Welcome To The Family Nordica Enforcer 104
A slim yet wide waist width with new technologies
Gone are the days of the standalone Nordica Enforcer. As we enter into the 19/20 winter season Nordica has not one, but 6 options to choose from- divided into the Enforcer and Enforcer Free Series. The Nordica Enforcer 104 offers up a new waist width with new technology that makes for a lighter, and snappier shred stick on the slopes. This new technology is only found in the 104 and 88- the newest waist additions, and we suspect the rest of the line will follow suit if the new technology is proven successful in these two skis.
So what makes the 104 so special? One difference between it and the 88 is that they have different shapes. The 104 is more freeride and will resemble a narrower Enforcer 110. The core is made up of Poplar, Beech and Balsa with 2 sheets of titanal for stiffness.
The biggest difference between predecessors and the latest 104 is that the wood core extends up and down the ski further and replaces some of the ABS Sidewall which has been slimmed down. This makes the ski more snappy and responsive on snow and less damp. Then there’s the carbon laminate that’s new. This makes the ski engage better on edge and gives you a little more “umpfh” and power that you’d normally loose on the original models.
Side by side next to the Enforcer 110, the Enforcer 104 is going to share rocker profile lines but be more slimming allowing for the ski to be more manageable in all conditions. Still though, slim rocker lines in Nordica Skis is still quite a bit of rocker compared to other 104 waisted skis in its class.
On Snow, the 104 is going to feel lighter and more manageable at speed. It’s still going to be incredibly stiff but maneuver better through deeper snow due to the new construction. The Carbon laminate is going to offer more stability at speed, less chatter, and more control through turns.
So what’s the biggest difference between the 100 & 104?
- The 100 is going to have Nordica’s traditional rocker profile, called All-Mountain Rocker
- The 104 is going to have more Rocker, so think old Helldorados. They’re deeper and more hammerhead-shaped.
- The 100 is the OG Enforcer. Wood, Titanal, ABS, Fiberglass Topsheet
- The 104 is the lighter and sexier(though that’s up for debate) Enforcer. Wood, Titanal, Slimming ABS, Carbon, Fiberglass
Nordica Enforcer 104 Specs:
- Tip: 135
- Waist: 104
- Tail: 124
- Turning Radius: 18.5
We are located on the East Coast, so having any ski wider than the Enforcer 104 will be seldom used, and may be overkill for most east coast powder days. But, if you want something wider, for spring skiing days or maybe you’re a west coast skier who needs a reliable daily driver the 104 is going to be a great option.
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Salomon Ski Review Of The Astra & Gemma- Frontside Skis for the Outdoorsy Ladies on the Slopes
New for Salomon this year, the Astra and Gemma bring new levels of exploration to the frontside carver ski for the timid women to the aggressive speed demon cruiser. Out of the Salomon Constellation collection the Gemma and Astra explore all the options for frontside skiing.
If you’re wondering what I mean when I say frontside, I mean a ski that’s mainly sticking to groomers and is shaped directionally instead of twin tipped. With the Astra you get a narrower waisted option coming in at 78mm underfoot. This allows for precise edge to edge transmission and manageable skis for a novice to intermediate skier. The Salomon Astra is also a system ski which means it comes with a binding, the Lithium 10 ski binding. Any ski that has a built in rail system incorporated into the design comes with bindings. It doesn’t necessarily make the ski better or worse, it’s just easier to adjust and can be swapped easily if you were to change boots down the line. With dimensions of 125-78-106 and a 13m turn radius at 161cm, the Salomon Astra makes a great carving ski for the lady who loves to cruise the groomers. The Astra also comes with a Semi- Sandwich wood core and a Basalt Layer. Rossignol has been using this concept for a few years now and it’s said that this layer of Basalt helps dampen the ski and allow for a smoother ride. Or so they say, it all comes down to the skier and what they’re looking for. I personally felt a minimal difference with the Basalt layer incorporated into the design. To make this ski women specific Salomon also added there “Control Frame” into the design of the ski which supposedly helps make the ski more manageable. This again points back to the more timid skier who likes to take their time, the control frame helps stabilize the ski and make it easy to turn, making your time on the slopes enjoyable. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior just like to ski at your own pace, the Salomon Astra is an option you should be considering.
Available in 147,154,161, and 168cm
Wider than the Astra, the Salomon Gemma offers up the option of venturing off trail every once and a while a possibility. Coming in at 85mm underfoot, the Salomon Gemma produces a wider platform for the adventure seeking lady out there. No Basalt layer in this ski, instead an ultra-light woodcore is incorporated to help you fly down the slopes. But don’t think that removing the Basalt layer makes this ski any less of a power house, in fact it’s listed as stiff or the stiffest option on Salomon’s website. In fact, we’d recommend it to the upper intermediate to advanced skier out there. And it’s not necessarily groomer specific. If you felt the urge to jump in the woods or hit the off-piste bumps, the Gemma would be able to carry you through it. Also a system ski the Salomon Gemma has a Salomon XT10 Binding with a 3-10 DIN range. The Gemma guarantees the most control on multiple snowpack conditions.
Available in 157,163, and 169cm
Outdoor Technology Wireless Solutions
Outdoor Technology Wireless Solutions, We are more than pleased to bring in Outdoor Technology gear into our shop this year. Outdoor Tech, a relatively new company out of California, brings you multiple Bluetooth wireless speaker and headphone options. Cut loose from the wire with the power of Bluetooth and never take your phone out of your pocket again while skiing!
We brought in three different options from headphones from Outdoor Tech.
The Tags -> A pair of headphones made to hang around your neck like dog-tags when not in use.
The Chips -> Bluetooth speaker inserts that fit in any audio ready helmet.
The Adapt -> Turn any wired speakers or headphone into a Bluetooth connected controller.
My person favorite from Outdoor Tech is their speaker systems. These speakers are loud, durable, and perfectly sized to fit anywhere. You can mount it to the handle bar of your bike, throw it in your pocket, or strap it to your bag, these speakers are perfect fro any outdoor adventure.
Turtle Shell 2.0 – Your own personal boombox the turtle shell is water resistant, lightweight, has a 12 hour battery life, and has a decibel level louder than a bears roar!
The Buckshot – Don’t let the buckshot’s tiny size fool you, this thing is really, really loud. Put it on a lanyard around your neck and rock out while you ski, or have it as your portable home speaker system! Water resistant, rugged and with a 16 hour battery life the buckshot will keep music in your life all day long!
Outdoor Technology brings you all the wireless speaker and headphone needs while out on the slope or at home. Stop by the shop and check them out in person, you need to see how awesome these are!
2014 Nordica Fire Arrow EDT Pro Review, For steep hard pack groomers not many a ski can compare to the Nordica Fire Arrow EDT Pro.
2014 Nordica Fire Arrow EDT Pro Review, With World Cup Race Technology infused into this performance every day ski, it is more stable, turns faster, and holds a better edge on the iciest conditions. If you are a hard charging front-side carver, look no further than the Fire Arrow EDT Pro from Nordica Skis.
At 84 mm underfoot, with a 15.5 turning radius (varying from ski lengths), the Fire Arrow EDT Pro is extremely fast edge to edge, and even quicker in the turns. Also adding to the extremely fast edge to edge grip of the Fire Arrow, they also infused the world cup race plate onto the ski. This makes the mounting point for the plate wider than anything else out on the market. With this wider mounting point it makes it easier for you to turn that ski over onto edge. The Fire Arrows turning ability is at the top notch of performance in the ski world, and its edge hold is incomparable.
With the side-cut of the ski going past the contact point of the edge it makes rolling over onto your edge an ease, and once engaged it rips you right around that turn fast and hard. Also infused with Nordica’s custom tip design to cut through the snow, and be more low profile so the ski is aerodynamic and more importantly fast!
The Fire Arrow EDT Pro is definitely one of the stiffer skis out on the market today. It has two sheets of metal throughout the length of the ski, this gives it its strength and responsiveness on the hill. This is the perfect ski for any hard charger out there looking to go fast on hard pack and ice. The Fire Arrow EDT Pro is one of the best hard snow skis out this year.
For more info on the Fire Arrow EDT Pro Follow the LINK below!
The Award Winning “Prophet 90” by Line Skis
The Award Winning “Prophet 90” by Line Skis, It’s four days after an East Coast Snow Storm and you are on a mission to find the last bit of un-touched powder out in the back country. The one thought that runs through your head… what ski do I bring to the Mountain with me today? Well, that’s an easy question if you have the Prophet 90 from Line Skis in your quiver!
This 90 waist, mid-fat all mountain ski can get you through all of the crud days after the storm, and float you on top of that untouched powder you’ve been searching for all day. The award winning Prophet 90 has a maple macro-block core with a metal spine that gives it a perfect flex for all mountain adventures. With a cap wall construction the Prophet combines a sidewall for power, with the cap on top to give you some forgiveness.
The Line Prophet 90 is stable at speed and with Early Rise in the tip the agility of this ski is un-matched.
Bring a little bit of fun back into your skiing, and adventure places you never thought you would go. This is what the award winning Prophet 90 from Line Skis is all about.
Killington Snow Report Cloudy 36 degrees.
Well, I never got a chance to sample the cream cheese frosting I spoke of in yesterday’s post. The Beast’s mighty bull wheels never turned today. It sounds like they had good reason, as outlined in their own conditions report. Due to icing from freezing rain, intermittent power outages and lightning… I checked out Pico’s report and it said the same exact thing. I’m willing to make a few turns in just about any conditions for y’all but even I have to draw the line at earning turns in that kind of weather. I’m sure by tomorrow morning they will have it all sorted out. The weather actually looks quite promising, sunny and 30s for Saturday, and a strong chance of a few inches on Saturday night. Perhaps winter will come to stay now? Incidentally, I see in the above quote from Killington Resort’s conditions report that the Beast eschews the Oxford comma. I guess the Beast has not seen the very descriptive infographic floating around facebook lately that so clearly demonstrates the benefits of the Oxford comma. Either that or the Beast just hates commas.
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