- Dec 20, 2015
I picked up a pair of Enforcer 94s to complement my 104 Frees...I have to say that I really liked them. The 104s are so good in fresh snow and even fairly deepish snow but as things firm up its a lot of ski to push around get up on edge....do-able..just takes more work. I was looking for something that works better in lower snow for big mtns (Mammoth, UT and Jackson Hole) for times when there isn't a ton of new snow. After skiing them in very spring-like conditions, I'm impressed. They are, obviously, significantly quicker edge-to-edge than the 104s but I thought they also handled variable conditions extremely well. Spring skiing at Mammoth can mean rock-solid refrozen crud and groomers in the AM and moves through the melt cycle during the day and ends with pure slush at the bottom. The quality of the snow changes rapidly from top to the bottom of the mtn and they are just very confidence inspiring regardless of what the conditions are like. I found them easy to maneuver in soft bumps and really a fun ski for those types of conditions.Just spent a couple days on the Enforcer 94 in Park City...
More stable, more damp and exactly what I was looking for with regards to the DPS Foundation Cassiar 94...felt just as playful and forgiving and the added weight was not noticed...
I'd go 88's all day - love love LOVE mine it's my DD even on Western trips unless/until a legit powder dump hits, then it's the 104s which, *gasp*, I don't love. A bit 'heavy' and (due to lack of powder skills most likely) tend to submarine on me. May go back to renting powder boards on those rare but glorious days I am in the right place at the right time.Okay, been reading through, I too need to jump in, I'm trying to make a decision. I ski the east coast (Timberline Mountain WV mostly). I've been skiing the Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous 170cm - 78 waist (2006) for a loooong time. I'm 6' weigh 190 and i'm 58 I'd say advanced-intermediate to advanced. I too have been questioning the weight of the skis (legs aren't what they used to be). I've been told anything I get will feel totally different length and waist than what I've been skiing. Obviously, where I ski is mostly on piste. But, I do like to jump in the trees or the bumps and we do get some good dumps for the east coast.
Soooo, Nordica Enforcer 88 or 94's? Or, open to other recommendation
Your complaint of an Enforcer ski of any kind feeling heavy makes me wonder if your 104s are edge high and/or have inconsistent base bevels(not at 1 degree tip to tail). This would cause the ski to not easily pivot and feel like more work than it should.I'd go 88's all day - love love LOVE mine it's my DD even on Western trips unless/until a legit powder dump hits, then it's the 104s which, *gasp*, I don't love. A bit 'heavy' and (due to lack of powder skills most likely) tend to submarine on me. May go back to renting powder boards on those rare but glorious days I am in the right place at the right time.
I will absolutely check that though I am a true tuning novice - did our first waxing and edge cleaning/honing - def didn't do any grinding or even heavy filing, ever - this past season. I'm 6' when I stand up straight, 187 lbs nekked, also in the 186 at 1 cm forward. They did seem to catch edges on pivots but I attributed those times to late day powder related fatigue. I don't get to ski the real thing that often and assumed it was all skill/fatigue, not the ski.Your complaint of an Enforcer ski of any kind feeling heavy makes me wonder if your 104s are edge high and/or have inconsistent base bevels(not at 1 degree tip to tail). This would cause the ski to not easily pivot and feel like more work than it should.
Check base flatness and hand tune the edges. A stone grind and a hand tune could transform them!
I had the 186cm mounted forward of the line even and it had decent float for a 104mm ski for my 175lbs. Don’t consider it a “powder ski” but is very fun and surfy in some soft or a bit of new snow.
What length are yours, what mount point and your size? Might just be a sizing issue.
This is a red flag of a tuning issue as they should be easier to pivot and "looser feeling" than your flat tailed E88 when flat or on a slight edge. Get them stone ground flat and have the edges set by hand at 1 degree base/2 or 3(for more bite) degrees on the side. Sharp from tip to tail up to their widest taper points and then smooth/heavy detune the edges above that. That ski is super fun and surfy in soft snow and shouldn't be the "work" you're describing. You'll love them after a fresh tune!They did seem to catch edges on pivots