Unchanged (thankfully, for most) for 2021, the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free will continue its stronghold on the low-mid 100's freeride skis. Burlier than most in its category, the 104 is able to be ridden pretty darn hard by the most skilled and aggressive skiers. This leads to an incredibly high-gear performance-wise and from a build standpoint, but the impressive part is how playful it is at the same time. Not the most flexible ski in the group, the extended tip and tail rocker profile make up for some of that heft. With more rocker than the Enforcer 100 and a turned-up tail, the 104 with its extra shaping makes for a better choice for soft-snow specific skiers. For your run-of-the-mill expert skier looking for an all-mountain/freeride monster of a ski, the Enforcer 104 should be at the top of a short list. As a line within a brand, the Enforcer series has something for any expert skier. Our testers over the past two years have put this thing right at the top of their lists when it comes to fun, flavorful, overall all-mountain skis.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Carbon Reinforced Chassis
All Mountain, Powder, Big Mountain
Parker Herlihy has a pair of the 191's and he wouldn't have it any other way. Scores of 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold are pretty impressive, and his scores of 4 for overall impression and versatility show the well-rounded nature of the 104. "I love this ski and ski it 90 to 100 days, but who's counting? Damp at any speed and very versatile. Best one for anyone seeking a one-off, do it all, great ski." Parker is a competitive freeskier who knows his stuff, and we're happy to get his input on these great skis. Mike Aidala was all 4's and 5's for his 179 cm test length, including a 5 for overall impression. He states that the Nordica Enforcer 104 skis "are a great combination of power with a freeride performance. These skis provide such fun, playful performance for expert freeride style skiers that need a ski for turning the mountain into a personal terrain park but also need the carving and edge hold and power of the entire Enforcer lineup." True, Mike, these skis are very much capable of having both of those qualities present at the same time! Jeff Neagle called the 104 in the 186 "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 and much easier to maneuver at slower speeds. Sign me up!" Editor's note: Jeff did get his pair for this year and loved them!
Danielle Nichols skied the 179 and loved it. She scored it all 5's out of 5, right down the scorecard. "No contest-super versatile. Another slam-dunk. I can't believe this thing turns the way it does with that waist. Amaze-balls! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!" Fair enough, Danielle! Brooks Curran skis the 186 and says 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 I'm ready to take a nap. This thing truly blows my mind." Obviously, we're seeing some high scores here from Brooks, with all 4's and 5's dotting the scorecard.
We had a lot of testers on this ski over the past year and a half, and we've seen pretty consistent praise from top to bottom. The other interesting thing is how skiers of varied abilities keep coming back to it, showing that it's not an "experts only" type of ski, although it can certainly hold up to the hardest charging skiers on the hill.
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