Men’s Nordica 2020/2021 Skis at Avie’s Ski / Sports
New to this series of skis for 20/21 is True Tip technology. The redesigned tip has a matrix, or web of metal, nestled into the tip that reduces weight while reinforcing the ski to make the tip more damped. What this means is less of that annoying tip chatter when running atop hard pack snow surfaces. True Tip technology is something for New England skiers to make note of since we see lots of hard pack. Also new for the 20/21 season in Enforcer skis is a rocker profile reshaped to mimic Enforcer Free—which are more powder-worthy skis—providing greater versatility, but with no reduction in overall on-piste performance that Enforcer skis are noted. Bottom line? Enforcer skis are a bit more friendly, but still a very serious ski for very serious, advanced skiers
Avie’s Ski Testers found Enforcer 88 and Enforcer 94 to be stiff and high performing. All testers agreed they need a skier that can stay on top of and in control. They also all agreed that Enforcer does not like a skier that leans back on the skis and tries to relax—what is termed “getting in the back seat.” They really do demand your attention to perform. That said, all agreed that they are a bit more friendly than previous models. All models grip well and are super stable through turns and over crusty, crunchy New England hard pack. Avie’s Ski Testers think Enforcer 94 and 88 are great skis for strong intermediate or better skiers.
- Enforcer 94 $800 / $699 Avie’s Enforcer 94 is NEW for 20/21. The 94 mm waist width puts this ski in a position to be a serious thought for New England skiers. Wide enough to float powder—and the redesigned rocker profile and True Tip reinforce that ability—but still serious enough to hang on and perform on the hard pack surface New England skiing regularly sees. Avie’s Ski Tester Ray Gomes says “I have skied the Enforcer 93 for the last several seasons and have enjoyed its power, stability at speed and versatility in crud and soft snow. The new Enforcer 94 is easier to ski than the Enforcer 93, but does not lose any of the power.” A great ski for advanced skiers looking for a high performing ski who, on those days when the white stuff is deep, won’t need to wish they had “powder skis.” Enforcer 94 is best suited to advanced intermediate to expert level skiers and pairs best with Marker Griffon binding.
- Enforcer 88 $750 / $649 Avie’s Enforcer 88 is basically the same as last year, but with new topside graphics and True Tip technology. At 88mm at the waist this is a great ski all over the mountain, being a little quicker into and out of the turns than it’s wider-waisted siblings. Of all the Enforcer skis, Enforcer 88 has the greatest edge length contact with the snow during turns, making it the most speed-worthy of the family. Avie’s Ski Tester Ray Gomes says “The Enforcer 88 is the narrowest model of the Enforcer series. It really turns and holds on the hardpack, but busts crud all day long. It’s perfect for the skier looking for a frontside ski with soft snow versatility.” Enforcer 88 is best suited to intermediate to expert level skiers and pairs best with Marker Griffon bindings.
Navigator series skis are the most versatile skis in the Nordica line. A full wood core provides strength without great weight, and metal matrix sheets—a web-like structure—reduces weight while adding stabilizing power. The design of Navigator skis is such that they can float powder reasonably well and play on the groomers quite well. Give them some soft snow, whether on the groomers, in the woods, or on the bump runs, and you will have a ear-to-ear smile. NEW for 20/21 is incorporation of the True Tip technology seen in Enforcer skis. The tip redesign strengthens the tip a bit while reducing weight, with the end result be less chatter in the tips over hard surfaces, which had previously been an annoying feature of this otherwise near perfect ski. The squared off tail redesign provides better holding power through the turns.
- Navigator 80CA $600 / $499 Avie’s Avie’s Ski Tester Alan Desbonnet says “I found Navigator 80CA to be a fun, lightweight ski with lots of pop and playfulness. Flexible and turn-worthy in the woods and bumps.” All Avie’s Ski Testers found that they gripped well but did chatter and skip just a bit on tight, high speed turns over crunchy snow. But keep in mind that the Avie’s Ski Testers were trying to make the skis chatter and skip. The True Tip redesign has noticeably reduced tip chatter from previous versions of this ski. Avie’s Ski Testers think Navigator 80CA would be great all around the mountain ski for an advanced beginner or intermediate skier, or for a more advanced skier that simply wants an easier skiing ski to play on.
Soul Rider skis remain unchanged from 19/20 season. But really, there isn’t much reason to—these are simply put, fun skis. The full wood core keeps them light and springy, and lots of camber brings that trait out clear as a bell. With no metal in the Soul Rider 88 or 84, you might expect them to skip about on the turns, but they don’t. The wood combination overlays in the core provide a strength that keeps them stable in just about all conditions. Avie’s Ski Testers found Soul Rider skis to be a ton of fun on the groomers, in the woods, and in the bumps. And since they are twin tips, they no doubt play well in the park, though none of the Avie’s Ski Testers took them to play in the park. We will leave that for you to try and report back to us. Great skis for any skier beyond beginner level.
- Soul Rider 84 $450 / $349 Avie’s Soul Rider 84 has all the great traits of the Soul Rider family, but with a narrower waist will be quicker into and out of turns and a bit more nimble in the woods, bumps, and of course in the park. Avie’s Ski Tester Alan Desbonnet says “I like Soul Rider 84 so much, I have a pair! Super fun all over the mountain. They do everything.” Pairs well with Marker Squire or Griffon binding.
- Soul Rider 87 $600 / $499 Avie’s Soul Rider 87 has all the great traits of the Soul Rider family, but will take a bit more effort to tip into and out of turns than it’s narrower sibling. That little extra effort however, will earn you a bit more stability in the turns and a bit more crud-busting power when you tackle that late day “harbor chop” on the slopes. Oh yeah, a bit more “float ability” when Mother Natures provides some fluffy stuff. Pairs well with Marker Squire or Griffon binding. Avie’s Ski Tester Ray Gomes says “The Soul Rider 87 is a great all mountain ski for all conditions. It carves the groomers, bashes crud and floats in the powder. This is not a park only twin tip! I made Joe and Mike ski the Soul Rider 87 and they couldn’t believe how versatile they were.“
Women’s Nordica 2020/2021 Skis at Avie’s Ski / Sports
Astral series skis are the most versatile skis in the Nordica line. A full wood core provides strength without great weight, and metal matrix sheets—a web-like structure—reduces weight while adding stabilizing power. The design of Astral skis is such that they can float powder reasonably well and play on the groomers quite well. Give them some soft snow, whether on the groomers, in the woods, or on the bump runs, and you will have a wall to wall smile. NEW for 20/21 is incorporation of the True Tip technology seen in Enforcer skis. The tip redesign strengthens the tip a bit while reducing weight, with the end result be less chatter in the tips over hard surfaces, which had previously been an annoying feature of otherwise near perfect skis. The squared off tail redesign provides better holding power through the turns.
- Astral 78 CA $600 / $499 Avie’s From immaculate groomers to afternoon crud, the Astral is out to enjoy every trail, though you will find it shining best on the groomers. A full balsa wood core combines with a matrix of metal to provide power and stability as well as easy maneuverability in all terrain and conditions. Avie’s Ski Testers found Atral 78 CA to be a lightweight, easy to handle set of sticks that played well all over the mountain. Astral 78 CA is designed to make skiing easier—it’s stable and playful so it won’t hold you back. Astral 78CA is a great, light weight best suited to advanced beginner and intermediate skiers, or the more advanced skier looking for a relaxing, easy to handle set of sticks.
Sentra series skis are designed with the front side groomers in mind. And what is the most fun thing to do on those groomers? Carve! And Sentra are very, very carve-worthy skis. Light weight and full camber make Sentra super fun.
- Sentra S4 $700 / $599 Avie’s Nordica’s answer for front side ripper women who want to carve the groomers top to bottom. Light in weight for agility and versatility, the balsa wood core provides the strength to hang tight through the turns. Full length camber gives Sentra S4 a great deal of pop and makes them ideal for short turns down the mountain side. Avie’s Ski Testers found Sentra S4 to be very turn-worthy on the groomers, and carving with these sticks was super easy, and super fun. Best suited to advanced beginner to intermediate and better level skiers.
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