Featured Cage Match Comparison Nordica Enforcer 93 vs Blizzard Rustler 9

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews and Comparisons' started by Philpug, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    For being in the same family, Blizzard and Nordica are really going after each other. I don’t get it. Guys, you are the same company, globally speaking. Does it matter if a customer buys the orange one or the red one? Does it matter if the money goes in the right pocket or the left pocket? I am sure the product managers and reps care, but past that? This takes me to the Enforcer 93 and the Rustler 9.

    The Enforcer 93 is the established one here, the cousin that is a little older and has been around the bull wheel a few more times. With age comes wisdom, and the Enforcer has aged well. It doesn't ski like it’s in the twilight of its product cycle; it is as fresh as the day I received my Protos a few years back. What differentiates the 93 is its versatility, not only in the terrain that it skis well but also the skier who rides it. A solid intermediate with a good skill set will enjoy it as much as most experts. It can be driven but doesn’t have to be.

    Blizzard took a proven collection in the Rustler 10 and 11 and went down-market in bringing out the Rustler 9. Smart move. Other than some meh graphics, when the Rustlers were released last year, they were globally praised, especially as they replaced the uninspiring Peacemaker and Gunsmoke. Now the only spot to fill was the Regulator's, and the Rustler 9 does that. So, what does the Rustler 9 do? It is not your dad's Enforcer 93 -- it is younger and likes to be worked. It isn't a twin tip, but it is comfortable skiing backwards, on purpose or not.
    • Why choose the Enforcer 93? You like that old pair of jeans that is just starting to show some threads but is still damn comfortable.
    • Why choose the Rustler 9? You want new, fun, and playful … and a ski that I heard a product manager from a competing company describe as one of the best designs of the year.
     
  2. Analisa

    Analisa Getting off the lift Skier

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    I've seen some comparisons of the Rustler vs. Enforcer lines that said the Enforcer had a little more tail and stability in chop. Agree or disagree?
     
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    I would agree with that.
     
  4. GregK

    GregK Getting on the lift Skier

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    Would agree that the full metal, extra weight and less tail(except for Enforcer 110 which is more “Rustler/freestyle like in rocker profile) of the Enforcers are better in chop and at speed. The Bonifide/Cochise would be better still than the Enforcer but not as forgiving or playful.

    The Rustler 9/Enforcer 93 should be the closest to one another in stability as the Rustler 9 has the stiffest flex, most camber/least rocker, longest portion of metal underfoot and a heavier weight for it’s width compared to the other Rustler models.
    Rustler 11 is decent in chop as it has more weight behind it and longer turn radius compared to the 10.

    I’ve got a pair of Rustler 9’s coming for my new daily driver as I want a freestyle type ski that still has a Brahma like backbone. Love the Enforcer 93 but like a more forward binding mount and an even more playful feel.
     
  5. Kurt

    Kurt Alps Instructor

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    Thanks for the Cage Match - I'll have to test the Rustler just to see.... Enforcer 93 has been one the most versatile skis I been on - steep bumps, heavy chop, wind blown, firm (nearly ice) - all check. Can't say anymore than what has been written about it the last few years. A benchmark for me. Only ski I've enjoyed more was the Stockli Stormrider, but didn't test it in as many variable conditions; will do that this season.
     
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  6. Mallet21

    Mallet21 Booting up Skier

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    As someone who mostly skis in 6-7 consecutive day chunks from bell to bell, the Enforcer 93 just seemed to really wear out my legs by the end of the week. I'm hoping that the Rustler 9 can give me 75% of the performance of the '93, but in a lighter and easier to skid/smear/pivot ski when my legs start to peter out.
     
  7. Doeschna

    Doeschna Booting up Skier

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    Almost hard to emphasize how much I enjoy both these skis. The Enforcer still hasn’t lost a step against the rest of the industry. Slightly smoother and more stable than the rustler 9 yet heavier for someone looking to bust through variable conditions. The Rustler 9 is lighter and more lively and playful. Where it doesn’t get through chop, it allows you to bounce around or over it.
     
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