Norse The Enduro

Norse The Enduro
Category: Offpist / Freeride
Level: Advanced
Brand: Norse
Modelyear: 2020 - 2021
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 126/100/114 mm Turning radius: 21.00 m Weight: 1825 gram (180 cm)
Sizes: 164,172,180,188 cm
Price: 1000 $
Manufacturers description
The versatile ski. If we were to pick one ski to use for the rest of our lives this would be the one. The Enduro is a true do it all mountain ski. It floats through powder. It pivots immediately. It grips on ice and is stable through all challenging conditions. And it absolutely rails carving on piste. All this in a lightweight package ready for your next adventure.

The sturdy yet lightweight construction means that you can take this ski everywhere. The right pop and lightness comes from our own developed ash, poplar and balsa wood core. Torsional stiffness with traditional feel comes from double layers of aluminium sheets and triaxial glass fibres combined with the right amount of rubber for vibration dampening.

In contact with the snow we use a high quality sintered base that we permanent impregnate with the original Nanowaxxx treatment. It gives you a waxless base that never needs waxing during the skis lifespan. Further it also hardens the base protecting it better from rock impacts.
Talking about rocks we also use a wider 2.0x1.8mm steel edge for increased lifespan and service.

(Official information from Norse)


What do you think about Norse The Enduro?
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johnn_andersson
26/01/2021 (Modified: 26/01/2021)
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Strenghts:
Safe and robust. Easy going and intuitive. Low weight in relation to stability and damping. Designed and produced with care for the environment. Looks like hell ...

Weaknesses:
Sees no direct weaknesses compared to other skis in the ≈100mm segment - but it is clear that larger planks can handle more mess and deeper powder, and that smaller planks are faster uphill, sharper on the piste and faster in short turns.

Summary:
I decided to invest in a pair of Norse Enduro for a fairly simple reason - Patrik, who is behind the brand's long experience of designing award-winning skis and he does his best to reduce the environmental impact at all levels. That's what's important to me. And honestly, the detailed specifications of the ski itself played less of a role. Even though I travel a lot, and especially tours at a fairly advanced level, I have always experienced that you adapt to what you have. Of course, given that the basis of the ski's design and composition holds the measure ...

... but now I have at least rested Enduron for almost three weeks. It has become a lot of ski systems but also around 4000 meters of altitude touring in very varying conditions, from blank ice and lack of crowds to decent powder snow. The skis are absolutely perfect. They bet when it is slippery, have sufficient stability to drive hard, float fantastically well and walk like high-speed trains on the piste. And at the same time, they are incredibly easy and intuitive to handle regardless of conditions. I'm a little in love ... 🙂

For me, it is a perfect all-round ski. The only time I felt limited is when I pressed the gas properly in messy terrain. Then I long for a little more length and stability. But honestly, it is rather the boots (Scarpa Maestrale RS2) that set the limit.

If you want a ski that works for everything - take a slightly longer length and mount with shift bindings. If you want something that is a little more focused on mountaineering / skiing but still can do most things if you have a little finesse, take a slightly shorter length and mount with a light tech binding. I did the latter and am really super happy.

I can also mention that it's fun to buy skis directly from the person who created them - get in touch with Patrik and shout a bit if you are a speculator!

Model year: 2020
Riding style: Most summit trip in all conceivable conditions, but also a bit of lift-borne chaos and piste whipping
Length on the ski: 172 cm
Riders weight: 62 kg
Riders length: 167 cm


Marcus
Marcus (Guest)
12/01/2021
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Strenghts:
If you only want to own a pair of skis, these are the ones!
Works great on the piste and flows nicely in loose snow.

Weaknesses:
Not discovered anything yet.

Summary:
Went on mine for a little over a week. In both wet snow / rain, piste and powder in the forest. All the time, the ski delivered what you want and expect.

Great fun in loose snow in the woods, but also a good grip on the piste. Even when it has been a bit icy, the ski has had a good grip.

I'm super happy! I bought mine directly from the manufacturer. Smooth and fast delivery. Great support, had some questions and got answers right away.

Model year: 2021
Riding style: Piste and powder
Length on the ski: 180 cm
Riders weight: 70 kg
Riders length: 177 cm


Tinna Nilsson
Tinna Nilsson (Guest)
26/02/2020
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Strenghts:
All-round skiing for all surfaces

Weaknesses:
Can't see that there would be any weaknesses

Summary:
Absolutely wonderful skiing - Norse Enduro. Never liked hard surface but with Enduro it was a completely different experience. It does not matter what ground you go in. Hard, pinched or wet snow. The skis will take you through everything.
Got to test drive these for 2 days and simply had to buy their own.

Model year: 2020
Riding style: Piste, pillows
Length on the ski: 172 cm
Riders weight: 58 kg
Riders length: 164 cm

Bjarkang
21/02/2020
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Strenghts:
Awesome, versatile ski that floats like a cork in loose snow, but which is also wonderfully fun in the piste. Highly recommended!

Weaknesses:
Not found any yet.

Summary:
I've been running the Enduro for a week. On that week I managed to time everything from downpours / slush, icy slopes and real snow, to both feather-light and a little heavier fresh snow as well as perfectly piste manchester; in other words, a perfect test week :)

The overall impression is that it is an extremely competent ski; calm, safe and very predictable - it does exactly as I want and responds quickly and efficiently.

There is no 'poppy' ski that sends me out of the swing, but stable and well-balanced; muted without feeling 'dead'.

Someone might thus describe it as boring, but in that case boring is something very positive in my world :)

Also had the opportunity to drive it in loose snow inside the forest where it felt responsive and easy to maneuver.

Versatile is another suitable word; they come up easily on edge and cut really nicely. Surprisingly comfortable on icy piste. I was down for a week with UCPA, so the time was mostly spent drilling carving turns and running off-piste / loose snow. At UCPA you can borrow equipment - as everyone else did - equipment that was more suited to piste and carving, but I can say that my Enduro probably claimed as well in the piste as the others.

We only had about 20-30 cm of powder snow, and it ranged from being really dry and nice to quite heavy and sluggish. The feeling is that they go absolutely fine in loose snow and that they float like a cork. Despite the thin loose snow cover, it was very rare that I went through, a little surprising given that it is only a centimeter below the foot.

That said, fast up the edge, a really good cut, floating like a cork in powder and quick in the woods ... What more can you ask for?

Those of my old skis that I always come back to have been my Stöckli. Something tells me they will still be superior in really hard snow, but amazed at how stable Enduron is.

I bought them with a couple of Shift bindings plus hides because the plan was originally to use them for touring. Unfortunately, this is the only thing I have not yet tested :(

My set with Enduro and Shift certainly weighs a bit more than a 'pure' touring gear, but considering how the skis behave on the mountain in general, I'm convinced I chose the right one. In the end, I think I will spend at least 90% of the time performing and just a little bit of job banding up.

Where I come from:
Technically, there are many who go infinitely better than I do, but I go as much off-piste as I can and usually take me down where I want. As a parent, however, the focus has begun to shift more and more towards the piste ...
Historically, I have alternated between three pairs of skis; a couple of Fischer ski trips, Extrem Opinion (first edition) and a couple of Stöckli Stormrider Dominique Perret from 2008. Was really quite happy with that set, but wanted a couple of skis to go on. Turned out, however, that it was more than 'just' a couple of ski trips, in the future the Enduro will be my first choice for 'a day on the mountain'.

Model year: 2020
Riding style: Tested in piste, pillows, slush and ice
Length on the ski: 180 cm
Riders weight: 75 kg
Riders length: 174 cm