Nordica Enforcer 93 ReviewDecember 6, 2017
- Precise, aggressive ski
- Edge hold is awesome
- Loves to arc
- Fun to ride ALL the way through the turn
- Lot of ski for the price
- Not for short turns
- Will punish late carvers
- More damp than lively
- Some folks may want to detune the tail
- Small amount of Float
You know you’re testing a precise, Ginsu knife of an All Mountain ski when some of your top testers suggest they could use a little less tail hold. In a sweeping generalization, the average U.S. skier doesn’t finish a turn with the same power and arc as an average Euro carver in Kitzbuehel or Lech, which is why even the most accomplished North American edge-rider might consider doing just a little bit more of a tail detune on the Nordica Enforcer 93. That’s because this damp, well-engineered pair of boards will lay twin carves on just about any All Mountain condition you can find, and do it until the lifts stop.
That being said, this ski does not float well and has a subtle way of pointing out what you’re not doing well – like trying to initiate a carve from the back of your tails, hopping from edge to edge instead of pressuring and steering, and not counter-rotating while you leave your inside hand uphill halfway through the turn (#guiltyascharged). What it does best is let expert arc’ers ski exactly the way they want no matter what the All Mountain conditions underfoot. It’s a ski for people who ski the same beautiful round turns whether it’s hardpack or there are six inches of fresh underfoot. As for all you technically proficient skiers who have not become weekend members of the church of the Enforcer yet – why not?
For Overall rankings, Nordica’s Enforcer 93 received two “Favorite” designations, several “Excellents,” and just a couple mere “Goods.” In numerical value, that translates to two 10s (out of a possible score of 10) quite a few 9s and 8s, and one lone 7 from a single tester who said, “This ski felt a little old school for my taste.” That old school, GS ability to carve anywhere on the mountain – which for decades, is all expert skiers ever did – is exactly what makes this ski so popular: It lays down an excellent arc, but with the kind of power, precision and pleasure that no old school ski can hope to match.
The Nordica Enforcer 93 does one turn exceptionally well, with the kind of edge hold and smooth feel many skis in the All Mountain Category can only hope to match. It does it with ease for skiers who like to carve. Skiers who want more float, want to straightline, or want to pivot in tight spaces will be selling the ski short, and depriving themselves of experiencing what it does best. That’s why the GS skiers who appreciate the proficient style of turning this ski celebrates gave it s8s, 9s, and even a couple 10s for Responsiveness, while the rest of the team gave it a 7 or a 6.
Thanks to the wood core construction wrapped by twin metal sheets, Stability is a plus. The ski is damp, with excellent vibration control in the bumps and in any of those granular ice balls leftover by the groomer (yes, we checked), and is absolutely unshakeable on those frosty, refrozen slush mornings when any other ski you might be wondering if you should have stayed in bed. The Stability – and edge hold as an All Mountain ski, would have still been near the Frontside Category’s top of the class. Even more so for heavy turners who like to go fast. Light, single-foot steering skiers without a strong technique will not be able to appreciate how well this ski grips.
For a Frontside ski with a penchant for carving, it should be no surprise that the Enforcer 93 gets low scores for Float. This ski focuses more on sidecut and finesse for making timeless turns, as the damp Energy 2 Titanium Construction ensures your edges never lose contact with the snow, as long as it isn’t more than 6 inches deep.
For All Mountain skiers who favor a technically strong two-foot, hip angulating style that pushes the ski through each turn from beginning to finish, this might be your perfect pick. It is so precise and accurate that, as we recommend in the Full Review, skiers who aren’t used to a race-style tune with a razor sharp finish from contact point to contact point, may consider detuning the tail, and perhaps even back a little from the tip. For such a technically oriented ski aimed at the kind of experienced skiers who will get the most joy from skiing it, the Enforcer 93 is an absolute steal of a deal for mid-radius, hard-charging ex-racer and ski instructor types who treat the creation of each new arc like a potential season-changing masterpiece.Continue Reading
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.