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Ski Test: Nordica Enforcer 88

In the last couple of years, a category of skis that previously was difficult to cram into the standard category - skis with a waist of 90-100 that are not carvies, and not park skis, and not skis, has received special development both in terms of production and in terms of demand. Freeride because the waist is 90-100. Now we can definitely say that such skis have formed a new category of skis for free-skiing within the resort. And today we test one of these skis.

Personally, I have two interests at once in testing these skis: firstly, the test of this category as part of its growing popularity is especially interesting to me, secondly, Nordica updated this series in the new season and I am very, very interested in what has changed in which side and how much can one trust the manufacturer’s promises about updating the skis. I used to have a pretty good attitude towards Nordic skiing, albeit not without reservations, but now I went to the test track with a special anticipation.

Well, ahead of the questions on what has changed, I can not torment you and immediately answer that nothing particularly global has changed, my skiing style has not been lost and has not been updated in any way, and as they were, they were simple, expected and predicted workhorses. Are they bad or good? Let's figure it out.

In skating, there are no statistically complaints about them. They are moderately comfortable with sufficient grip and on a fairly rigid and steep track I had no problems with grip. Yes, the test track was flat and nothing hit my feet and the ride turned out to be soft and comfortable. Maybe it was because the track was flat, maybe because the skis worked well, I definitely can’t say from the result of this test. I can only say that the track carves that I tested on the same track that day beat my legs, but these did not beat me. When changing turns, the back does not wedge, and the toe is screwed into the turn easily - nothing needs to be done either to initiate the turn or to close the arc. The middle is tough, it takes the arc from the toe straight, keeps it in the arc stably and reliably, its turn in the middle turns out to be an average of 15-16 meters.

In the cut arc, which is when skiing on the middle part of the ski, stability and grip are enough, but there is obviously not enough variability in the rhythm of skiing: there is a radius and a change of the arc to a greater or lesser side without breaking from cut cutting is not possible. Problem? Within this category and this ski format, I personally did not expect them to be heroic in a cut arc. And taking into account the fact that the transition to lateral slippage occurs gently and easily, and willingly, there is no problem returning back to the cut arc of the ski.

On a broken track, skis naturally run smoothly and evenly. It will be very difficult to bury them as part of the route skiing. With patency, if you do not understand them as skiing for freeride, there are definitely no problems.

The most difficult part in assessing them is to make a final verdict and answer the question: are they good or bad? This is the most problematic in them. They are average in everything and quite simply workers in everything. For each parameter for assessing the effectiveness of skiing, they are average: there is something of the same class that is better, but there is something that is worse. According to the cumulative feeling from them, they leave behind them positive memories, but only if they are correctly understood and positioned for themselves.

Short turn
Long turn
Peak stability at a turn 6 / 15 m.
Dynamic turn radius 3 / 14 m.
Turn radius range 14 - 16 м.
Best piste 3 - 6
Testing condition
Red piste. Hard morning snow and corduroy. Good visibility. One ride test.
Boots: Tecnica Zero G (2017-18) - 110 flex.

Skis can be an excellent option for well-skiers or progressive skiers skiing in the resort on the pistes and sometimes between them on hard and broken snow, not looking for progress in skiing in a certain discipline and not resting on the ideals of skiing, but on the contrary looking for variety and lack of restrictions. Experts who love speed - not enough stability. Riding fans as an option for freeride trials - not enough dynamics and grasp. For beginners in freeriding, there is not enough width for ascent and will have to add speed, and this is also not their forte.