Once again, all of our testers loved the Nordica Enforcer 93s and were begging for more days on them by the end of our testing period. It surprised some of our testers by going blow for blow with our top-ranked skis in nearly every testing category.
Although it fell short of being chosen as the top ski for 2018-2019, it still earns a Top Pick for on-piste carving. After Nordica introduced their Enforcer 100, they promised similar versions with the same outstanding performance, and the 93mm underfoot version continues to live up to all of the hype. The Enforcer 93 has found its niche and may even be preferred over its larger companion in certain parts of the country.
Show us those bases!
Stability at Speed
The Enforcer 93's are constructed with a full wood core and TWO, count them, TWO layers on Titanium that extends over the edges. This design produced a ski with a surprising amount of flex, which remains fairly consistent from tip to tail, but also adds to the overall stability and power of the ski. One might expect these skis to have the potential to overpower the skier like the Rossignol Experience 88 TI can, but the Enforcer's power is much more easily harnessed.
At high speeds, the Enforcer 93 is not as susceptible to tip chatter as the Rossignol Soul 7 HD and feels reliable and consistent. Although not quite as stable as say, the Black Crows Daemon, our testers felt comfortable pushing this ski to its speed limit.
Coming in hot - the Enforcers have what it takes.
"I can't stop carving!!" one of our testers yelled as he screamed by a group of us on a wide-open groomer. We can't say enough about this ski's carving performance. It went head to head with all of the other top skis tested this year, even the highly praised Volkl M5 Mantra, Black Crows Daemon, and K2 Pinnacle 88 TI.
The Enforcer 93 is exceptionally user-friendly. It WANTS to be laid on its edge and is very easy to transition from edge to edge. The power felt while arcing turns is almost unmatched but also very controllable. They rarely, if ever, felt overpowering.
This is what the Enforcer 93s were made for.
The 185cm version comes with an 18.5-meter turn radius, but our testers felt it was a breeze to change the shape and size of their turns in any way they wanted, quite unlike the Icelantic Pioneer 96, which seemed limited. The mellow tip rocker allows for nearly full edge contact when the ski is driven, and the slight tail rocker allows for easy release out of each turn, no matter how fast you are going.
Gotta love the crud. The Enforcers do!
Though the Enforcer 93 does not have a crud busting tip, its relatively proportional blunt-nosed tip is designed specifically for busting through the chunder.
While our testers felt comfortable on this ski in most types of crud, it does tend to get bucked around and deflect a bit in chopped up pow like the Soul 7s. On a positive note, unlike most of our skis tested, it handled refrozen chunder and ice quite well.
Crud busting should be an Olympic sport!
This ski handled up to six inch powder days with ease. As one might expect, when Mother Nature delivers more than a few inches, you might be reaching for a ski with more surface area underfoot that was intended for soft snow, such as the Blizzard Rustler 10.
As with most skis in the all-mountain category, the Enforcer 93 was not specifically designed for deep powder days. The rocker found in the tip and tail provides a bit of float and excellent maneuverability in the soft snow, but on the deepest days, our testers were wishing for the Enforcer with 100mm underfoot while bottoming out on the firm snow underneath. If your local hill's powder days are measured in inches and not feet, these could still be the sticks you reach for, even on a pow day.
Pow pow on the Enforcers!
When you hear two full layers of titanium, you don't normally equate that with playfulness, but the Enforcer continued to surprise us, even in this testing metric. While not explicitly poppy and forgiving, the Enforcer 93 is on par with the Legend X regarding playfulness.
While relatively stiff, the flex is fairly consistent throughout the ski and some pop can be found under the right conditions. The maneuverability of the ski also adds to the playfulness, as it makes it quite easy to whip around and even land switch if you so desire.
Big fun at Kirkwood on the Enforcers!
If you only like to bash bumps, the Enforcer 93 may not be the ski for you. Even compared to its brother, the Enforcer 100, it falls just a bit short. While the ski does pivot well, it feels a bit clumsy.
If you're an expert mogul skier, you may find pleasure in the stiffness of the Enforcer 93. As for us mere mortals, a ski with a bit softer flex is a better fit for a day of moguls, like the Rustler 10s.
Bumps, crud, pow...Enforcers destroying it all.
The Enforcer 93 lives to carve. It's geared towards ripping fresh corduroy and hardpack, but it performed well in the majority of our testing metrics. That said, we consider this a true all-mountain ski no matter where in the world your local hill is located, and if you find yourself on a pair, you should feel comfortable exploring the entire mountain. Just make sure you show the Enforcers some love and open them up on a groomer or two.
The Enforcers showing off their all-mountain potential.
The price tag is well worth it here. When it comes to high-performance skis, this model is at the lower end of the price range yet performs like a top dog. For its price-to-performance ratio, it is only bested by the Bizzard Rustler 10.
While the Enforcer 93 scored lower than a few pairs of skis we tested, it held its own. Nordica followed up on their highly rated Enforcer 100 with a slightly skinnier ski and somehow managed not to lose any of the highly acclaimed performance. With a relatively small waist (93mm underfoot), the Enforcer 93 lends itself to being more of a daily driver for the East Coast, but we felt right at home on them in the West too.
All mountain fun on the Enforcers.