The Sego Cleaver is a directional big mountain ski with solid stability, a powerful feel, and awesome off piste ability. This was my first experience with Sego and I was pretty impressed. The ski doesn’t have the same polished look as some of the big guys, but the performance of the ski was top notch. If you’re an aggressive skier that’s looking for high speed stability and and a variable off piste bomber, but Cleaver might be your ski.
Sego Cleaver On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith Squad
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Conditions: Soft Chop, Variable, Tracked Out, Groomed
Ski Personality: The Sego Cleaver is a ski that likes speed. It has a long turning radius, solid stability, and terrain absorbing construction. At the same time, the ski seemed to have a decent amount of versatility.
On the Snow Feel: Stable.
Powder: I didn’t have a chance to ski the Sego Cleaver in any deep snow. We did have 6″ of fresh snow the morning of testing, and by the afternoon it was quite tracked out. The Cleaver was great in these conditions and I’d suspect that it would hold up pretty well in powder. The Cleaver has a pretty significant rocker line and maneuverability was fine for deep tracked out snow. I really feel like the tip would help the ski plane quickly as well, and with a 106mm waist, it’s not going to feel wildly out of place when the snow gets really deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Ok, the Sego Cleaver isn’t a great carver, but it’s still a really fun and capable ski. The turn radius is quite large (25m), so it’s definitely a ski that likes straighter, bigger lines. This is truly a big-mountain comp type ski, and if so if you’re idea of a good time is lots of short radius, quick, and high energy turns, the Cleaver probably isn’t your ski. However, if you like to make big, fast, and stable turns at high speed, the Cleaver has you covered. At slower speeds, the ski is surprisingly maneuverable and easy to pivot. It does take a bit of work, but hard charging skiers will have no problem manuevering the ski. Still, this ski wants speed. Initiation was easy considering the type of ski underfoot, but it’s still going to take a good, and aggressive skier to open up the Cleaver. On edge the ski is powerful, and the ski remained stable throughout the turn. Transitioning from edge to edge was smooth and predictable, but it wasn’t overly quick or exciting. Still, there is life to this ski. It’s not just a boring plank that doesn’t want to turn. I found it quite responsive actually, and if I was willing to work harder I could make the ski do what I wanted it to. The tail is upturned and it was actually quite easy to adjust turn shape and direction when needed. This is not a carver, and groomed terrain is not where this ski is meant to be, but get it in soft snow and let them run. On edge, the stability is awesome, and yet the ski is still pivotable when you want to slash, and slide any type of turn. I think the best way t describe it’s carving ability is big, fast, swooping turns.
Speed: The Sego Cleaver has a maple, aspen, fiberglass, and carbon core. It feels like a decently burly ski and one that can withstand some speed. The 25m turning radius just makes you want to open up your turns and let the ski run. It’s not the most damp ski I have ever been on, but it is definitely solid at speed. I never noticed tip chatter, and the ski just eats up negative vibrations so well.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This is probably one of my favorite skis for variable tracked out snow. It has the feel of a burly charger, but it also has a lot of tip rocker and a slightly softer flex in tip. The ski does a nice job of staying on top of tracked out snow, and with it’s burly feel underfoot, the ski seems to smooth out the terrain really well. Sometimes big burly chargers can be a bit too much ski and I’ll get bounced around. The Cleaver is big and burly, but doesn’t feel like too much ski.
Edge Hold: The only groomed terrain I had a chance to ski the Cleaver was pretty soft. The ski feels powerful and stable on edge in these conditions. There is a small amount of camber underfoot, and I feel like it would hold up moderately well on harder groomed snow. Still, this is a big mountain charger that just wants to run, it’s not going to feel at home on groomed terrain.
Bottom Line: I really like the solid and stable feel of the Sego Cleaver. This is a true big-mountain comp ski that wants to run fast. It has solid edge hold, lots of power, and great stability. At the same time it’s a ski that is fun to break free from a big turn and slide or slash through the turn to set yourself up for that next big line. This is a ski that caters to big aggressive skiers that have room and ability to just let them run.
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