Originally Posted by froto25
This is from their web site....
What's does Vibration Damping have to do with skis and skiing ?
Answer: ...snip ... (#1) Remember, there is only one true carved turn arc (radius) for any given speed and ski side cut radius... (#2) ... From what I've read in other forums, its not actually the skis that do the dampening, its the plate. ...
In addition to the comments made by the other participants in this thread, and to return to the subject of Claw skis, the technical accuracy of the above two statements leaves a lot to be desired:
#1 - Howe (or whomever wrote the above material) neglected to mention edge angle and compression of the snow as other important determinants of the radius of a true carved arc.
#2 - What you have read in other forums is wrong. Some ski mfgrs spend a lot of R&D $$$ designing dampening into their skis. Dampening sites strategically placed along the length of a ski can selectively influence various modes of vibration that might not be ameniable to control using only plate-based underfoot damping. The latter is cheap, the former is not.
Since my above two comments were negative, Froto25 may also be worried about my possible bias, business relationships and technical credentials. Let me state that I have skied for 30+ years, but have absolutely no relationship with any ski mfgr.
My experience with people pushing their "new technology" is that when I see someone who wants my money make statements containing either fundamental technical errors or re-stating the obvious as if it was their own invention/idea, I become suspicious of their competance and/or motives. For the reasons I suggested in my post from 2002, the caution flag has been raised in my mind with respect to the mfgr. of Claw skis.
In spite of my concern, I'll reiterate what I said in my 2002 post on this subject:"... its very possible that Howe has sufficient "art" that he has put together a very nice ski (he has named it The Claw ), and I would love to demo a pair and rank them on how they perform, not what he says. ..."
I still haven't had the opportunity to try them, and still haven't met anyone in the last 3 years (ie, since my last post on this subject) who has tried them.
If I ever do get the chance to try a pair and like them, I might very well buy them, but still continue to criticize major errors I find in the public statements of the mfgr. In fact, I have done exactly this with respect to Head: I own 2 pair of Head skis, love them, and yet have pointed out (on Epic) technical errors on the Head website with respect to their piezo technology. To me, this is ample demonstration of full and open discussion and its influence (or lack thereof) on purchasing decisions.
Tom / PM