Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
Some cage matches are tougher than others; this one of them. When the skis are more similar than different, my work gets harder -- but of course that's why you pay me the big bucks.
So where do we start with the similarities? The same factory? The same parent company? Where, oh where do we start? Well, both of these skis evolved from platforms that had been around for at least half a decade. The Nordica replaces one of the reference skis in this 110-115 category, the Patron, a powder ski as popular in the East as it was in the West. The Rustler replaces the Gunsmoke, which (sorry) never lived up to its Flipcore roots from the Freeride Bull collection.
Yes, both of these skis are all new. The Enforcer 110 took DNA from both the Patron and the perennially sold-out Enforcer 100 and created a much better Patron that is more powerful yet not as heavy and planky as the Helldorado. The longer Enforcer wheelbase is the ingredient that solidifies the 110's place in the lineup. Blizzard seemed to try too hard to make the Gunsmoke likable: the ski just felt contrived. If you asked four people where it should be mounted, you would get six different answers. Not so much with the new Rustlers: you would think that a ski that is pretty similar couldn't be so different. Well, dropping the tail and changing the flex makes you completely forget about the uhmmm ....
- Why choose the Enforcer 110? You are looking for a little more power; this is the bigger Enforcer 100 we were waiting for. For 11/10th skiers, there is the Enforcer 115 Pro.
- Why choose the Rustler 11? You want to relax in the crud, you don't need to be the first one back at the lift. But what if there are drinks on the line? Well, if you end up paying, you won't be able to blame the skis.