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2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited Ski Review

Sometimes I think that ski companies and their marketing departments just throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks. Other times, it seems like they have a plan. The 2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited feels like a good combination of the two theories, and we here at SkiEssentials.com could not be happier. Yes, touring and backcountry skiing has proliferated and thrived over the past five years or so, with no end in sight—it's a huge and fast-growing segment of the market right now, and ski companies are getting creative in keeping up with the demand. Some are coming up with new and totally different skis and shapes, while others are relying on name and brand recognition to spur their sales on. In Nordica’s case, they’re not only using the Enforcer name, but also the shape. The difference is in the build and intent, and in this case, we’re impressed with a couple of things. First, they’ve developed a lighter Enforcer 94 that you can put any type of binding on, from a minimalistic tech binder to a Look Pivot 18, and chances are, you’re going to have a good time. Second, they’re giving skiers another view at a great shape and a versatile ski. The normal Enforcer 94, with its two sheets of metal, is on the heavy side for its class and category, aiming mainly at advanced and expert skiers. The Unlimited version comes in at 1540 grams per ski in the 186 versus 2118 in the metallic iteration. This drop in weight opens up a lot of doors for a lot of skiers who are looking for that Enforcer shape and behavior, but in a lighter ski. The main thing we’ve noticed so far between the Unlimiteds 104 and 94 is that the 94 feels more like a touring-specific ski while the 104 has more or a resort freeride personality.

AT A GLANCE


2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 94 Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

WEIGHT

158, 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

18.2 m @ 186 cm

127.5 / 94 / 115.5 mm

1540g @ 186 cm


Construction-wise, we’re dealing with the same changes as in the 104. Nordica has left the shape the same among the 94’s, with the 186 producing an 18.2-meter turn radius, with the tips and tails having the same rocker profiles and taper shapes. The lone difference is the skin notch at the tail, but it does not affect any of the downhill performance of the ski. Built with poplar wood in a macro-block form, the wider stringers of wood require less glue and epoxy, both lightening the load and giving the ski more of a woody feel to it. On top and bottom, Nordica uses carbon stringers woven into the fiberglass to stiffen the ski and provide a pretty shocking amount of energy. On top, they use a GR400 density of carbon—similar to that used in normal 94, and on the bottom of the core they use GR530, which is a denser formation of carbon in the stringer. It’s pretty amazing how they lighten the wood, remove the metal, and still come up with a very poppy and smooth ski. True Tip technology is used in the 94 Unlimited as well, lowering the swing weight of the ski and making it incredibly maneuverable. I found this especially to be true when performing a twister off a small side hit. Long story short, they’re really fun skis.

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With a flatter tail, lighter weight, and narrower shape than the 104, it makes more sense to use this ski as more of a dedicated tourer. This does not mean it lacks a resort/chairlift/all-mountain application, it’s more the relationship with its wider brethren that makes us feel this way. Our test version has a Marker Griffon demo binding on it, so there’s no real uphill implications on our demo ski. We can only assume that given the weight and the shape, it’s going to tour just fine—right in line with something like the Volkl Blaze 94 in its dual-purpose nature. Skiers will not need, and probably not want, heavier touring bindings like the Duke PT 16 we had on the 104 Unlimited, opting more for lighter choices, from a Marker Alpinist to a Kingpin, and up to a Shift. Either tech or hybrid will work just fine on this ski, as you don’t really need to have that heavier binding to drive the ski. The only caveat is you, and how much you are looking to use this ski in a resort setting. As your chairlift rides increase, I’d lean to more of a hybrid style of binding, or if you wish, ride the resort exclusively with a straight-up alpine binding. The thing we learned most of all with the 94 Unlimited, is that it has a very wide range of applications, opening up the sport of skiing to a lot of different uses and users.

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Downhill, this ski kind of rips. It’s hard to discuss the properties and personalities of this ski and its metallic partner on their own without also viewing it through the lens of the 104’s behavior as well. If I had my choice of a 94 Unlimited or a normal 94, for resort skiing only, I’d take the normal 94, but I’m not so sure I would take the 104 Free over the Unlimited. Jeff and I have discussed this and we kind of feel the same way. If I had to choose one of the four for touring only, I’d take the 94 Unlimited, but for one ski total, I think the 104 has more to offer, mostly due to the tail rocker and the freeride nature. That said, on our firmer groomers here at Stowe, the 94 Unlimited carved clean and round turns with a strong finish to the arc. It was really impressive how the ski both hooked into the carve as well as released from it. While neither as damp nor stable as the metal 94, it was not bad at all for the weight—at 6’2” and 225 pounds, I was pushing the 186 as hard as I could and didn’t feel a whole lot of chatter. We also got some fresher and softer snow to ski in, and in that case, it felt a lot more like the regular 94—smooth and easy—willing to make any turn shape or style at any time. That’s the kind of versatility and well-roundedness we’ve come to expect from Enforcer skis in general, and more specifically, these two 94’s. The Unlimited version is predictable, sets clear expectations, and is a sheer pleasure to ski. I skied whatever bumps and steeps I could find, and they did great—a fantastic mogul ski that’s quick and agile while being supportive and strong. While we didn’t get a chance to ski them in trees, I’d put it right up there with some of the best of them due to the swing weight and shape. Unlimited potential for off-piste skiing, I’d say.

Like the 104 Unlimited, this 94 brings up some questions and discussions that are fun and relevant to have in today’s skiing universe. Is this a touring-specific Enforcer 94? If not, what is it? Do skis have to line up with what they’re intended for, or are there uses for these products that the designers did not think of? Will intermediate skiers get to use the 94 Unlimited in the way skiers use a Blaze 94, Line Sick Day 94, Rossignol Escaper, Elan Ripstick 96, Head Kore 93, or even an Atomic Maverick 95 Ti? There’s not a huge range or gap in weights of these skis, so I think it’s just fine to place the Enforcer right in there with them. For a mid-90's all-mountain ski, the 2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited should be directly involved in each and every conversation, whether you tour on it exclusively, or never at all.

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Written by Bob St.Pierre on 12/30/21

28 thoughts on “2023 Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited Ski Review

  1. You mention a intermediate in the end of this review. Could this also be a ski that people under 150 lbs look to over the metal Enforcer or Santa Ana? Maybe even a ski for that senior skier who doesn't need a ski that can go full send?

    1. Jeff,
      Totally appropriate for lighter skiers who don't want metal. Whether you are skilled enough to drive a real Enforcer or not is kind of irrelevant. I'm a big skier and I prefer less-demanding skis. For me, it's easier and more fun. I do not need a super-burly ski to go fast, nor do a whole lot of other skiers, including the seniors who are looking to tone it down. Huge range of skiers will like this 94 UL.
      SE

  2. Reminds me of the days of the OG Enforcer with full metal and the Hell & Back without metal, but both the exact same shape.

    Very different feels. Not right or wrong, but different.

  3. Thanks for the content on the new Enforcer Unlimited line up. Are you sure with the available lengths of the Enforcer 94 Unlimited? Because I am a tall guy, I would really appreciate, if there would be 191 cm Enforcer 94 Unlimited, but on Nordica's HP the only go up to 186 cm for this model. Can you clarify this? Thanks in advance.

    1. HI Arno!
      Our mistake, there is no 191 in the Unlimited 94, nor is there a 158 offered in the US. Thanks for keeping us sharp!
      SE

  4. What would you say is a better ski for an intermediate plus level skier for mostly resort/carving on-piste, the 94 or the 94 unlimited?

    1. Hi Brent!
      This is where I think the Unlimited really presents a strong choice. I think a lot has to do with your size and aggressiveness, but for most skiers, even bigger ones like myself (6'2 225), the Unlimited is likely a better overall choice. Sure there will be times where the metal 94 would be beneficial, but my feeling is that for most of the time, the Unlimited will be really great. Have fun!
      SE

  5. Hi,
    Thank you for your reviews, they are very useful and appreciated. In your reviews of the Enforcer Unlimited you mention the similarity to the Volkl Blaze skis, and I just wondered whether you could give any detail with regard to this comparison. I am looking for something for touring, but that skis solidly for the down as well. Is there a big difference to the feel or performance of the skis, or who you would recommend them for?

    Thanks.

    1. HI SHM!
      I don't think there's a difference in performance level, but the feel of the skis differs. The Enforcer Unlimited, since it shares the shape with the Enforcer 94, has more of an established personality which skiers have shown to like. On the other hand, the Blaze is more unique--it has a longer and lower rocker profile and less camber underfoot. The Enforcer will bring you into the turn with more magnitude while the Blaze is more drifty. There's nothing wrong with either ski--I skied the Blaze 94 yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I personally have a soft spot for Enforcers.
      SE

  6. Hello, I am currently in the market for a new set of skis and I am having a time deciding between the enforcer 94 and the mantra m6. I ski on the east coast and spend most of the time on the groomers but ski the whole mountain when the trails are open. I am an a moderately advanced level skier that can get down any of the slopes. What are the differences between the enforcers and the mantras?

    1. Hi Noah!
      Mantra has more of a precise, on-trail feel to it. It's very grippy and energetic in and out of carved turns. The Enforcer has more of a freeride personality to it, with longer rocker profile and taper shape than Mantra. When engaged, it's a very sturdy carver on the groomers, just not as naturally active as the Mantra. I'd rather ski the Enforcer in softer snow, trees, and bumps, but the Mantra if I was only a groomer skier.
      SE

  7. Hi guys great info. Could you some help I am 54 getting back to the slopes after many years I’m an intermediate skier and prob will have to stay at that level with an occasional get a little aggressive I have two titanium hips and spinal fusion so doctors tell me to BE CAREFUL;-). So I want my own skis and boots im 190 lbs and 5’8” I’m strong and pretty athletic. However lighter weight equipment is more beneficial for me cost is not that much an issue. For boots definitely comfort and warmth plus the best performance. And for skis definitely quality and something that responds with minimal effort for me to keep going confidence I can ski blue without really an issue.
    Thanks so much. Your videos are awesome!
    Mike

    1. Hi Mike!
      Be careful! Elan Ripstick 88 or 96 would make another good selection, and I do like the Enforcer Unlimited as well. I'd look to the mid to upper 160's for length in any of those models. For boots, I'd go with around a 100-110 flex, but depending on your foot volume, what you end up in could vary greatly among/between brands. Have fun!
      SE

  8. Hey guys, awesome reviews, thanks! 5-11, 170 advanced intermediate skier curious how you'd compare the Enforcer Unlimited to the Elan Ripstick for an all mountain ski (front, bowls, trees, moguls)? Looking for lightness for moguls/trees over hard carving. Worth waiting for the Enforcer UL? From the weight, the Enforcer UL is way lighter (even lighter than the Kore!)

    1. HI Vinny!
      The 94 is quite light, but also the carbon and flatter tail make it pretty stiff. It's a lot of fun, but not quite the all-mountain resort performer that the Ripstick is, but also not by a whole lot. Elan's use of the carbon rods in the ski give it a unique feel versus the flatter, more linear use of carbon stringers in the Enforcer. I'd lean to the Ripstick, but by a nose.
      SE

  9. Hi there,
    Very thorough review and really appreciated all the insight information. I am currently using Rossignol Seek 7 HD 168cm. Two complains to my current ski. First one is it is chatter too much in higher speed and I can feel snow through me around in the afternoon condition. I am looking for upgrade from my current ski to one more versatile ski to handle all the condition and situation.
    Two questions for you before I make my final decision between Enforcer 94 and Enforcer 94 Unlimited. I am also open for something else as well.

    I am 5'9, 175lbs, age 49. I consider myself a solid intermediate skier to early advance. My average ski speed is 30mph to 35mph. I spend most of time on trail but I also explore into the woods with moderate slope. I normally ski in California and Utah. I don't like mogul because my knees can't handle it anymore.
    1. With above information, should I consider 172CM or 178CM?
    2. With above condition, which model will fit me better? Enforcer 94 or Enforcer 94 Unlimited or any other ski?

    1. HI Joe!
      If you're really averaging 30-35, then you need to be on the non-Unlimited version in the longer length. Volkl Mantra M6 or Stockli Stormrider 95 are two other strong options. Have fun!
      SE

  10. Hey guys! Thanks for your great reviews. Always appreciate them, and your advice, which pointed me to the K2 Mindbender 90Ti last year. I have loved that ski - has been great for me in the NH Whites - stable enough but playful and forgiving such that I can chase the kids on the sidejumps and turn around to make sure everyone is still with the group. Really fits my needs, so thank you. Now I am looking for a 50/50 touring ski. Most likely will be used almost exclusively at the resort, skinning up to get some exercise while the kids are at program. To that end, the ski needs to still have resort performance, which makes me think either the 94 or 104 unlimited would be a good fit. It seems like you guys really like the 104 unlimited, and that ski would make my quiver more diverse. But, if most days are at Loon, I'm unlikely to need 104 underfoot that often so does 94 offer more resort performance such that I should consider it over the 104? Are there other skis I should consider? Would a Ripstick 96 Black be a way to meet in the middle or are then Nordicas more suited for touring? Thanks so much!

    1. HI Lee!
      If you're keeping that 90Ti, I'd get the 104. This not only offers you a nice 50/50 option, but also a pretty darn good powder ski for when it snows. As a former Loon skier, I know that those are somewhat infrequent, but the 104 strikes a nice balance, and if you have the narrower ski already, you'll be covered for all conditions. I'd sap the Ripstick Green would be a better "middle" ski, but overall, I'd still lean to the 104. Have fun!
      SE

  11. Hi guys , I’m an advancing intermediate skier mainly resort skiing , 6,0 220 lb which 94 enforcer would you recommend over the other and which bindings?

    1. Hi Sam!

      The Enforcer 94 unlimited might as well be a completely different ski that happens to share the same Enforcer moniker. The Unlimited is a touring ski that dabbles in the resort all mountain category with its carbon construction and playful feel, but it's still definitely a touring ski. The Enforcer 94 on the other hand is heavy, bulky, and powerful in a turn. They carry a ton of speed thanks to the dual metal laminate and burly construction. I'd say if you just wanted an all mountain ski, get the regular Enforcer 94. The Unlimited is a fantastic ski for touring and light resort duty, but the standard Enforcer is going to provide way more performance at the resort and feel more stable. For a binding I would recommend either the Marker Griffon 13 or The Tyrolia Attack 13, both are solid bindings at a reasonable price.

      SE

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  12. Awesome review - the best in the biz. I'm thinking of replacing my Voile UltraVector 184's on which I have mounted Meidjo NTN bindings. One question I'm struggling with is do I go down in size to the 179 or up to the 186? I'm 66 yrs old 6'1" 185 lbs. and try to convince myself to not be quite as aggressive as I once was but sometimes I forget :). My Voile's are hardly used but I find them a bit planky and have heard them described as a 'hard-snow-directional' ski and I think that's not a bad description. I ski Colorado terrain. My other skis are Black Crow Navis (non-freebird) 185cm length - 102mm waist mounted alpine; Bishop Chedi 184cm length - 100mm waist inbounds tele ski mounted tele; and Volkl BMT 186cm length - 109mm waist mounted Shift (my big storm ride). So these Enforcer Unlimited 94s would likely be my lightweight narrowest ski for touring and mixed-condition inbounds days. I just wonder if the rocker is enough that I should go up in length to the 186 or go down to 179 for lower weight, bumps and trees, etc.

    1. Thanks, Scott!
      I think the light weight of the Unlimited makes it a good choice for the 186. Given your past experience on a 184, your stats, and application, I don't see any real reason to go shorter unless you really want to. They're quite maneuverable, so I feel that skiers in the middle can generally size up. Very fun and energetic skis!
      SE

  13. These enforcers have me curious! I am currently skiing on enforcer 93's and find that they are a bit of a handful in the trees. Most of my skiing is on the east coast with about 1 week out west a year. I would say about 20 days a year. If given the option I will choose off piste every time but also appreciate a ski that has some bite for the days when groomers are the only option. I am 32, 6'0 about 155lbs and am currently on 177cm enforcers. I don't plan to do much touring but maybe the unlimited 94's would give me a bit more forgiveness and lighter weight while still holding up on the groomers?

    1. They're pretty awesome! We were most surprised at the on-trail performance of the ski, especially given the known and loved shape. By replacing the metal with carbon, they made it lighter, a bit less damp, but also more poppy. They're great off-piste, and if you decide that touring is your thing and want to go that route, then you already have the ski! I'd go with the 179 in that ski. Have fun!
      SE

  14. Hello. I currently have the K2 Mindbender 90Ti and Atomic Bent 100s with Shifts, thinking I would use the K2s as my daily ski and the Bents as my ski for when I want touring laps or there is actually real snow in NH (they were great 2 weeks ago!). I am 6'0"/190. After a week at the mountain after Christmas, I didn't use the the K2s once, because I wanted the optionality of a lap after lunch. But, i was not pleased with the Bents on the ice the last couple of days (I know, not really their fault), plus I think they are bit short at 180 given their rocker. So, I am considering consolidating to one ski that is a bit more stable/frontside confident than the Bents but still uphill friendly. I am thinking Scott Pure Mission 98Ti, Nordica Enforcer 94 Unlimited, and Ripstick 96 (perhaps Black?). I would call myself solidly advanced and do ski with the kids (7 and 5) in the afternoons so do want something forgiving/that I can smear. Any thoughts on this list? Anything I am missing? Scotts seem like they might be a good fit but am having trouble finding a place to demo them. Appreciate all your replies to me over the years as I work through my gear (in)decisions.

    1. Hi Lee!
      I hear you about the Bent on ice! Much happier in softer stuff. For a good mid-range ski, the Scott is awesome. I found it to be totally easy to ski and supremely innate when it comes to adaptability and fun. The Enforcer is a bit lighter feeling with a thinner core profile--the Scott is very smooth and stable for being on the lighter side. I have nothing to say about either Ripstick Green or Black, as the 96 Black is one of the most complete skis out there. If you're looking for something slightly different and not so mainstream, the Scott is a very surprising and natural performer. 96 Black is like money in the bank--very solid and safe choice with a high-level of performance and versatility. I'd narrow focus to 96 Black and the Mission. Maybe price, length, and availability will sway your final choice? Have fun!
      SE

      1. Just want to say that I ended up with the Mission 98s in 184 and love them after a long weekend at Loon. Paired them with CAST/Look bindings. They handled very variable conditions quite well and were stable and intuitive through the ice and mash. Plus had no issue with them skiing with the kids in the afternoons and confidently hit some jumps! Thanks as always for the thoughtful recommendations and responsiveness.

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