Nordica Enforcer 93 ReviewNovember 19, 2018
- 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
The Nordica Enforcer is a damp, well-engineered ski that will lay twin carves on just about any All Mountain condition you can find, and do it until the lifts stop. Like the Head Kore 93, this ski was tested in our All Mountain Category last season (the Nordica Enforcer 100 is in that category this season), where it did quite well. Moving to the Frontside Category only augmented this ski’s scores. Its incredible ability to lay clean arcs on all hard snow conditions is at the top of the pack, while its somewhat wider waist width—it and the Kore are the widest skis in this class, both at 93mm underfoot—provides more all-terrain versatility. For skiers on any coast who will be skiing primarily hard snow conditions but want to use the same pair of boards for mixed conditions and light powder days, the Enforcer 93 is more than built to satisfy your multiple needs.
The ski is still more aimed at improving your Carving Pleasure than it is at floating over the bumps and windblown, and it does have a subtle way of pointing out what you’re not doing well – like trying to initiate a carve from the back of your tails 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 are 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.
For Overall rankings, Nordica’s Enforcer 93 received two 10s (out of a possible score of 10) quite a few 9s and 8s, and three 7s from testers who would have liked a more playful, less exacting ski. The ski has an ability to carve anywhere on the mountain, laying down an excellent arc with the kind of power, precision and pleasure that most other skis can’t match.
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 on would have you 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 got lower 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.
The Enforcer 93 earned excellent marks for Edge-hold, with a couple of 10s, a few 9s, and nothing lower than an 8. This ski has exceptional grip for this category.
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 intro above, 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.
Turn Shape Variability
The Nordica Enforcer 93 does one turn exceptionally well, with wonderful edge hold and smooth feel. 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. GS skiers who appreciate the proficient style of turning this ski celebrates gave it 8s, 9s, and even a couple 10s for Responsiveness, while the rest of the team gave it a 7 or a 6.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.