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2023 Nordica Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited Early Product Launch

Are you excited yet?! Skiing! Yay! If you’re not already, you’ll probably be on snow soon and life will be complete again. If you’re still not excited, we think this article should do the trick. Nordica has launched touring versions of their popular Enforcer and Santa Ana collections, dubbed Unlimited. We have 5 skis in this new Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited collection. Enforcer Unlimited 104, 94, and 88 with Santa Ana Unlimited 93 and 88. What makes this even more exciting is all these skis are available right now, right away. Go order one right now and you could be skiing it within a week. That’s never happened with an early release, at least not a release as early as this one.

What makes an Enforcer or Santa Ana special, one might ask? Well, a lot of different elements go into these skis, but the shape is arguably the most important of them all. I’m not sure how many hours we’ve spent talking about Enforcer shapes, but it’s a lot, and it’s all worth it. The blend of rocker and taper is incredibly well engineered, resulting in skis that can feel loose and maneuverable, but also strong, stable, and grippy. We were, unsurprisingly, extremely excited to learn that these lighter Unlimited versions share the same shapes as the existing skis. If they didn’t, we think it would be hard to call them Enforcers

So, what’s changed then? The construction, and it’s quite a departure from what we typically see in Enforcers. Gone are the two sheets of metal, and with those sheets we also wave goodbye to a tremendous amount of weight, which we’ll get to in a little bit. First, Nordica starts with a macroblock poplar wood core. That’s pretty cool, as a lot of touring skis use less dense wood. We know and trust poplar when it comes to a ski’s overall performance. Using a macroblock construction method does help them shave some weight, and we think you’ll be impressed when we start listing weight figures. We then get two layers of carbon, one above the core and one below. The carbon application here is basically identical to how we’ve described Nordica’s Carbon Chassis. Carbon is woven into fiberglass to form longitudinal strips. What’s really interesting in the Unlimited models is one of those layers of carbon uses a denser application than anything in existing Enforcer skis. The idea is if they’re taking out metal, they need to add in something to strengthen the ski, and in this case, it’s more carbon. Existing Enforcer skis use GR400 carbon. The Unlimited skis have one sheet that’s GR400 and another that’s a denser GR530. The over-arching theme here is to find a balance of weight and performance, and it seems like Nordica nailed it.

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2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 104 Skis



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165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

18.5 m @ 186 cm

135 / 104 / 124 mm

1700g @ 186 cm



Let’s start with the Enforcer 104 and work our way narrower. The existing Enforcer 104 is about 2140 g in the 179 cm length. The new Enforcer Unlimited 104 is just 1690 g, a weight saving of about 21% or almost 500 g. That’s very significant and is going to be way more efficient for ascents. We’re quite impressed that Nordica has retained a very similar flex pattern, however. In terms of overall stiffness, they’re actually about the same. What’s different is the Enforcer Unlimited feels snappier and more energetic, while you can tell the existing Enforcer has more of a quiet, damp flex to it. We expect that will come through in performance too. The Enforcer Unlimited might not be as powerful or as damp as the heavier skis, but we still expect it to be supportive of aggressive skiing and, if anything, a little more poppy and energetic. Time will tell. Can it snow more now? Thanks.

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2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 94 Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 cm

18.2 m @ 186 cm

127.5 / 94 / 115.5 mm

1540g @ 186 cm



Then we get the Enforcer Unlimited 94. Obviously, following the trends of the Enforcer line, the 94 is a more directional shape. Much less tail rocker in these skis, and obviously narrower too. In other words, you’re not going to get as much soft snow performance, float, or the same edge release as the 104. You will, however, get a more supportive tail and a slightly stronger feeling ski in how it finishes a turn. While the 104 feels like more of a powder touring ski, or western touring ski, the 94 will be a little more versatile, especially on firmer snow conditions and/or for skiers here on the east. Enforcer 88, 94, and 100 skis have denser construction than the 104, 110, and 115, so the weight savings between the Enforcer 94 and Enforcer Unlimited 94 are even more significant. 2118 g in the existing ski and just 1560 g in the Unlimited, a whopping 26% drop in weight.

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2023 Nordica Enforcer Unlimited 88 Skis



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158, 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

16.5 m @ 179 cm

121.5 / 88 / 109.5 mm

1460g @ 179 cm



If you want to go as light as possible within the Enforcer line, the 88 is for you. This is going to be more for those skiers who like to push themselves on the ascents and aren’t as worried about performance on the way back down. There’s a huge crop of skiers here at Stowe that meet first thing in the morning to skin up and ski down resort trails, regardless of there’s fresh snow or not. Basically all of those skiers should be on something like the Enforcer Unlimited 88. If you’re on a groomed slope or not much firm snow, you don’t need extra width, and would rather benefit from the lighter weight of the 88, dropping all the way down to 1460 g in the 179 cm length.



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2023 Nordica Santa Ana Unlimited 93 Skis



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151, 158, 165, 172, 179 cm

16.1 m @ 172 cm

126.5 / 93 / 114.5 mm

1460g @ 180 cm



On the women’s side, the story is the same, although we only get a 93 and 88, not a 104. Construction on these skis crosses over between men and women, so there’s certainly no reason why a woman couldn’t pick up an Enforcer Unlimited 104. In fact, we’d strongly suggest it if you want that width and shape, and it’s available down to a 165 cm length. Anyways, back to the 93 and 88. The existing Santa Ana skis use Terrain Specific metal, so the difference in weight here is slightly different than what we saw in the Enforcer 94. The existing Santa Ana 93 weighs 1920 g in the 172 cm length. The Santa Ana Unlimited 93 drops to 1460 g, a 24% drop in weight.

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AT A GLANCE


2023 Nordica Santa Ana Unlimited 88 Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

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151, 158, 165, 172 cm

15.5 m @ 172 cm

121 / 88 / 109 mm

1360g @ 172 cm



The narrowest women’s ski, the 88, is practically feather-light. Maybe we just felt that way because we only had the 151 cm length to measure, but the Santa Ana Unlimited 88 came in at just 1220 g. That’s a 23% drop from the existing ski with Terrain Specific Metal, and feels it feels silly to have to point this out, but that’s very, very light. Just like the Enforcer Unlimited 88, this new Santa Ana is going to be best for skiers who value uphill efficiency. It’s still going to be a blast on the way back down, but if you’re not skiing deeper snow conditions, you might as well go narrower and shave more weight.

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If it didn’t come through in this article already, we’re really excited about these skis. In general, we feel like this Enforcer Unlimited and Santa Ana Unlimited addition really rounds out the Nordica line. Touring is really popular right now, and let’s face it, Nordica’s existing skis were all on the heavier side of the spectrum. Sure, they worked for touring, but they weren’t the best, or specifically weren’t the most efficient. We know skiers have been asking for lighter Enforcers, and now we have them. We can’t wait to put these skis to the test this season and will circle back on this launch with in-depth reviews as soon as we’ve had them on snow for a sufficient amount of time.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 11/06/21

4 thoughts on “2023 Nordica Enforcer and Santa Ana Unlimited Early Product Launch

    1. Hi Chris!
      If you watch enough of our videos, you'll see us mix up years of skis all the time. It has also filtered into my personal life as well, as I often have no idea what year it actually is. My idea is to make a ski company that's always changing its name to a future year, so 2025 Skis, for example, but next year, it'll be 2026 Skis. This way I'll always be ahead of the competition.
      SE

  1. I have been watching and reading your reviews of the enforcer line specifically the 94 vs 88. In the standard metal layup it sounds like the 88 is strongly geared towards carving groomed terrain and the 94 more oriented towards towards moguls, trees and chpooed up snow. Any thoughts as to how the new carbon enforcers will shake out based on how their flex pattern feels in the shop? I have been skiing on Brahmas, about 20 days / year, out west only, and am looking for something that will be happier off piste but will still feel stable on the groomers. Thanks for your input. Mark

    1. Hi Mark!
      I think the Unlimited in the 94 will offer a decent amount of stability on trial. The 104 might get a bit floppy and the 88 loses some necessary material, but it feels like the 94 has the right mix of shape and substance to carve some clean turns. If you're expecting Brahma or normal Enforcer-like stability and dampness, I do not think that'll be the case. My totally unscientific guess: you're looking at a 25% reduction in stability in an Unlimited 94 versus normal 94. Hope that helps!
      SE

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