Which Nordica skis for me?

Discussion in 'Hardgoods: Skis, Bindings, Poles, and More' started by Posaune, Aug 12, 2018 at 2:37 PM.

  1. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

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    I have a good friend who, through professional connections, is offering me screaming deals on Nordica equipment. I've been considering new skis for the coming season, so this is a nice coincidence. However, I don't know Nordica skis from a hole in the ground.

    I'm 6'1", 220 lbs. I ski between 50 and 60 days per season in the PNW, (Mt. Baker & Stevens Pass mostly). I figure I'm what ski companies call an expert. I ski loose snow of all kinds (powder, crud, Cascade concrete, trees) some bumps, but little in the way of groomers if I can get away with it. I'm looking for a soft snow ski that will work in these conditions. Presently I ski on 186 Elan 888s, and Ski Logic 188 Ullr's Chariots.

    If you know anything about Nordica gear please educate me!

    Thanks.
     
  2. fatbob

    fatbob Out on the slopes Skier

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    Enforcer 115s?

    Just getting in early before the skinny minnies start asserting themselves.
     
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  3. David Chaus

    David Chaus Eschewing obfuscation Skier

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    Hey Phil, having skied with you, and being a fellow PNW skier, I would say the Enforcer 93 or 100. Maybe the 110. I think the Enforcer Pro (115) is more ski than you need for every day. There really isn’t that much groomer skiing at Baker or Stevens anyway and what does get groomed is cut up pretty quickly, so a ski than can cut through the crud is really useful. The Enforcers are very stable and compliant, and pretty good in bumps. The other option is the Navigator 90, which I haven’t tried. Maybe other can compare the two. @Philpug @markojp might be able to chime in here.

    Please note I am not simply describing my favorite skis; there are other brands/model that are a better fit for me. If I were a little bigger and heavier, Enforcers might be perfect for me. For you, they may very well be perfect. Enforcers are really popular and people that ski them love them for exactly the conditions you are describing.
     
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  4. Tom Co.

    Tom Co. quickfoot Skier

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    Posaune, as another Stevens and Crystal skier I would second the enforcer 93 or 100. I have demoed both. The 100 was a real nice do everything ski. It had enough width for 6 to8 inch dumps, was quick enough in reasonable bumps, and got you back to the lift. It also was a fun crud buster. The 93 would be a very good choice as the narrower ski of a two ski quiver. It also is a good crud buster, and is a bit better in bumps, as you would expect. I found a 93 to be a lot of fun in a lot of different places. I took it through 6 inches of semi untracked to cut up bumps to bombing the groomer. On the day when I demoed a whole lot of 90 to 100cm skis the enforcer 93 tied for first place with the Liberty VMT 92, which by the way it is a very fun ski. If you're planning on keeping a dedicated powder ski for those big Baker days then it would boil down to a bit more stability and crud mashing ability with the 100, or better quickness in bumps and varied terrain, tight trees etc. with the 93. I think you would have a good time with either.

    One more thought, Bad Bob, who skis in the Inland Northwest, among other places, skis on Enforcer 100s almost exclusively and rips through everything. Maybe he will chime in.
     
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  5. markojp

    markojp mtn rep for the gear on my feet Industry Insider Instructor

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    If i were on the Nordica ticket, I'd ski a navigator 90* and an Enforcer 115. The former is a really nice and very under rated ski that I really like, but whatever... that's just me. The latter is actually very soft and fun. It's NOT a big burly beast, but it only comes in a 190 if I recall. I'd be on my short list for a Hokkaido ski with a telemark binding. Most folks around here really enjoy their Enforcer 93's and 100's and they work for a wide range of skiers. If you ski fast, ski them long. If not, don't worry.

    * less tip rocker... I prefer they way they hook up above the fall line better, but I've skied several days on a 185 Enforcer 100. Nice ski as well, just not my cuppa off piste. I'm probably a big outlier on that one though, so take it with much salt. I think I needed the 193, but generally don't want to ski anything over 185 because long skis just don't fit well into many tight places at Stevens.
     
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  6. Posaune

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    I'm encouraged and excited. Thanks!

    Keep it coming...
     
  7. Philpug

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

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    Two ski quiver...

    Navigator 90
    Enforcer 115
     
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  8. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    I demoed the Enforcer 110 in 185cm and liked it. I would get that for sure. Its definitely enough ski for your size and weight while still being pretty maneuverable and versatile. Its a great ski for most days worth skiing.

    For low tide, no snow in days/weeks days almost any decent groomer ski will do.
     
  9. David Chaus

    David Chaus Eschewing obfuscation Skier

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    Oh, now we’re talking 2 ski quivers?

    Are you looking for one ski or two? Keeping either the 888 or the Ullr?
     
  10. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    Enforcer 100 :thumb::thumb:.

    We share about the same physical profile, and I love em. Not the best ski for anything but it does everything pretty damned well (well, it might be one of the best crud busters). It is not as quick as a lot of skis, probably due to weight, but it is an easy ski to initiate a turn with. In our 3D snow it handles everything I have put them in very well. Those that really blast that the ski has a fairly high speed limit, I don't ski fast enough to have ever found it. I have not skied the Enforcer 110 or 115 and have no doubt they are excellent at the same things but the 100 has answered my needs and wants.

    I am 6', was about 220 last season, and very happy on the 185.
     
  11. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

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    I was not thinking about a new ski for this season, the two ski quiver I operate from now has filled my needs quite well and I was planning on going another season with it, but this opportunity came along and, being a cheapskate at heart, I figured I would take advantage of it. I might not even ski them much the first season depending on how they relate to my other skis. I love the 888s, but they are the oldest, so I may go that direction. The Chariots are still charging hard.

    So to answer your question, I will have a two ski quiver, but who knows what will be the look of it? Right now I'm trying to get oriented to a ski company that I've not really had anything to do with. I don't know yet how long I can hold this deal off, but if I can make it to the ski season I'll demo first and this thread helps focus my attention.
     
  12. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    Nordica Enforcer 110 best fits your description.
     

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