similar to a race ski with a full wood core and two metal sheets designed for ultimate stability and power. Meanwhile, All Mountain Enforcer camROCK technology lifts the tip (and the tail, slightly) up and off the ground, designed for floatation and maneuverability. For something similar but wider, check out the Patron and Helldorado. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Soul Rider.

This ski is part of the Freeski Men's series, which focuses on skis intended for terrain outside of the groomers, whether it's the backcountry, trees, or wherever else gives you a thrill. These skis are intended to rip groomers when they need to, but their main purpose is to mow through powder and other various conditions elsewhere. The four models in the series have waists ranging from 97 - 113 mm and radii ranging from 14.5 - 21 m depending on length.

Nordica, based in Giavera del Montello, Italy, was founded in 1939. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.

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