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2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Ski Review

The ski industry as a whole is in a pretty funky place right now. Companies are trying to grasp on to the latest trends, hoping to capture their intended audience through a combination of marketing, engineering, and design. Sometimes, their work falls a bit flat, and other times, it pops. In the case of the 2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited, we’re seeing quite a bit of pop. We’ve done an introduction on the Unlimited series from Nordica as a whole, but this was the first opportunity we got to ski and test one of the marquee models of this new lineup, and suffice to say, we are impressed.

As alpine touring and backcountry skiing continues to proliferate, ski companies are heeding the call and responding in kind. With the advent of more hybrid-style boots and bindings that can cross over between the resort and the backcountry, skis are the latest pieces of hardware to follow suit. The challenge is to build a ski that is light enough to be efficient on the climbs while remaining fun and engaging on the way down. Where a lot of these skis have come up short in the past is in the stability and energy departments, so Nordica decided to do something about that. The question then becomes, for the manufacturer, how much of an existing model to we use to inspire the lighter-weight version of an already successful ski? For Nordica, the answer is the shape. We’ve loved and sang praises of the Enforcer shapes in the past, and have found a lot to like, specifically, about the quality and character of the Enforcer 104 Free. To our delight, they’ve taken the same footprint, both shape and profile, and incorporated it into the Unlimited. Gone are the two sheets of metal, to nobody’s surprise, dropping the weight of the ski from 2137 grams per ski in the 179 cm length to 1693 grams in the Unlimited. This 444-gram reduction equates to a 21% weight loss per ski—a pretty significant slimming of the 104. Now, to be fair, there are still other “alpine” skis out there that weigh less than the 104 Unlimited, and straight-up touring skis will still come in at far less weight, but for a combination of uphill efficiency, downhill performance, and Enforcer 104 shaping design, this new stick is pretty darn impressive.

AT A GLANCE


2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

WEIGHT

165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

18.5 m @ 186 cm

135 / 104 / 124 mm

1700g @ 186 cm


Before we dive into the skiing performance, how did they do what they did? As per most skis, it all starts with the core. While the alpine Enforcers have a denser performance wood core with more, narrower stringers, the 104 Unlimited starts with a macroblock poplar core. This is a lighter wood to start, and when the stringers are wider (macro), this alleviates the need for more epoxy to hold narrower stringers together. This shaves weight while keeping the ski smooth and predictable. It’s not quite as light as paulownia, so we’re already seeing Nordica lean to the more performance side of the spectrum to start. On top of that core, incorporated into the fiberglass laminate, sits Nordica’s Carbon Chassis LT. These vertically-oriented carbon stringers are woven into the glass to create a cohesive and responsive character. On the bottom of the core sits another carbon laminate to boost power even further without adding heavier materials. In addition to the Carbon Chassis that filters forward into the Unlimited, the Enforcer’s True Tip tech also follows suit. The engineers trim the fat (heavier ABS sidewall material) in the tip of the ski by replacing it with an extension of the light weight wood core. This not only reduces mass, but also swing weight, creating a more maneuverable and playful feel, especially in softer snow.

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A good build is nothing without a shape and profile to back it up, and here’s where Nordica is setting a new bar. The funny thing is that Nordica has created something unique, but without changing anything. They’ve used a tried-and-true formula and made it lighter, different, and dare I say, better? In our 186 cm test length, the skis generate an 18.5-meter turn radius, using a 40% underfoot camber, 25% tail, and 35% tip rocker profile. These dimensions, at this weight, with this build really combine to generate a wonderful vibe. You’re still getting the same flotation as the 104 Free in terms of surface area, but since the skis are lighter, they’re going to stay on top of the snow better. By keeping things the same, in terms of the overall footprint of the ski, while making it different with the energy and weight, Nordica has opened up the Enforcer 104 to a whole new demographic of skier.

We mounted a Marker Duke PT 16 on our test pair of 186’s, so we didn’t go for lightness so much as stronger alpine performance. We were not disappointed in that regard. Sure, you can put more of a minimalistic binding on this ski and it will certainly increase the uphill efficiency, but we were slightly more interested in a more confident downhill character, which we believe we got. It’s like clicking into a Jester 16, so it feels like you are in a rugged alpine binding. Our general philosophy is that all skis basically tour the same except for weight. If you want the best touring ski, get the lightest one. When you want something to blend the ups and the downs, then the needle’s got to move to the middle. This setup that we had definitely pushes the needle to the downhill/resort side of the spectrum.

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Here at Stowe, we had mainly early-season skiing, and that was fine with us. From the moment we pushed off, it was clear that Nordica had a very interesting combination here. They hook up and bring you into the turn just like the 104 Free, but they do it easier. They grip surprisingly well on the firmer hardpack that we had, just like the 104 Free, but it does it easier. They provide excellent energy and rebound out of the turn, and here’s where the interesting part comes into play. The 104 Free is not as snappy or energetic as the Unlimited — it is stabler and stronger, but not more poppy. The new Unlimited uses its carbon laminates very effectively—generating metal-like grip and power without the weight. This was the most surprising thing about the ski for me, reminding me of the way the Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition uses carbon to mimic metal. It’s quicker than the 104 Free, too, allowing for more maneuverability and agility in tighter spots. On the sides of the trails and in the woods, this is a huge benefit to most skiers, making it easier for more people to enjoy the shape and profile of the 104. In crud and choppy snow, it gets deflected more than most skis with two sheets of metal, but that’s on the “expected” list, and especially so for a ski that’s ~1700 grams. Is it going to rip top-speed, long-radius turns down a wind-blown face as well as 104 Free? No. From a strictly downhill and resort perspective, however, this 104 Unlimited performed way above expectations, carving clean and round turns on hard-packed snow, while remaining light, playful, and freeride-oriented for any and all softer snow adventures that you can conjure. It lacks the high gear of the 104 Free, and other skis with similar weight and characteristics, but that’s not the whole point.

This is where the downhill performance, as well as the overall intention of the ski, really brings up some interesting questions and scenarios. Did Nordica make a touring-specific ski that just so happens to share the footprint with one of their most popular models? How often do skiers really need two full sheets of metal in a 104? I hope I’m not sounding like I’m bashing the 104 Free, because that’s an amazing ski, but after skiing the Unlimited, it’s just so hard to discount it as an everyday, everywhere ski. The Latin phrase “Cui bono” comes to mind, as in, “who benefits.” Who benefits from a lighter Enforcer 104 Free that skis like the dickens? Who benefits from having a rugged yet playful touring ski? Does Nordica benefit by making a softer and more user-friendly Enforcer 104? This is an interesting one, because intent aside, this is objectively a wonderful ski. There are far more skiers out there who can ski and access this Unlimited version of the 104 versus the Free, whether touring or not, and that’s a huge advantage for both skiers and the industry as a whole. The more I think about it and ski it, the “Unlimited” name of the 104 really says it all, and I don’t really care if they meant it that way or not, it’s a pretty perfect way to describe the new Enforcer 104.

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Written by Bob St.Pierre on 12/16/21

72 thoughts on “2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Ski Review

    1. Thanks, Grant!
      Jeff and I were both pretty darn impressed. From top to bottom, there's not a lot they can't do. I'm interested in seeing how the 88 and 94 stack up--sometimes the builds of these "lighter" skis work well in the wider shapes, as there's just more material there to deal with. Also haven't gotten info as to why there's no 100 Unlimited--I know you were dying to ask. $849.99 and they're yours. See you soon, either Santa or otherwise!
      bob

  1. If you had to choose between the 104 Unlimited vs the DPS Wailer A100 RP for west coast all mountain one quiver what would you say?

  2. Realized I didn’t provide enough background to earlier question. Comparing these to the DPS Wailer A100 RP for a primarily resort all mountain daily west potential one ski quiver for 75 off piste. 52 years, 220 lb 6’4”, average advanced, not an expert, not a super hard charger, like to play around in the trees, bump and bowls mostly, medium speed more on the turnier side but still like to open it up occasionally in a big open bowl. Thanks.

    1. Hi Joe!
      While the 104 and it's 18.5-meter radius feels turny, it's still not quite like the 15-m arc of the Wailer. The Wailer is a bit heavier with more dampness due to the more rugged application of carbon, to go along with the denser wood core, so it might have more of a high-end feel and potential. I'm 6/2 225 and did not feel like either ski lacked for performance. If you're looking for a lighter ski that does great in all conditions, I think the Enforcer is a really good choice. If I had to choose, I'd take the Nordica, but it's closer than I would have thought as of two weeks ago!
      SE

        1. Joe,
          The Wailer is a bit stiffer, and it's also heavier. I'd think that would help the Enforcer in the quickness department, even with the longer radius.
          SE

        2. Hey guys.
          Great review, thanks!
          Question on this vs. the blaze? I had high hopes for the blaze but when I get to speed I’ve been disappointed in the chatter. Need something stiffer, how would you rate the unlimited compared to the blaze?
          Thanks!

          1. HI Brian!
            I'd give the nod to the 104 in lack of chatter department. It's still light and metal free, so there's going to be a limit to most/all of the skis in this range, but I do think the tip to tail carbon application of the Nordica put it in a better place to handle adverse conditions and terrain.
            SE

  3. Awesome review. I picked up the 94 unlimited paired with the shift bindings. Only 2 days on them but I can truly say they’re amazing. They hook up, easy to maneuver and comfortable off the bat.

  4. This ski is very intriguing. I am always looking that perfect one ski to take out west. I ski fast and aggressively, but as a lighter skier (165) I tend to not like overly stiff skis. I was a huge fan of the Patron, so this seems similar. I am currently on a K2 Pinnacle 105. Like the ski for forgiveness and stability, but would like a little more playfulness. I wonder if the perfect ski is a child of current Enforcer 104 and this new unlimited.

    1. HI Jason!
      It's pretty awesome. Not just for a lighter ski, but for any ski. I am basically trading out my Pinnacle 105 for this ski and am looking forward to it.
      SE

      1. Follow up question. How would the Santa Ana 104 compare to the Enforcer Unlimited 104 and Standard 104? Does it sit in the middle between the two?

        1. HI Jason!
          I'd say that's a fair statement. Partial metal, still with carbon, so it's going to have a nice blend of power and quickness. I've thought that the Santa Ana skis for the past two years would make great Enforcer-minus options for a lot of skiers. Same great shape, slightly more forgiving performance. Have fun!
          SE

  5. I am coming off of Soul 7 HD. I loved them on soft snow but when it gets a bit cruddy was getting bounced around to much. I bought the 104 Free in 186cm this year and they are great on easier terrain but to much ski for me when things get difficult. I find I can't really pivot and move them where I need them on steeps and tight trees. I know the 104 free are awesome skis but just to much ski for my ability. Is the unlimited that much more forgiving and what size for a 6' guy around 200lbs. Thanks for the review and all the insights on this site. It is amazing.

    1. Thanks Ryan!
      Both Jeff (5/10 155) and I (6/2 225) were on the 186 and liked it a lot. I think that application, where a skier likes the float and shape of the 104, but wants an easier/more maneuverable ski will really gravitate to the Unlimited. It's easier due to the lightness, but it still has good responsiveness and snap because of the carbon. Hope that helps!
      SE

  6. I'm 6ft, 170lb 25yr old Colorado skier who spends 70% in trees, bowl and bumps, and 30% on groomers. I've been skiing for years on a pair of 2014 Line Sir Francis Bacon's, and I recently picked up a used pair of enforcer 93s for early season days just to rediscover how much fun I've been missing out on carving on groomers on the way back to the lifts. I've been really impressed with the 93s, so I'm thinking that these 104s will be a good upgrade this year to my old bacons, and I'm mostly hoping to add some more carving fun to my 70% freeride-ish days. My plan is just alpine bindings, no touring. From what you're saying, it sounds like the unlimited would be more maneuverable and playful in the trees than the free, without much difference in carving performance on a casual blue groomer. Is that true? Is there anything that would push me towards the free over the unlimited, considering that if I want to push my speed limits one day I could just take my 93s? Thanks! This review was very helpful.

    1. HI Adam! I feel like I pushed the 104 Unlimited pretty hard--not so casual--and it responded quite well. Definitely not the same sound/stability as the Free, but for its weight and the other things it does well, I was impressed. I'd go with the 104 Unlimited over a Free for most days and most speeds and conditions. Will that be true for everyone? Probably not, but I am preferring the lighter and snappier skis these days. Have fun!
      SE

    1. HI Daniel!
      Elan Ripstick 106, Volkl Blaze 106, Line Sick Day 104, and Armada Tracer 108 come to mind as having a nice blend of light weight and energetic performance--good for both uphill and downhill, but very impressive on the downs!
      Have fun!
      SE

      1. I got a pair of the Armada tracers last year as a touring ski and was/am very disappointed. The ski definitely likes to be driven with your weight forward, but the ski is to noodley upfront, bouncing around quite a bit at speed if the snow isn't very soft in a way that makes it hard to trust / push your weight into. Was very excited reading this review till I saw this comparison (since I'm looking to replace the tracers). How would you compare the 104 unlimited's to light resort skis like the fischer rangers, head kore, rosi sender, or solly QST?

        1. HI CJ!
          The Enforcer 104 Unlimited benefits from having the same shaping and profiling of an already fantastic ski, while the Tracer is kind of its own thing. I am a huge fan of the 104 and it's ability to do a lot of different things from carving on-trail to snaking through tight lines in the woods. I'd say the Sender is the most direct comparison, while the Kores are quite a bit stiffer, the QST is heavier, and the Ranger kind of splits the difference. Hope that helps!
          SE

          1. Very helpful thanks. Given I missed aiming for a touring ski that works well for the downhill, I'm looking to prioritize downhill performance. Am I reading correctly in that the Kores would provide the strongest, most stable/damp downhill performance of the group? To add a few more to the mix, how would the Liberty Origin and DPS Pagoda's compare? And do you have any experience with the moment skis? Commander tour has metal in it which is certainly interesting.

            Also, for more context I'm a tahoe based skier and ski relatively aggressively, which may explain my preference for heavier / more stable skis.

          2. HI CJ!
            If you're looking for heavier and more stable skis that can still tour, the Kore is a great choice. DPS's Pagoda 100 RP is awesome. I think the Origin you may find on the floppy side. We don't get a chance to get on Moment currently, but did get on K2's new Dispatch skis that are touring with metal and they felt pretty darn stable while being pretty light.
            SE

  7. So many amazing skis to choose from these days! How would you compare the Ripstick 104 Tour to these? Based on your reviews, sounds like the Ripstick 104 tour is lighter and definitively on the tour side of the spectrum, where the 104 Free would be a light 50/50 ski. Does that sound about right? For a heavier skier (I'm 5'11" 215) looking primarily for an easy to ski touring ski, does one stand out more than the other. Am considering weight but mostly, just want something that will be easy to ski in all the conditions you find in the BC. Currently using the older heavier Tracer 98 but looking for a little bit more width/flotation.

    1. Hi JB!
      I have been loving my 104 Unlimited so far this year. The Ripstick 104 definitely felt like more of a touring ski to me, and I'd put an 80/20 split on that ski versus a 20/80 (tour to resort) for the Nordica. It's hard for me to look past the downhill capabilities of the Unlimited. The weight does make a difference in terms of uphill efficiency, it just depends on how much of a priority that is for you. I would say the difference in weight does not overcome the gap in downhill performance. Hope that helps!
      SE

  8. Awesome review! Love this site, keep up the good work!

    I am interested in getting these as part of a touring quiver. Right now, I only have a super light/skinnier set up: Hagan core 89 skis in 170cm length, Hagan pure 10/ATK crest 10 bindings, and dynafit TLT 7 boots. It's a great set up for going uphill and does surprisingly well on the down for it's weight, but they definitely are not as damp or stable on the downhill as my in bounds skis (enforcer 100 in 169cm length).

    I really love the enforcer line and am considering getting the enforcer unlimited 104 in the 170cm length. Do you think itd be appropriate to pair these with a beefier tech binding such as the ATK raider 12 or ATK Freerider 14 and my TLT 7 boots?

    For reference , I am 5'7, 165 lbs advanced (not quite expert) level skier.

    Thanks!

    1. HI Andrew!
      I think that's acceptable for sure. The nice thing about all the Unlimited skis is that you can really mix up boot and binding options. They're light enough to still be efficient with lighter/techier bindings, but also stout and stable enough for straight-up alpine boots and bindings. I think the 170 makes the most sense.
      SE

  9. Hi, love your extremely helpful site.

    I'm a 6'0", ~175lbs (and growing), 41 year old guy who grew up skiing and skis as often as possible here in NC, and I try to take a trip to the NE or out West once a year. I reckon I'm a level 7 skier who can ski everywhere here, and can ski most any run on a bigger mountain but probably won't look good doing it on the steepest slopes or the loosest snow. I will never skin up a mountain and am unlikely to ever be a true backcountry skier, but would like to feel confident enough to try it should the opportunity arise, and would like something light enough to not wear me and my aging left knee out. My daily drivers here are ~2016 Blizzard Latigos at 78mm underfoot and two sheets of metal, but with some tip and tail rocker. They are awesome for the skiing around here and I love them—can charge hard while still varying turn shapes and playing around—but find that I am very limited when I take trips with my more-talented-than-me friends. I ski fast and hard here, but have never learned to adequately ski powder, trees or bumps, and on trips I spend a lot of time unconfidently following those better friends through the woods and chopped powder while constantly aware of my own limitations and those of my skis. I almost never fall in them, but am garbage in the bumps. My main goal is to get some lessons to learn how to ski looser snow, trees, bumps, and the rare powder, and to have the right skis to do it, while realistically acknowledging that we're talking about a maximum of up to a week per year, and even then, probably spending at least half the time on groomers and ungroomed inbounds trails. I'd be unlikely to use them here, unless it dumps. Since I already have dedicated hard snow skis, I would want the new ones to differ significantly enough from the Latigos to justify the purchase. So, which skis would be forgiving enough to develop those skills while remaining more than competent on groomers? I am thinking something in at least the mid 90s underfoot, up to the low 100s, but if that thinking is off, please let me know. I've read your reviews of these 104 Unlimiteds (sound great), the Ripsticks in both 96 and 106 widths (love the idea of lightweight and versatile), and the Rustler 9 and 10 (was extremely lucky to demo the 10 and liked it, but it was on NC hardpack that was inappropriate for the ski so I got a very limited feel for them), and those all sound appealing to me, as do a couple from the Ranger line, and I am open to other suggestions. Our demo opportunities for that type of ski are very rare here so any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    1. HI Adam!
      I know it sounds simplistic after all that, but the Ripstick 96 sounds like an awesome choice to me. Great grip for a wide, light ski and a ton of versatility. I think The Rustler 9 is a good second choice, as I do recommend staying in the mid-90's for width. Rustler has a bit better grip than the Ripstick, but the Elan is considerably lighter and more maneuverable and fun. I would lean to the Ripstick Green. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Awesome, thanks! A simplistic and decisive answer is the best answer. Didn't realize at the time how wordy that was, so thanks for slogging through.

  10. Hey there, thanks for the great review! Picked up a set of these and have about 5 days on them so far. Mounted with shift bindings. I am wondering if you mounted on recommended? I did, and starting to wonder if I should move them slightly forward. I’m finding it hard to get that playful feeling you speak of and they feel quite stiff for me. I got them in the hopes they would be a good touring ski that feel like my Santa Anna 110 Free’s, which I absolutely love

    1. HI Vin!
      Yes, right on the line for me and I love how it turned out. I'm also on a 186 and could be on a 191, so my slightly shorter ski may have something to do with that.
      SE

  11. Hi... Looking to put together a 50-50 resort/touring ski mounted with shift bindings for powder/soft snow conditions. Looking at this ski -Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited- largely because I already have an enforcer 100 and love it and because of the glowing reviews you guys have given it. However, also intrigued by the Line Sick Day 104 because I like the shape of that ski and it also gets stellar review. If I'm honest with myself, these skis will be used a handful of times in the backcountry and most of the time it will be resort tours + laps in the resort after skinning. Is the Line Sick Day 104 a better resort ski or is performance of both skis pretty similar? If similar, then I would probably just go with the unlimited since it's lighter.

    1. Hi JB!
      I would love to try this comparison, with one ski the Sick Day and the other the Unlimited. I bet I'd find the Unlimited to be a cleaner turner and a slightly better floater while the Sick Day is a bit snappier and more energetic. I'm just continually impressed with the combination of shaping and construction from Nordica on this ski, and that's not to take anything away from Line and their 104, which I really like as well, but that Unlimited is just very composed and strong for how light it is.
      SE

  12. How does the 104 Unlimited compare to a Santa Ana 104 Free in that they both are lighter weight variants of the 104 Free? Do they ski similarly?

    1. Hi Josh!
      Not really. Santa Ana 104 still has a dense wood core and one sheet of terrain-specific metal, so it's quite a bit damper and more solid than the Unlimited. The Santa Ana is more powerful while the Unlimited is more snappy. The shapes are the same, so the turn initiation, flotation, and overall character of the ski are close, but the material difference does make for quite a span of feel and character.
      SE

  13. Great review and very interested in these skis! How do you think these would stack up against the Head Kore 105s? They seem like they offer a similar concept in terms of weight, stiffness, carviness, and overall versatility....Thanks!

    1. HI Dan!
      Yes, more similarities than differences in those skis for sure. Kore is stiffer overall so it's a bit tougher to get up on edge, and in the soft snow, that stiffness translates to a bit choppier of a feel versus the more supple Enforcer Unlimited. I think the Enforcer might be more versatile and well-rounded. Have fun!
      SE

  14. Hi, great reviews. I’m 170 and 6-1, currently have Rustler 10s 188cm with Shift bindings. Love the all round ability from piste to backcountry, however looking to loose some weight to increase touring/hike-to-ride ability. Also would be happy to get a bit more pop and float in place of damping.

    Don’t want full on touring ski, so an obvious replacement would be new Hustle 10, but weight saving not that marked. Next up would be the Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited or Volkl 106 Blaze in 186cm and would be grateful for pros/ cons comparison!
    So on a big run (ignoring the hike comparison), how’d they compare them on?:
    Steep and deep, mid speed, then
    Tight trees, fresh snow - slow/mid speed, followed by
    Moguls mixed soft/chopped snow - mid speed, finishing on
    Hard piste big and short turns - mid/fast
    From trying to interpret your comments and shapes guessing the Enforcer may perhaps have a bit more hard snow grip, speed stability and dampening and the Blaze may have a bit more float, tighter turning?
    How would you differentiate their characters? Also how would you compare the Enforcer’s manoeuvrability and float with the Rustler that I have?
    Most skis are great these days, it’s just a case of matching the right flavour to the taste!!

    1. HI Chris!
      Your interpretation of our comments is pretty right on. The Enforcer does like to hook into a turn, and I find that an impressive quality for a 104 mm ski with no metal for sure. Blaze is a smooth and fun floater, while the Enforcer is more playful in the soft stuff without losing grip on the firm. In the steep and deep, I'd take the surface area of the Blaze but in chopped snow and bumps, I'd take the easy-release of the Enforcer's tail, same as in tighter trees. For firm snow, there's a lot to like about that Enforcer, as the dual-carbon laminate not only provides great grip, but also excellent energy out of the turn. There's just more character to the Enforcer than the Blaze, and while I don't want to call it Blase, it doesn't quite have the feel and precision of the Enforcer. Compared to Rustler 10, the Enforcer is livelier and snappier and an even floater. Not quite the same grip along the edge on firm snow, but pretty darn close. Have fun!
      SE

  15. My apologies if this has been covered before. Is it at all possible to fit a look pivot with 95mm brake onto a Nordica Enforcer 104. Has anyone done this here?

    1. Hi Mike!
      Yes it fits. There's a bit of bending of the brakes required, and they do rub against the edges at first, but once they loosen up, it's all good. Way better than the 115's
      SE

      1. I’ve been scouring all your content last few days and love all the insights! Thinking I was going to purchase the 104 Free but now I feel like the lighter 104 Unlimited would suit me better for a more playful, easier maneuverability ski in the bumps and trees. 186 seemed a bit too much for me in the Free so thinking I should do the 179 (I’m 6’ 1”, 190) and I skied those mounted forward and liked a lot. Debating whether to do the same or on recommended line. Finally, I have a set of Look Pivot 14s in 115 but comment above makes me think I should reconsider. What alpine binding do you recommend most for a somewhat aggressive skier? Thanks so much SE!

        1. HI Eric!
          I love the Unlimited in a variety of terrain and snow conditions. It's considerably easier and more playful than the Free, although you do lose some of that high-end crud busting dampness. I'm 6/2 225 and find the 186 just fine in that ski, but I would say the 179 is fine, especially if you're looking for increased maneuverability. I'm not sure the Pivot with the 115 is your best bet as that brake will hang. I'd say the Griffon with the 110 brake is a fantastic choice. Have fun!
          SE

  16. Great review! Im a little over 6ft and 240 pounds and have been skiing on Rossingnol Experoemce 80 ci for the past few years. I'm an intermediate skier who doesn't like to go to fast but enjoys nice turns on the groomers and spends about 50 percent of the time in the trees and powder. I'm looking for a wider ski for that reason. Is the enforcer unlimited too much ski for me, or a good upgrade from the rossignols? Thank you.

    1. HI Ian!
      I think the Unlimited 104 is a fantastic choice. It's totally approachable, but also has a nice high end to it as well. For trees and powder, there's not a whole lot out there that's better. I'd go 179 in that ski, or 186 if you know you prefer longer skis. Have fun!
      SE

  17. Tha k you for the amazing reviews! I’m looking to do ski mountaineering! I want to climb up Adams, Mount Baker, Mount Rainer and ski down! There can be such a variety of snow conditions and will have ice at some point. How do the enforcer unlimited 104 hold an edge? My other option I’m looking at is the Atomic Backland 107. Do you any any thoughts or opinions? On ski and size? I’m pretty aggressive but love the trees too! 6 foot and 175 pounds! Thank so much for all the information I enjoyed reading this post!

    1. HI Adam!
      Between those, which are both great choices, the Atomic's tail is a bit stiffer and flatter, and this definitely comes in handy for when you need that extra bite and confidence at the end of the turn. The rocker and splay of the tail of the Enforcer is a lot of fun in softer snow and less sketchy conditions, but I'm not sure it translates as well to what you're looking to do. For either resort skiing or softer backcountry conditions, I'd lean to the Enforcer, but for more technical mountaineering, I have more confidence in the tail of the Atomic. Probably the 180 in that ski for you. Have fun!
      SE

  18. Hi love the content.

    I am looking to replace my armada arv 116 JJ 185. I am thinking about something that can handle the trail better but can still go off trail. Enjoy going in to tres and tighter areas, and groomers. 6ft 215 Europe based intermittent to advanced skier.
    I have been looking at skis like, Nordica unlimited 104, rustler 10, rossi sender ti , zag slap 104. What would you recommend?

    1. Hi Rickard!

      The Unlimited would be a good choice if you wanted a little more groomers and hardpack, but they can be a lot of work. The Rustler is going to have the most overall versatility. They're really easy to release from a turn and feel great off trail, especially in deep snow were this ski really shines. You still get metal underfoot to grip into hardpack for those firmer days but you won't be getting the same level of performance as an enforcer or the Sender Ti. But if its off trail performance you want, the Rustlers are always a great choice.

      SE

  19. Hello! Thank you very much for good and informative reviews! The Enforcer 104 unlimited looks like a very interresting ski, and so does also the new Hustle 10... Who would you compare those two, and which of them would you recommend? BA (Norway)

    1. Hi Bard,

      Both are very similar in construction and performance but the biggest difference is the splay and turned up tail on the Enforcer. This gives the ski a bit more playfulness and pivotability in softer snow compared the flat tailed Hustle 10. Weight is about dead even too for both skis. Both a great 50/50 resort /touring options. For me, Enforcer 104 Unlimited all the way!

      SE

  20. Hi ! Awesome really helpful content, thank you so much for information you provide.

    I'm a young relatively aggressive skier coming from a racing background skiing in the french Alps, looking for a 50/50 or 60/40 resort-touring ski, looking at your reviews it's clear that this could be an option, along with the Line Sick Day 104 and the Black Crows Freebies Navis, I'm looking for a ski that can handle some fairly aggressive carving on groomers all while being wide enough for the occasional powder day, I'm in pretty good shape and am willing to lug around some extra weight if it means good performance on the descent, which of these skis will best satisfy my (sorry for this) need for speed ?
    And which binding should I pair them with, Marker Kingpins, Marker dukes, Fritschi Tectons or some shifts ?

    Thanks a million for the help,
    Raphaël

    1. HI Raphael!
      For your application, I'd say the 104 Unlimited with Shifts would be the ideal setup. The Sick Day is a lot of fun as well--surprising snap and energy, but not quite the same stability as the Unlimited. The Navis, some people seem to like, but I've never really had a connection with it, unlike the 104 Unlimited, which I felt at home on from the very first turn. Have fun!
      SE

  21. I'm thinking of adding this to my quiver with the K2 108 Mindbender (186cm, I use for powder). I need something that turns easier, perhaps a little more for groomed trails as well, and easier to navigate through the trees (so thinking the 104 Unlimited at 179cm, but could also go a 100cm wide Enforcer version at 179cm). Which do you think? I'm keeping the K2 108 (186cm), but I want one of the Enforcers because everybody raves about them, and I want something a bit lighter and easier in the trees than the K2 108.

    1. I think you're on the right track for sure. I have that ski in the 186 and LOVE it in the trees and it carves pretty darn cleanly on the groomers as well. The Enforcer 100 will feel a lot more like your 108 in terms of heft and stability--if you're looking for a different feel in a ski, I'd suggest the 104 UL. If you're cool with the 186 in the K2, I see no real reason to downsize, but if you've felt that the length was a bit much, 179 should be fine in the 104. It's lighter and easier to turn, so you don't really have to downsize to get the quickness. Have fun!
      SE

  22. Hello,

    Great review!!

    I am 174cm and weigh 76kg and consider myself advanced/expert. I'm touring 70% of the time and once I'm riding in the system i go for the off-piste. I'm not sure which length to take, 172 or 179cm.. grateful for an input

    1. HI Daniel!
      I'd say the 172 makes more sense--it's a surprisingly stable and stout ski for how light it is. So fun!
      SE

  23. hi SE,

    have a pair of dynastar m-free 99 in length 171cm and think they are too short for me. That's why I've started looking at new ones and have caught my eye on 104 unlimited. how do these skis compare to each other? I'm not sure if I will experience the same thing with unlimited in the length 172cm or if I have to go up to 179cm.

    I am 173cm.

    1. The Unlimited, although lighter, is a bit stiffer than the M-Free mostly due to the carbon laminates. Both are very fun and floaty, the Enforcer is a smidge quicker and more poppy. I don't think an increase to the 179 is warranted in that ski, but don't let me talk you out of it if you know you prefer longer skis. Have fun!
      SE

  24. Hi this sounds right up my ally. I am coming from an arv 116 185 and looking for something that can handle some tight tree runs, powder as well occasional groomers, Really like the turned up tail on this. Thinking this in the 186. I am 6 feet 215 intermediate to advanced, or are something else coming to mind, line blade opitic? Love the content from sweden

    1. It's a great ski in the woods for sure. I love the quickness and flotation for sure, especially when it comes to softer snow. It's surprisingly strong on the groomers as well, and at 6/2 225 myself, I feel like I've pushed it pretty hard with good results. Blade Optic 104 is a burlier construction, but shares a lot of the same shaping principles. If you want extra power or burliness, then that's a great place to be. I'd say 186 is right on the money. Have fun!
      SE

  25. I have read a ton of your reviews, very well done. Thanks very much. This could be my new ski. I am 6' 200 lbs 65 yrs old, intermediate, ski in the west, wait for a little snow in the forecast, retiring my Soul 7's and any hiking tendencies have long been satisfied. I can survive a few chutes and trees following the grandkids and would ski groomers 80% of the time where I like to carve and also ski on the edge of the groomed run to pop back and forth into the crud. I get moving pretty good but would not be a hard charger.....perhaps a better ski these days with a less chatter and a little more pop?
    104 Unlimited
    Hustler 10
    Blaze 106
    Sender 104 ti
    .........Maybe the old man should be on a mid 90's ski?

    1. Hi Vinny!
      It kind of sounds like a mid-90's would be a better fit for your stats and application, especially given the 80% groomer number. I like where you're at with the ski choice, but I'd look one narrower, so Unlimited 94, Hustle 9, Blaze 94, or Sender 94 Ti. Of those, I like the energy and overall feel of the Sender 94--it's lighter like the other skis but still has a firm grip underfoot and a nice floaty feel when you're not on the groomers. Hope that helps!
      SE

  26. Thanks for the reviews Bob and Jeff (fanboy here)
    I'm an intermediate-advanced skier, 6 foot 2 inches, 145 pounds. Very light for my height. I have a pair of Enforcer 104 Free's in 179cm (love them), but they can be lot for my legs to handle after about 5+ runs of steep/trees/bumps/chopped pow. Wanting to get a pair of Unlimited's for more maneuverability/playfulness/forgiveness (seems like they would provide that). Leaning towards the 179 again because of the major weight cut, but trying to decide if I should size down to 172 for even more maneuverability/playfulness/forgiveness.

    1. HI Dan!
      I fear that the 172 would be on the short side, even for your weight. You're going to be able to bend and maneuver the 179 considerably better than the Free version. I'd stick to the 179--definitely feels like a different ski. Have fun!
      SE/Bob

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