2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 FR

The all-new 2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free is set up nicely for a big year. The “Free” sub-category of the Enforcer line indicates that the ski has a lighter wood core and a turned-up tail. Other than that, they’re pretty much similar in build to the other Enforcer skis. The 104 is the narrowest of the Free line, and is quite possibly the most versatile new ski we’ve seen in a while. It measures 104 underfoot, but on the groomers, it feels a lot narrower. In the soft snow, the converse is true—it floats and smears like a much wider ski. With a longer rocker profile and taper shape than the Enforcer 100, it’s better suited for soft and fresh snow, but still has a ton of snap and pop for on-trail adventures. We had a lot of testers who were eager to get on this new ski, and the general consensus is that the Enforcer 104 Free is going to blow a lot of minds this winter.

Jeff Neagle has a colorful description of the 186 that he tested: “It’s like my two favorite skis (the Nordica Soul Rider 97 and the Enforcer 110) had a child. It can still rip turns on firm snow, almost as well as the 100, but it’s way more playful. Much better soft-snow feel, much easier to maneuver at slower speeds.” Unsurprisingly, Jeff’s scores never dipped below a 4 out of 5, so I guess we can sign him up for a pair.

Brooks Curran, also on the 186, had nothing but good things to say about it. “Felt like an extension of my body from the first turn. The translation from mind to ski often gets overlooked, but this thing is happy with any shape of turn at any speed, from high-energy to lazy and slow. This thing truly blows my mind.” Well that’s one mind blown so far!

Matt McGinnis would have preferred the 186 to his test length of 179, but still managed to squeeze some fun out of the ski. “Between the softer flex and extended rocker, the Enforcer 104 lends itself well to soft snow and surfy skiing.” Matt didn’t quite find it to live up to on-trail expectations set forth from the Enforcers 100 and 93, but it is a different ski for sure.

Bob St.Pierre was a huge fan of the 186, scoring it all 4’s right down the line. This is a good look for a ski that’s supposed to do everything well. He calls the 104 “pretty much a perfect ski. I loved everything about it from bumps and trees to fast carving. It’s stiffer than I expected, but still really awesome.” Despite the turned-up tail and the lighter wood, the stiffness is still all there, in Bob’s mind.

On the 179, Evan Caha found it to be “very playful. Great softer-snow quiver ski for those that like playing around the mountain. Rips and floats in powder. The hype is real–> dope. It’s a do-everything ski that has the perfect amount of soft.” Evan’s overall impression score of 5 out of 5 is pretty much par for the course with our fleet of testers.

The bottom line is that we could go on and on with testers and their glowing comments. I’ll save you the trouble—they’re all insanely positive. We had a few ladies rip this thing, and they loved it too. It does bottom out at the 172 length with no women’s version in shorter lengths for the 2020 year, but perhaps that’s something to look forward to in the future. Until then, advanced and expert level skiers looking for a soft snow ski that pretty much rips the whole hill needn’t look further than the Enforcer 104 Free. We’re sure you’ll hear plenty of news and information about these skis in the months to come.

Testers

Danielle Nichols

Age: 42Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Michael Carroll-Sherwin

Age: 30Height: 6'1"Weight: 185 lbs.

Ski Style: Quick and nimble with freeride influence

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Jascha Herlihy

Age: 19Height: 5'9"Weight: 195 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive and fearless with a playful soul

Annie MacDonald

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

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

Parker Herlihy

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

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Brooks Curran

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

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Evan Caha

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

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

Matt McGinnis

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Surfy freeride with a freestyle background

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

20 Comments on the “2020 Nordica Enforcer 104 FR”

  1. Everyone seems pretty excited about this ski. Thanks for the review. How would this ski rate as a one ski quiver for Stowe? How would you compare this ski to the Atomic Bent Chetler 100?

    1. Hi Rob!
      I think you’ll see a lot of these at Stowe this year for an every day ski. It’s high on my list right now! In terms of the comparison, the Atomic is quite a bit softer overall, but what you lose in stability you make up for in quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness. The Enforcer is a lot more business-like. I was pretty surprised at how stiff it was, but the longer rocker in the tips and tails make it easier to get from turn to turn. Total blast on groomers and in the soft stuff. The Atomic will do fine in most scenarios, but not quite as grippy on harder snow as the Enforcer. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. How does this compare to the blizzard rustler 10? especially in terms of stability, i have found my blizzards a little bit lacking in that department in cut up powder

    1. Hi Jonathan!
      I had the same experience with the Rustler. Loved it in fresh, but not a huge fan of the crud performance. The 104, thanks to the two full sheets of metal, is more stable than the Rustler. Even on hardpack groomers, the 104 holds on pretty well while I found the Rustler to have a smaller and trickier balance point. Have fun!
      SE

  3. SE…again, great stuff. I’m just under 6’1 and 210 lbs, and am an intermediate (advanced-wanna-be) skier. I ski in Utah and currently run a pair of Nordica Navigator 90 as my do-all skis. Wanting to build just a 2-pair quiver. How would you compare Enforcer 104 FS to Kore 180 and Rossi Soul 7 HD? I’m assuming Kore/Rossi are more floaty? This next pair will be my mostly powder skis. Thanks for your input.

    Ken

    1. Thanks, Ken!
      I’m assuming you are talking about the Kore 105. The Enforcer, although keeping well with your Nordica quiver, is certainly the burlier of the three skis. For true powder, you might prefer something more maneuverable like the Soul, which floats like a dream, but isn’t quite as amazing on firmer or more variable conditions. The Kore strikes a nice balance between the two, as it has a great shape for soft snow as well as a stiffer and more consistent overall feel and flex. It doesn’t require the same input as the Enforcer, but still is hard to find the upper limit of the ski. If you’re up in the air, I’d go for the Kore.
      SE

      1. Thanks much, SE. My buddy has a pair of Kore 105 @180, so I’ll demo them. I do ski quite a bit of chopped powder and mostly on-piste, so likely will come down to Kore and Enforcer. Thanks again.

  4. SE…one more follow-up. How would you compare the Enforcer 104 to Salomon QST 106 and Fischer 108? Again, I’m 6’1″, 210 lbs, and ski in Utah. Looking for a pair or mostly powder skis that hav decent on-piste performance. Currently run a pair of Nordica Navigator 90 as my groomer skis. Thanks much.

    Ken

    1. Ken,
      The 106 is going to be the superior floater of the three mostly due to the rocker profile. It’s a lot more pronounced than on the other skis. That does, however, make it lack a bit on the groomers. The 104 really shines here, as its two sheets of metal and narrower waist make it a capable front-side ski. The 108 is built much the same as the 104, but with a bit more width at the waist, it’s not as quick from edge to edge as the Nordica. If you’ve already got the groomer ski, I’d opt for the 106, no slouch on the groomers, and a fantastic floater. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hi there, I am seriously considering getting a pair of Enforcer 104 Free skis but am stumped on what length. I spent the last 2 days on a 185 Enforcer 110 Free’s and absolutely love them. They handled all snow conditions and were surprising versatile for a 110 mm underfoot ski. As one would expect you wouldn’t want to ski all day on the 110 in harder snow conditions, hence my interest in the 104. As a ski patroller my work ski is a Fischer Ranger 102 Fr at 177 mm length and choose the mid length version to better get round the mountain and for toboggan handling. I noticed the reviewers were mostly on the 186 version. I am 5’9″. 159lbs, 57 years old and a type III skier. Does the 104 ski shorter? Is the 186 more like a 184 cm ski? My sense is the 179 may be short for a west coast all round ski. Your thoughts?

    1. Hi Eric!
      I don’t think it skis short. I tested the 186 and I’m 6/2 220. I found it to be enough ski for sure, although I’d likely purchase the 191 for myself. If you’re on the 177 in the Ranger 102 but want something with more stability and power, and the fact that you liked the 110 in the 185, I think the 186 would be fine. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Hi, I’m a 5’8″, 165 lb, strong intermediate skier (all greens/blues, easier blacks, some off piste) looking for a second pair of skis. I’m currently skiing the Rossignol Experience 84s (162cm), which I like for all-mountain East skis, as they’re good on icy conditions we see here. However, we’re taking more trips out West, and I’d like a ski that I can continue to advance with and improve into off-piste, moguls, and tree skiing and one that will also be better for softer snow conditions and some (<12") fresh snow. I have noticed my current skis sinking when I ski off piste in Utah, even on a non-powder day. Ideally I'd like something to let me enjoy skiing the groomers with my wife (low intermediate) and also also venture a little more off piste. I'm not a super hard charger now (especially as the slopes get steeper), more of a moderate pace overall, but I do like to push it from time to time, and my current skis start to chatter in harder/uneven conditions, so I'd like something a little more stable.

    I'm looking at this ski in a 172cm length probably. I've also looked at the Line Sick Day 104 (172cm), Blizzard Rustler 10 (172 cm), and Fischer Ranger 102 (170 cm). Do you have any feedback on which of these skis (or others if something else is better) would be a good fit for me? Am I on the right track for size? Thanks.

    1. Hi John!
      I think the Ranger and the Rustler are your better options. The Enforcer is quite stiff and the Line is on the other end of the spectrum. the Rustler and Ranger sit somewhere in the middle, both with good width and stability, but still light in the tips and tails for maneuverability. Both are great choices, and I’m thinking those sizes are appropriate as well. Have fun!
      SE

  7. Hi, I’m x amateur free rider and racer looking to replace my elan ripstick 106 @188, would you say this is a good replacement and would you go for the 186 or 191. I’m 6ft and 176 lb. your advise would be welcome thanks

    1. Hi Tim!
      It’s definitely a step up in the burliness department. The two sheets of metal make it stiffer and more damp than your Elan, but that might be a welcome change? Certainly an awesome ski for all-mountain/freeride conditions and terrain. For a more similar feel to the Ripstick, I’d go with the 186 in the Enforcer. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Hi There, thanks for the advice and I’m looking for a more stiffer and damp ski – with the rocker profile do you think the 186 would be a bit short considering effective edge length. It would be nice to try both but need to buy without testing.

      2. Hi Timothy!
        It’s not dramatic enough of a rocker profile to thoroughly change the way the ski feels. I’d say to stick with what you’re more comfortable with–size up for more aggressive and faster skiing, and down for mellower speeds and shorter turns. Have fun!
        SE

  8. Hi guys, I’m 6’4”, 210 lbs, Type 3 skier, and I’ve always skied 188’s with pretty serious tip/tail rocker. Should I go with 186 or 191? I’d rather have a bit more maneuverability than speed, so I assume 186 is the way to go?

    1. Hi Josh!
      I think you called it with your preference for maneuverability. That 191, although you have the size to drive, is a pretty big and burly stick. I’d say the 186 will do all you want it to do and not complain at all. Have fun!
      SE

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