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Enforcer vs. Bonafide

post #1 of 10
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New member here hoping for some advice on a daily driver for the PNW. I'm 6 ft. 175 lbs. level 8-9 skier that gets in 40 days a year. I have tried the 180 Bonafide in various conditions and while I think it's very versatile, I find it tracks poorly in our heavy crud. I think the rockered tip gets pushed up and around too much when the conditions are thick. My Elan 1010 with just a hint of rocker, tracks and powers through much better but is not the best when the crud gets frozen.

 

I'm thinking the Nordica Enforcer might power through the mashed potatoes better but still be reasonable on hardpack and frozen mank. Basically I'm hoping it could be like my Jet Fuels with more float. Can anyone compare the Enforcer to the Bonafide for me?

post #2 of 10

The 98mm width category is loaded with great skis and these are two of the best. The Bonafide and Enforcer have roughly similar skill sets but with a different feel that is entirely traceable to the rocker vs. non-rocker profiles. Both skis grip well on hardpack but with the Enforcer you will feel it engage from the tip at lower angles while the Bonafide engages at the end of the cambered section. When the angles are higher, they feel similar. The burly mid section and longer turn radius of the Bonafide makes it feel more like doing GS turns when it is turned up on a high angle. The Enforcer, (especially the 177) feels more nimble and quick when on the edge while the Bonafide feels more nimble when off the edge. The Enforcer feels very "carvey" and the edge grip is close to that of the JF (and that's saying something) I would give the Enforcer the edge on hardpack but the Bonafide gets the nod in mixed up scrambled egg conditions.

 

As to the question of wet, heavy snow, I can't answer specifically as I don't see that condition. I did ski the Bonafide and Enforcer back to back to back with about 10 other similar skis last February. The most telling condition was a moderately steep sidehill off of chair #1 @ Mammoth than had some crud that was wind scoured and consolidated and then partially covered with soft blown in snow. This was like skiing on a rough styrofoam base that was covered and disguised with fluff. Both skied it well but in this case, the Bonafide entered and released more easily. The tip did not feel like it was getting bounced around. FWIW.....really stiff skis and really soft skis did not fare well in this patch of horrible snow. I think that in rough conditions and perhaps thick conditions as well, rockered tip skis will do better it you are slicing rather than pushing through the stuff. The "slice" is my normal style anyway and so for my tastes the Bonafide has so far at least handled everything very well.

 

SJ

post #3 of 10

Hi guys,

 

I'm looking for a similar ski to handle my annual western trips but still deal with the ski'd out days i seem to encounter in the east. I demo'd some Nordica Soul Riders this past trip at Kicking Horse and really liked them.  I haven't been on the Enforcer or Bonafide but they sound like they would be a suitable ski for my needs.  is there any info on how either would compare to the Soul Rider?  What surprised me the most about them was there quickness edge to edge on the hardpack...i couldn't believe they were 97 underfoot.  Is this the new norm for this size range?  i tried the S3's last year and hated them. 

 

Thanks

post #4 of 10

Bonafide maybe better but not sure it depends what you like!

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by GreenDiamonds View Post

Hi guys,

 

 I demo'd some Nordica Soul Riders this past trip at Kicking Horse and really liked them.



The purpose of demoing skis is to find one you like. It seems to me that the next logical step would be to buy them.

 

SJ

post #6 of 10

Point taken, although the conditions seen in the Rockies are going to be different than here.  Also, although i liked the SR's, they were also the only one of the three i have tried.  Due to living in Ontario we don't often get the chance to demo anything wider than 80s.  I guess a simpler question would be, since i liked the SR, would i probably like either the Enforcer or the Bonafide? I made the mistake before where i assumed same company + same shape = similar enjoyment.  I've yet to see a review which compared the SR and Enforcer because apparently they are targeted at different people, but with so many similarities i am trying to figure out how they perform differently. I through the Bonafides in there because many people believe them to be tops of the category along with the Enforcers.

 

thanks

post #7 of 10

What types of skis do you like?

 

The Soul Rider is a twin tip with tip and tail rocker and no metal layers.

The Enforcer is a very traditional shape with slight early rise in the tip with a flat tail and metal.

The Bonafide is sort of a hybrid of the two. Tip and tail rocker and metal layers, no twin tip.

 

The Soul Rider is quick lively and playful, with surprising amounts of grip. Best for someone who likes to play with the mountain, ski bump lines and trees.

The Enforcer has a very 'racy' feel to it, smooth and damp. Best for someone who likes to arc on groomers but wants enough width for handling any condition.

The Bonafide feels very nimble with a flat base and very solid when on-edge. Best for someone who is a strong skier and wants excellent grip on edge but also wants a very modern shape which gives some added quickness in tighter terrain.

 

Hope that helps.

 

PS  I agree with SJim whole-heartedly, sounds like you really liked the Soul Rider. It's a great ski, if the shoe fits... buy it.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

What types of skis do you like?

 

The Soul Rider is a twin tip with tip and tail rocker and no metal layers.

The Enforcer is a very traditional shape with slight early rise in the tip with a flat tail and metal.

The Bonafide is sort of a hybrid of the two. Tip and tail rocker and metal layers, no twin tip.

 

The Soul Rider is quick lively and playful, with surprising amounts of grip. Best for someone who likes to play with the mountain, ski bump lines and trees.

The Enforcer has a very 'racy' feel to it, smooth and damp. Best for someone who likes to arc on groomers but wants enough width for handling any condition.

The Bonafide feels very nimble with a flat base and very solid when on-edge. Best for someone who is a strong skier and wants excellent grip on edge but also wants a very modern shape which gives some added quickness in tighter terrain.

 

Hope that helps.

 

PS  I agree with SJim whole-heartedly, sounds like you really liked the Soul Rider. It's a great ski, if the shoe fits... buy it.


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post #9 of 10


Yes, nice succinct explanation.  Can I ask if the S3 (also 98) falls within or without this group?
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

What types of skis do you like?

 

The Soul Rider is a twin tip with tip and tail rocker and no metal layers.

The Enforcer is a very traditional shape with slight early rise in the tip with a flat tail and metal.

The Bonafide is sort of a hybrid of the two. Tip and tail rocker and metal layers, no twin tip.

 

The Soul Rider is quick lively and playful, with surprising amounts of grip. Best for someone who likes to play with the mountain, ski bump lines and trees.

The Enforcer has a very 'racy' feel to it, smooth and damp. Best for someone who likes to arc on groomers but wants enough width for handling any condition.

The Bonafide feels very nimble with a flat base and very solid when on-edge. Best for someone who is a strong skier and wants excellent grip on edge but also wants a very modern shape which gives some added quickness in tighter terrain.

 

Hope that helps.

 

PS  I agree with SJim whole-heartedly, sounds like you really liked the Soul Rider. It's a great ski, if the shoe fits... buy it.



 

 

post #10 of 10

The S3 is a very different critter. It has dramatic amounts of both rocker and early taper and is suuuppper soft, it is a very soft snow biased ski. It can handle hard snow... but it isn't 'good' there. I really think the S3 excels as a soft snow ski for a smaller person or as a fun playful ski for a less aggressive skier who likes to ski slower and search out pockets of soft snow on the edges of trail (please don't miss read "less aggressive" as 'bad', just less force being applied at lower speeds, you can be a 'less aggressive' expert skier).

 

I'd say the Experience 98, while different than the Enforcer, Soul Rider and Bonafide, is a better (more similar mission) ski to compare.

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