Both of these skis are all new for 2021: the Enforcer 94 is an evolution of the outgoing Enforcer 93, and the closest reference I can give you from Salomons' past was the old Sentinel, one of the more unappreciated skis from the brand's recent history.
Nordica was smart not to stray from the goose that the Enforcer collection has become; as long as it still keeps laying those golden eggs, Nordica will be producing Enforcers. Nordica made the biggest evolutionary changes to the 2021 Enforcer not by going from 93 to 94 mm underfoot but by changing the length offerings and scaling the tip and tail rise on all the sizes. Some felt the book end sizes didn’t ski up to the reputation in the past, but that won’t be an issue any longer. Channeling my inner Dr. Seuss, now there is a new Enforcer for everyone, no matter how big, how small, how short, how tall.
Salomon is taking a stance with this new collection: these are not the QSTs but much more on the power side of the scale with a traditionally solid feel on the snow, hence why the QST is still being offered along with the new Stances. The Stance 96 is a great choice of a ski if you are not out at first chair and always get stuck with that cut-up snow. The 96 is like a teenager on the weekend after Thanksgiving: it just eats up leftovers. Very little bothers this all-new 96mm offering -- its main mission for existence is to add a run or two to your tired legs as the day goes on.
- Why choose the Enforcer 94: You are looking for a bit more finesse and in-the-trees type playfulness. The Enforcer came into this comparison with a strong and well-earned reputation as one of the reference skis in the class.
- Why choose the Stance 96: The Stance is more on the power side of the scale and the choice if you ski heavier snow and want to charge.