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Did I buy what I think I bought?

post #1 of 20
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At the used sporting goods store today I came across a pair of these.....





The Claw in a 193 with Sallie 997s for $29.95. Plenty of camber, edges good, no
obvious
bends and a layer of wax.

I am guessing this is a GS ski as the writing on the "plate" seems to
indicate
a 25M radius and the binding choice.

Does anyone know about these skis and if they are
in fact
a GS ski.
post #2 of 20
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Sorry about the posts appearance, spell checker mayhem that one is.
post #3 of 20
Well, you can be statisfied in knowing that the bindings alone are worth more than $29.
post #4 of 20
I can tell you that these are made (handmade?) in Maine, but i've never seen a pair in person.

http://www.clawskis.com/
post #5 of 20
Yes you did. I expect a full gear report.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Highway Star View Post
Well, you can be statisfied in knowing that the bindings alone are worth more than $29.
That was my line of thinking, at the very least I got a deal on the binders and free kindling.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Yes you did. I expect a full gear report.
In all honesty, the little guy on my shoulder, whispering in my ear to by them, was wearing a rather "Euro" sweater.:
post #8 of 20
Sal 900s equipe for $30 bucks?

Sweet deal! :
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
In all honesty, the little guy on my shoulder, whispering in my ear to by them, was wearing a rather "Euro" sweater.:
Did he have an Austrian accent?
post #10 of 20
I like the video: http://www.clawskis.com/movie.htm

It's like something from one of those old timey craft/woodworking video shows on PBS where they teach you how to make faux antique furniture.

Next question: has anybody ever skied The Claws?
post #11 of 20
I've seen those at Whitetail on some people involved in racing. Coaches or racers, I'm not sure. They were skiing shorter lengths than 193 and were carving on very firm surfaces with them. I think The Claw is know to have a tenacious grip on ice (hence the name). Don't throw them on the woodpile until you try them.
post #12 of 20
I've never skied them but wouldn't mind trying them some day. I've seen them being made on Maine Chronicle on Channel 6. I saw a pair once last year at Sugarloaf. You must have an older pair for them to be 193s. Too much ski for me.
post #13 of 20
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I am sure they are an older pair, I don't think they make a true GS ski anymore. At least it is not in the brochure from 2003 on their website.
post #14 of 20
that's the only thing that got me...the last skis listed on the site are 2003 models.

are they still making The Claw to this day or are they gone?

i would like a nice ice friendly ski, though. only thing really missing from my quiver.
post #15 of 20
When I was a senior in high school in 2004, a friend of mine was doing a project on how to make snowboards. As part of this, he met with the individual who was manufacturing Claw Skis. At the time, he was not activly producing skis, but if memory serves me correct, they were still making limited quantities on more of a custom basis.It was/is a real small operation. Try the contact info on the webpage, as I think they are distrubuted by Ski Depot in Jay, ME.
post #16 of 20
Here's their website--

http://www.clawskis.com/brochure.htm

Looks like the last year listed was 2003. Kinda of Metron-ey sort of designs, tight-radius, Wide-narrow-wide profile.
post #17 of 20
TS, have you measured them yet?
post #18 of 20
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TS, have you measured them yet?
Not yet, I'll have to borrow some calipers from work.
post #19 of 20
Trip report soon?
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
I was up at Greek Peak today and they are blowing snow and expect to be open this weekend. So, yes I hope so.

I have not gotten my hands on any calipers, so know measurements yet.
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