A tool for snow-schralping.
- The Cleaver is an all-mountain ski, especially if the mountain's big
- Mid-sized 102mm waist surfs soft snow with ease
- Rockered tip and tail navigate deep powder
- Camber underfoot holds an edge in occasional firmness
- Titanal laminate increases stability and spring off each turn
- Durable sidewalls make this ski easier to tune
- Item #SGE0001
- Q & A
Holy crap these skis rip
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These skis are everything I wanted the Nordica Enforcer 100 to be, only way better. I have yet to find conditions these skis aren't completely at home in, and this funky season has given me the whole range of snow types. Of course specialist skis are better in extreme conditions like super deep blower pow, or solid ice, but I have yet to wish I was on different skis. High praise coming from a guy who often brings 3 or 4 pairs to the hill.
Sego really managed to make this ski both lively yet extremely damp, to near perfection. I have no idea how they get a ski with this much tip rocker to hold an edge on hardpack, but with a good 1/3 tune on them, they almost feel like a race ski. I have no problem whipping my 181cms around in tight quarters, and the ample tip and tail rocker makes them easy to pivot on a dime, but open them up through death chunder and they are mighty inspiring. I've never skied anything that can blast through heavy midday chop like the Cleaver 102s. Sometimes I find myself ripping crud at a very high rate of speed without even realizing how thrashed the snow actually is. They're that smooth.
These skis also have the added benefit of being tough as nails. I've unfortunately been blasting rocks left and right on these skis, but they're holding up incredibly. The bases are hard as a rock and seem to just bounce off rock strikes rather than gouge, and the extra thick edges are holding up as well as an edge hitting rock can possibly be expected to. The top sheets seem pretty resistant to chipping too.
If you're on the fence sizing wise, size up. They're not a handful at all, and ski relatively short for their length since they're pretty rockered, especially in the shovel.
Cleaver The Corduroy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Sego is making waves with their lineup this year and skis like the Cleaver stand out as very approachable and confidence inspiring.
I was able to chop up the snow at my local resort on the 175 length with most snow conditions being represented (light powder, icy hardpack, moguls, and groomed runs). These skis have a classic turn and burn kind of feeling; very fast, incredibly stable, and stiff across the entire ski. The popular wood core gives the skis some life, and the metal laminate calms the skis down when riding really fast or attacking really challenging terrain. I appreciated how many times the stiff tails saved my bacon and pushed me back into the sweet spot on the ski especially in the moguls and areas with unmarked obstacles that required some fast improvisation. Compared to other skis in this category this pair has a nice combination of turn initiation and stable edge hold which are sometimes difficult to build into the same ski but Sego pulled it off.
These skis felt really purposeful with a more traditional mount that let me throw the tails around and carve deeply into my turns but they would still be comfortable mounted closer to the center for skiers who prefer that mount point.
Additionally this ski has a refined hand made feel to it and it is manufactured/tested in America. Generally I am impressed with this ski and would recommend it to someone looking for an all mountain ski that will spend most of its time on groomed runs or for skiers on the east cost looking for a ski that can charge.
An absolute Butcher
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Cleaver has taken Powder Magazines skiers choice this season as well as Freeskier Magazines Editors pick! If you are looking for a ski that seems to be closing in on a "one ski quiver" for this less then spectacular season start than this is the ski!
- handmade in the tetons this ski is reinforced with a titanal strip running the length of the core, this helps make the ski a little more damp so you charge through that variable terrain they like to call crud. The Cleaver likes to make pretty large turns, and finds it home at chasing your local resorts best fall line skiing, The cleaver loves speed, making smooth turns and allowing you to find your own inner speed limit.
please feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions with the Cleaver. its easily one of my favorite directional skis out there and have had a helping hand in design of this ski!