The 2020 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free is the new name for the Enforcer Pro of years past, but is the same big, burly stick as it has always been. Available only in a 191 cm length, the 115 has a 21.5-meter sidecut radius which is perfect for making a huge variety of turns. Obviously best suited for deep snow and steep terrain, these skis are built for the highest-level athletes out there in the mountains today. Built with a lighter-weight wood core like the rest of the Enforcer Free series and with the same two sheets of metal, the 115 is a sweet stick that can handle a ton of snow with a playful and fun-loving character. Experienced skiers will glean the best performance out of these skis, and while they’re big and wide and kind of heavy, they still have that Enforcer quickness that sets the series apart from other lines in the marketplace. Our testers note both the ridiculously high performance-level of the skis as well as how much fun they can be.
Jeff Neagle felt that the 191 length was a bit “aggressive” for him, but that’s what you get when you’re on a Nordica Enforcer 115 Free. His top scores of 5 were given for flotation, stability, and torsional stiffness. With any ski this wide, if it has two sheets of metal in it, that’s a lot of material, so as a result, the edge hold and torsional stiffness will be pretty high and good. His low scores of 3 out of 5 for quickness and forgiveness aren’t terribly surprising, as it’s pretty stiff and wide to be quick and soft. “This is a big-mountain charger. Stiffer than the 110. If you have to ask, you probably don’t need it. Advanced and expert skiers will appreciate the endless stability combined with the shape’s ability to slash and smear. They’re not light, so those slashes and smears require some significant skier input and can be fatiguing.” It did used to be called the “Pro” after all. In those terms, “If I was on the Freeride World tour, I’d ski these. I’m not, so the 110 is my preference.” Yes, it certainly does have its own little niche as a big mountain ski, and it certainly does that well.
Justin Perry also found the 191 cm length to be a bit prohibitive for all-mountain skiing for him, but he still gave top marks for flotation, stability, edge hold, and overall impression. Pretty much right in line with Jeff in terms of scoring, Justin was also a bit bearish on quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness. These are unsurprising scores, as the Enforcer 115 generally likes to go fast on big mountains, and not really much else. “This was the largest ski I skied in the test. It would CRUSH big mountain powder runs. On the groomers though, this thing lays massive tracks down the trail, especially when soft. Super-good edge hold and the speed limit is only set by how far you lay them over.” In terms of the versatility aspect of the ski, Justin appropriately notes that this is “not a good one-ski quiver.” Unless all you do is big mountain competitions and nothing else, we agree.
When you click into these things, you’ll be quite sure you’re on a different animal than a normal powder ski. Nordica has made no bones about the fact that these skis are, and should be, stiff, burly and ready to tear the top off of any huge mountain that you can get on top of. They’re more of a one-trick pony for sure, but that’s a pretty cool pony!