2021 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free

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lengths: 191 cm
radius: 21.5 m at 191 cm
sidecut: 143/115/132 mm at 191 cm
price: $ 849.99

You gotta love a ski that only comes in a 191. The fact that it has a thicker core and two sheets of metal only makes it cooler. The 2021 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free returns unchanged except for graphics, and takes big-mountain freeride skiing to the next level. As the widest ski in the Nordica lineup, the Enforcer 115 Free is the choice of big-mountain enthusiasts and the hardest of chargers in the world. Built with massive amounts of power for flotation and crud-busting abilities, the skis are like freight trains out there on the hill. If you get these, I hope you have some huge mountain face in mind and at your disposal. Versatility will not be a strong suit for the 115, as they're pretty much made for one-dimensional use. That doesn't mean that they can't be more of an accessible ski, but when a company only makes one large size, they're pretty much saying that there's only a select few types of skiers that can and want to handle skis like this. That said, when you're arcing huge super-g turns down an Alaskan mountainside, these are the skis you're going to want, bar none. Our contributors see that aspect of the skis, and understand that we don't really get those types of testing conditions and terrain, especially here in Stowe, Vermont, but they can imagine, and they have fantastic imaginations.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Wood Core
Two Sheets of Metal
Carbon Reinforced Chassis
Powder, Big Mountain

Jeff Neagle took the same tact with the sales pitch as we do on our plug race boots: "if you have to ask about these skis, you probably don't need them." As a result, skiers who aren't looking for the biggest and burliest skis out there should likely look elsewhere. While we're not fans of dissuading sales, we also want to put skiers on the best equipment for them, so there's a lot of skiers that need not apply here. Jeff's scores of 5's out of 5 for flotation, stability, and torsional stiffness are not too surprising, as these skis will stay on top of pretty much anything. Jeff also noted that the 191 was long and aggressive for him, so it's kind of a non-starter. "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 turns require some significant input and can be fatiguing. If I was on the Freeride World Tour, I'd ski these; but I'm not, so the Enforcer 110 is my preference." Again, there're proper tools for any job, and it has to be the right person to wield that turn as well.

Justin Perry probably isn't that tool wielder either, not taking anything away from him as a skier, but more so that there are better options for him. Like Jeff, Justin found the 191 long and prohibitive. Perhaps if he were on that Alaskan face, they'd suffice, but not for normal skiing. 5's for flotation and stability, much like Jeff, are expected, but Justin's overall impression of 5 is pretty cool. "This was the largest ski I skied in the test. I bet it would CRUSH big mountain powder runs. On the groomers though this thing lays massive tracks down the trail. Super-good edge hold and the speed limit is only set by how far you lay them over." And in terms of versatility, Justin notes that they're "not a great one-ski quiver." Very astute!

Lots of cool stuff going on with these skis, they're just not for everyone, and that's fine, that's what you're going to get with a big and burly stick that has more of a one-track mind. For that track, however, the Enforcer 115 is more than appropriate and insanely cool.