2020 Nordica Enforcer 100

Remember when there was only the Enforcer 100? Seems like a long time ago, and in that time, it hasn’t changed because it doesn’t have to. It’s still an amazingly versatile ski that simply does it all at a high-performance level. We’ll change up the format a bit and start with tester James Stewart’s adept and concise review of his 185: “What’s to be said that’s not already been said about the Enforcer 100? It has a huge sweet spot, and a great balance of versatility and hard-charging stability.” Built with the same wood core and two sheets of metal, the Enforcer 100 remains at the top of a highly-competitive field of all-mountain skis that all try to claim that they’re true one-ski quivers, but there aren’t many that live up to that claim quite like the E100. Now flanked by an army of Enforcers of different widths and shapes, the 100 stands strong as the original, the one true Enforcer, and it still manages to live up to the hype.

Annie MacDonald loved her 177 cm test length ski, scoring it 5’s for stability, quickness, versatility, and overall impression. “This ski rocked! You could stomp on it and rip GS turns but also jump into some quick turns—super solid, super fun, super ski! I think this would make a lot of skiers happy in a variety of conditions.” One of the most consistent compliments that we hear of the Enforcer 100 is that it’s so quick for having two sheets of metal, and it’s good to see that this has not been forgotten, at least by Annie.

Nifer Hoehn has a fun perspective on her 177 as well. “These are the skis I would buy. Excellent hold when I laid them out—loved the weight and the energy throughout the turn. Super-versatile ski and the underfoot width makes it super all-mountain. Loved the tip—easy to engage the turn and some good pep coming out of it, but still felt like I was on something solid. Love these!” Great info and it’s easy to see the passion people have for this ski as it churns its way through the annals of ski history.

Parker Herlihy was on the 185 and felt it was proper for his size and ability. Mostly 4’s on the scorecard for Parker, including the versatility, and overall impression categories. He calls the Enforcer 100 “versatile, reliable, enforceable! For east coasters, this is an every-day ski. It makes any turn shape. With roughly the same tip as the E104, it’s pretty floaty!” We’ll definitely see some good compare/contrast input with the Enforcer series, and it’s always a worthy debate!

Another 185 tester, Brooks Curran, loved the forgiveness and had a super-high overall impression of the skis. He calls it “the staple of an all-mountain freeride ski. Stiff enough to rip up hard and chunky snow, smooth enough flex and sidecut to keep from feeling harsh, and just enough rocker to keep it afloat in a bit of east coast pow.” It’s always impressive to think that these skis have remained unchanged for a few years, and skiers still are saying the same wonderful things about it.

It seems like Nordica keeps finding ways to make skis more fun and versatile and playful all at the same time. The Enforcer 100 is a beacon in this all-mountain category, as it sits atop a highly competitive field of skis. Advanced and expert level skiers will surely have the most to gain from the high-end construction of the skis, and if you’re looking for one pair of skis that does absolutely everything, this is a good place to start and finish your search.

Testers

Brooks Curran

Age: 24Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Evan Caha

Age: 30Height: 5'10"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and adventurous with a love for high edge angles

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

James Stewart

Age: 30Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, playful, and fun to follow

14 Comments on the “2020 Nordica Enforcer 100”

  1. I currently ski the Bonafide 187cm and ski them everywhere (eastern mountains, western mountain steeps, off/on piste, bumps, etc). I am 6’3″ 195lbs and advanced/expert level. I am looking for a ski with a little more versatility in the deeper powder. The question is whether I want the 193cm Enforcer or the 185cm Enforcer. I heard they ski shorter than the Bonafide. I think I want the 193cm to have the same carving stability as the bonafide and better powder versatility, but I wonder about the bumps if the 193cm might be too long despite it skiing shorter. I am hoping it will feel about the same as my Bonafides, but not completely sure. Any insight will be welcomed.

    1. Hi Jim!
      Bumps can certainly be a challenge on the 193 Enforcer 100. It’s a lot of ski. If that’s the only area you’re concerned about, I think you can make do, but if you’re looking for strong mogul performance above the other qualities, I’d size down. I’m 6/2 220 and I skied the 193 for a few years. Overall I liked the size, but I can speak first hand about their heft and bulk in the bumps. Soft bumps were fine, but the harder they got, the harder it got. Have fun!
      SE

      1. thanks for the recommendation…. Have you skied the 185cm at all and can comment on their performance carving and in the deeper snow given your size? I am interested in hearing your opinion if I did size down to 185 if I would be making the bigger compromise in high speed carving and/or deep snow capability.

        Another good comparison would be if you had skied the 187cm Bonafide and if you had a comparison in the bumps to the 193cm Nordicas?

      2. Hi Jim!
        I actually haven’t skied the 100 in the 185, but all other Enforcers in that size (186 in 104 and 88), so I’m pretty comfortable and confident in saying that the skis are stable enough at that length to accommodate your needs with minimal compromise. I have skied the 187 Bonafide, and I do like it better in bumps. While still a handful in firmer and tighter moguls, the Bonafide’s shorter length, turn radius, and lighter tips and tails make for a more pleasant bump skiing experience. Have fun!
        SE

    1. Hi Thomas!
      It’s a Poplar/Beech blend. Balsa is used in the Santa Ana line and the Enforcer Free skis for 2020. Have fun!
      SE

  2. hi
    I am looking to buy a ne w pair of skis
    i am debating between the enforcer 100, the kore 99, and the bent chetler 100. What is the best option according to you ?
    i would be skiing 60% onpiste and the rest offpiste and some occasional touring with it( i would mount the shit binding)
    as i already have a pair of race skis i could do some compromise on the overall performance on piste, but not to much.
    i use these skis to replace my old blackcrows camox.
    i am 183 cm and 80 kg and i ski in the alps
    thank you for your answer.

    1. Hi Louis!
      I think the Kore 99 hits you right in the sweet spot. I think the Enforcer leans a bit bulky for your application, and the Chetler is on the softer side. I think you’ll get all the performance you’ll need out of the Kore. Likely the 180 would be the best size for you, unless you know you like longer skis! Have fun!
      SE

  3. I’m between the Enforcer 100 and Mantra M5. Mostly East Coast with 1-2 trips out west p/yr and 75% on piste. I’m aggressive. I’ve never skied the Enforcer but these two seem to be the closest competitors from what I have read. I have skied the M5’s a few times and love them. Any insight would be great. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jared!
      I’m not going to try to talk you out of the Mantra, especially if you’re 75% on-piste. The Enforcer 100 has more usability in off-piste settings, so for your application I’d look to the Mantra. The Enforcer 93 (or for 2021, the 94) would be a closer comparison to the M5 for a 75% on-piste ski, so I’d say that’s worth a look before pulling a trigger. Have fun!
      SE

  4. Hello,

    I currently have a Fischer 94 FR as a frontside ski. I primarily ski in the east, but my wife and I are planning on traveling out west at least once a season moving forward. I’m not sure if I should get a second ski that’s 105+ for out west and keep the 94 FR, or if I should just upgrade to something like the enforcer 100 and have a 1-ski quiver that I can use in both the east and west. Don’t do a lot of backcountry skiing, but ski a variety of inbounds terrain. Love the reviews and really appreciate the insight you give. Thanks!

    1. Hi Nick!
      I’m a big fan of the two-ski quiver. I have an Enforcer 88 and 100, and this gets me pretty much all I need. I like to keep at least 10 mm between my skis, so you should be looking at a 104+ for that second ski. Check out the Enforcer 104 or the K2 Mindbender 108, or if you like the Fischer, the 107 Ti. Have fun, lots of good options out there!
      SE

  5. Hi,

    I’m looking at either the Enforcer 100 or 104 and also not sure on opting for the shorter (177/179) or longer (185/186) lengths, but could also use a little advice about some similar skis in both the all-mountain and free categories. I am 210lb 5’10” and an intermediate/advanced skier looking for something to give me a bit of a challenge but be stable at speed and still allow me to have a good amount of fun (not a lot to ask for haha).

    Mostly skiing 50/50 on/off piste in the French Alps, but next season mostly off the slopes and also want to add in some touring too. Given this, what would you say between the two Nordica’s, and also as they come up fairly heavy, what could you recommend as something with equal kinds of performance but maybe a little lighter.

    Cheers

    Elliot

    1. Hi Elliot!
      For true 50/50 skiing, it doesn’t get much better than the 100. I got to ski on the 2021 version for the past few months and really, really enjoyed it. I would have skied the 185 in the 2020, but since the 191 was available, I hopped on that one. I’d go longer, so 185/186 for you. Not really too much difference between the 20 and 21 versions–both so stable and fun. On the slightly lighter side, check out the Rossignol Experience 94 and the Salomon QST 99. Have fun!
      SE

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