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Preview/Review: 2016 Nordica Enforcer, It's Back!

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Back by popular demand...Ladies and Bears, May I re-introduce to you the all new Nordica Enforcer.

 

Yes, the legendary name returns with a modern flair. What did you say, a modern flair? Do tell. Well, since you asked...The original Enforcer was introduced in mid 2000‘s and had a great run, the Enforcer created a tremendous following with it's wood/metal 98mm construction and wide all mountain design in a time when skis that wider were still considered to be just powder skis. The Enforcer not only broke the established rules but  created new ones. As other manufacturers played catch up, Nordica kept raising the bar by evolving the Enforcer and then sharing its mold with the redundantly names Hell & Back Hell & Back. The Hell & Back was the 98MM wide offering in Nordica’s Side Country series...but as successful as it was, and it was, people kept asking for the Enforcer...where is the Enforcer..we want our Enforcer...Well, Nordica listened. Even when they were designing and producing the new acclaimed NRGy series, they were also secretly making another Enforcer...and not just a warmed up rebadged old mold with “Enforcer” slapped on it or even a metal NRGy100 (which would be a sweet ski too) but an all new design to make even the most die hard Enforcer enthusiasts forget about the first generation version. 

 

The new Enforcer, with it's completely new mold, does take some design cues from other successful Nordicas like the hammerhead tip design from the benchmark 113mm Patron/Helldorado design, they kept camber underfoot and a solid early rise tail with some..not much but some taper. Sidecut runs past the contact points and at a 16.5M for the 177cm, the Enforcer will be one of the more athletic skis in the 100mm segment. What is an “athletic” ski? A ski that is powerful and efficient yet not muscle bound and requiring a lot of effort to ski but will perform to it’s maximum.

 

The Nordica Enforcer PROTO that I received have some one off black/white graphics which really stand out. In mounting them up to maximize the performance I used some all mountain goodness FKS185's. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Enforcer will be part of my long term test fleet and I will be adding on snow reports in this thread as the rest of the season progresses. Now if this has peaked your interest enough, Nordica will be offering an early release of the Enforcer in mid February with 2016 graphics shown at the top of the page in the red to blue design.. 

 

When I get the Enforcer on snow, I will be adding reviews and updates so stay tuned!

#Nordicaprotoproject on Facebook

 

 


Edited by Philpug - 1/28/15 at 7:52pm
post #2 of 555
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Review:

The reintroduction...reinvention...reincarnation...revision...re...re...re...of one of the most popular Nordica skis of all times, the Enforcer. Usually when a model name is brought back it tends to be either a shell of its old being or a completely different entity. Nordica was able to succeed at bringing back the iconic Enforcer with a modern shape, profile and on-snow feel. 

 

I am going to avoid comparisons at this point and just talk about the merits of the Enforcer. The attribute that immediately stood out was the playfulness and ease and how the Enforcer just worked..not work at all...played in the turn. Usually a ski with metal and 100mm underfoot needs some energy to get going, not the case with the Enforcer, it just wanted to dance. On the groomers that initiation was so seamless because of the hammerhead tip profile that the Enforcer just begged to turn. Through the middle of the turn, because of the nice balance flex, the ski just stayed solid on snow no matter what speed the turn was taken. As I passed through the apex is another area where the balance flex combined with sole early rise allowed the Nordica to just hold as I expected but not locked in to the point where I could work the tail or release it at just a slight change of thought. Conditions have been firm and fast of late here in Tahoe but I was able to find some bumps to play in and the the Enforcer did just what I expected, initiate and release smoothly and with ease. 

 

When I test a ski, one of the things I think about when will this ski make a perfect ski day. When I skied the Enforcer today, there were many times I thought to myself, “Boy, on (fill in day here), this would have been the perfect ski and as good of a day as that was, it now could have been better...” Now that I have access to these, I am looking forward to having the right day where I can be out there and think, “Because I was on the Enforcer, today was perfect”. 

 

Stay tuned on this thread for more updates and pictures now the the Enforcer is in my 2016 review rotation. 

 

 

 

 

Product:

Length Tested: 177

Dimensions/Turn Radius: 133/100/121 16.5M@177cm, 18.5@185cm

Camber (select one, delete the rest):  Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: FKS 185 

Mount point: Suggested  

 

Other Skis in Class:

*Bonafide

*Mantra

*NRGy100

*Supernatural 100

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test:Northstar

Number of Runs: 11K vert

Snow Conditions: Packed old snow

Demo or Own:Own

 

Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 51

Height/Weight: 5'10" 190lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 

-15 Nordica FireArrow 76 Ti 176cm

-14 Scott The Ski 175cm w/Look Pivot 15

-15 Nordica NRGy 100 177cm /Salomon Sth2 13

-15 Blizzard Bonafide 180cm w/Salomon Sth2 13 

-14 Nordica Patron 185 w/Salomon Sth 2 13

-various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar


Edited by Philpug - 1/12/15 at 12:56pm
post #3 of 555

I like the Black and White graphics.

post #4 of 555

Eagerly await the Review.  the ONLY thing I don't LOVE about the previous was that flat tail off piste.  But Lord is it fun on a soft groomer.

 

IMHO   the black ones look better and seems to have that Blizzard'esque grainy topsheet

post #5 of 555
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post
 

Eagerly await the Review.  the ONLY thing I don't LOVE about the previous was that flat tail off piste.  But Lord is it fun on a soft groomer.

 

IMHO   the black ones look better and seems to have that Blizzard'esque grainy topsheet

And I think that is where the new one is a modernization of the original. The other characteristic that was brought forward was flex, the original Enforcer bent/flexed really well and made a beautiful round turn, one of the reasons you liked it so much on soft groomers. The new incarnation also bends quite well and I expect the same attributes. 

post #6 of 555
Shall I just send you my CC # now?smile.gif

I like it in a lot of places except moguls (where that tail gets me from time to time).

Looking forward to more info
Edited by givethepigeye - 1/10/15 at 10:33am
post #7 of 555

Is this Nordica's market equivalent of the Bonafide, to NRGY's Kabookie? Realize the equivalence is not perfect, because the NRGY has some metal, I suspect is heavier than the Kabookie, and you indicate different molds. But seems as if they're competing for the same dual niches. Will be new Enforcer have as much metal as the Bonafide? The old one was a fairly muscular ski from my 165 lb perspective, agree about the nice round flex, at least in the later iterations with a flat tail.

 

Suddenly a while slew of metal 88-98-ish skis. Interesting. 

 

Like both graphics, actually. 

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Is this Nordica's market equivalent of the Bonafide, to NRGY's Kabookie? Realize the equivalence is not perfect, because the NRGY has some metal, I suspect is heavier than the Kabookie, and you indicate different molds. But seems as if they're competing for the same dual niches. Will be new Enforcer have as much metal as the Bonafide? The old one was a fairly muscular ski from my 165 lb perspective, agree about the nice round flex, at least in the later iterations with a flat tail.

 

Suddenly a while slew of metal 88-98-ish skis. Interesting. 

 

Like both graphics, actually. 

1:29 it took to ask about the comparison to the Bonafide. :o. These comparisons will come and I will reserve judgement at this moment. Yes there are some new skis in this range coming this season. 

post #9 of 555
Ha, I told you yesterday there was no way we'd get past the first page without the bones coming up. But anyway I really like the proto top sheet... They should do a run with those as well.
post #10 of 555

Thanks Phil!  Looking forward to your review(s).

 

Hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I also prefer the prototype graphics.

 

Can you share exact dimensions, yet, or still secret?

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1:29 it took to ask about the comparison to the Bonafide. :o. These comparisons will come and I will reserve judgement at this moment. Yes there are some new skis in this range coming this season. 


I know, I hate it the way I'm always pressing buzz about the Bonafide on everyone. :D 

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I know, I hate it the way I'm always pressing buzz about the Bonafide on everyone. biggrin.gif  

Funny you are kind of a joy kill that way
Please keep up the good work biggrin.gif
post #13 of 555
Well, I hope it skis well and that I get a chance to try it -- it matches my jacket AND my pants!
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Well, I hope it skis well and that I get a chance to try it -- it matches my jacket AND my pants!


You must be very patriotic.

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Well, I hope it skis well and that I get a chance to try it -- it matches my jacket AND my pants!

Yeah, and the black one matches my soul. 

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You must be very patriotic.

Or perhaps colorblind....
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Yeah, and the black one matches my soul. 

Is there something that you have been hiding from us, hmmmmm?
post #18 of 555

Quiet. He's holding a Black Mass.

post #19 of 555

I'd buy it if it was more of a twin. Or a Helldo shrunk down to 100mm.

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I'd buy it if it was more of a twin. Or a Helldo shrunk down to 100mm.

I would buy a Helldo if it was an Enforcer extended to 115!

post #21 of 555

I'm confused. Why are they "Prototyping" a ski that is already in production? It seems like it's just an very special special edition. Am I missing something?

post #22 of 555
I can't wait, I am still skiing the last of the enforcers and love them. I'll never forget last year at Vail, when I got off the gondola and an instructor came up to me and said he regrets not having his anymore.
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Yeah, and the black one matches my soul. 

 

and lots of other stuff in my garage! proto look is dang cool.

 

when do you want me to demo it?

as a former enforcer lover, and HandB, I think I deserve a turn!

 

Cheers!

W

post #24 of 555

This has been on my list of skis to demo at Copper Mountain for the past two weeks.  Can't wait for February 2-3.:beercheer:

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Yeah, and the black one matches my soul. 





 



and lots of other stuff in my garage! proto look is dang cool.



 



when do you want me to demo it?



as a former enforcer lover, and HandB, I think I deserve a turn!



 



Cheers!



W


 



Lets get out next week.
post #26 of 555
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Quiet. He's holding a Black Mass.

And yet, in another thread, he is offering to help plan a white wedding.
post #27 of 555
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While admiring the finish, I found the serial number..#003. These skis are Licensed to Kill...

 

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Can a "new" Girish  (without the hideous graphics) be far behind? I can always hope!

post #29 of 555
Proto - want!
post #30 of 555

Love the profile   Nordica may have a real winner with the Enforcer again. It looks very good from a design stand point as an all mountain all conditions ski based on what ive been skiing with similar rocker profiles like the DPS wailer 99 for instance. Though Im not sold on the 5 point contact tips of the DPS for high speed turning in deeper snow. The Enforcer has a tip shape that might be better for high speed turning in deeper snow. The 5 points come around very quick to a falt at very high speeds.

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