Anyone play with a black bear?

#2
I was one of the play testers. I liked the string and have ordered a reel for personal use. Will try to start introducing to customers. I had good control and spin.
 

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#3
I was one of the play testers. I liked the string and have ordered a reel for personal use. Will try to start introducing to customers. I had good control and spin.
So it is more control oriented with comfort and doesn’t play lively like some softer polys?
 
#5
I play tested as well. Very solid string they've got. I actually preferred the round one that I had in testing, but the Bear Claw string that made the final cut was a great string too, definitely worth giving it a try.
 
#6
I also tested and found it to be quite a good string. I'm not sure I will be using it myself yet or not. I have a new reel of Ultra Cable that I'm currently using and like it quite a bit too. Seems to have slightly less feel than the bear claw, but a bit more spin potential. I might have to try them both side by side again when my reel is close to empty. I also think I preferred the round one a little bit more, but overall I think it's a very good poly that you should put on your list to try if you're looking to change strings and poly is your jam.
 
#8
Im also talking to Dan(the owner) about possibly trying to release a round co poly i playtested in the future. I just ordered some reels of it for my personal use and plan on handing out some samples

I liked it a little more than the shaped string but for now i think people will like this string
 
#11
Hey, guys! I'm the Dan behind Black Bear strings. Thanks to those play testers who chimed in about how the string plays. What I've been very pleasantly surprised about Bear Claw is that it has played with a lot of spin but it's not the typically harsh (stiff) spin string. It's soft and comfortable plus I've had a set in now for 12 plus hours and it hasn't moved a bit.

"Word on the street is that it is similar to big hitter black 7. Maybe even a derivative. Will have to get me a set."
I played with BH7 years ago and I wouldn't put Bear Claw in the same category. I think it's softer with better tension maintenance. Plus it's 5 sided. PM me and I'll send you a coupon code!

Thanks to all for your interest!
 
#12
Hey, guys! I'm the Dan behind Black Bear strings. Thanks to those play testers who chimed in about how the string plays. What I've been very pleasantly surprised about Bear Claw is that it has played with a lot of spin but it's not the typically harsh (stiff) spin string. It's soft and comfortable plus I've had a set in now for 12 plus hours and it hasn't moved a bit.

"Word on the street is that it is similar to big hitter black 7. Maybe even a derivative. Will have to get me a set."
I played with BH7 years ago and I wouldn't put Bear Claw in the same category. I think it's softer with better tension maintenance. Plus it's 5 sided. PM me and I'll send you a coupon code!

Thanks to all for your interest!
Softer than big hitter black 7? That’s tough to pull off for a poly string. But if it gets similar spin while being softer and with better tension maintenance, that would be incredible.
 
#13
I was a play tester and also liked the round version of the string better. I felt like I got a tad more bit of spin out of the round sample I tested and absolutely loved it. I will be ordering a couple of reels because of the spin and control just worked like magic for me. Also looking forward to hybriding it with my fav Tier One strings.
 
#15
I played with BH7 years ago and I wouldn't put Bear Claw in the same category. I think it's softer with better tension maintenance. Plus it's 5 sided. PM me and I'll send you a coupon code!
5 sided? Doesn't the website say 6?

Anyone played it and Solinco Revolution and able to compare? That's another 6 sided softer co-poly (and my current go-to string).
 
#21
Super excited to try it out! I was lucky enough to win a reel of it in the giveaway. It gets here Saturday, and I'm stringing I think that night hopefully. Sounds like a great option. I've fought about every arm injury in the books but still love the few shaped polys I can play with. I'm very hopeful I'll be adding Bear Claw as one of my go to strings!
Please let me know what you think! If you have some arm issues, string it down a bit to soften the feel. You'll maintain good control and the spin will be excellent!
 

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#34
For those who have already played Bear Claw string 1.29. I string Tier 1 Black Night 1.28 @ 46 or 47lbs on my TC95s. What is a good starting point tension wise to test Bear Claw? I don’t know if it plays lively or truly a control poly and description says soft. Not sure what tension to test it at.
 

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#37
I string it at 55 and 10% prestretch
Wow but i have explained I play a comfortable control poly @46 so that is a massive jump. I am simply adjusting to characteristics of a new string so wondering if i need to adjust a bit higher if it is pretty soft or plays more lively for a poly
 
#38
Wow but i have explained I play a comfortable control poly @46 so that is a massive jump. I am simply adjusting to characteristics of a new string so wondering if i need to adjust a bit higher if it is pretty soft or plays more lively for a poly

As I said try 2-3# higher and go from there. Its not stiff and lively but its more controlled and softer so it sounds like it may play to your liking based on your go to poly

Its not a lively string, but it does play on the softer side and there is power when you want it.
 

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#39
As I said try 2-3# higher and go from there. Its not stiff and lively but its more controlled and softer so it sounds like it may play to your liking based on your go to poly

Its not a lively string, but it does play on the softer side and there is power when you want it.
Cool, I will try it @48lbs
 
#40
For those who have already played Bear Claw string 1.29. I string Tier 1 Black Night 1.28 @ 46 or 47lbs on my TC95s. What is a good starting point tension wise to test Bear Claw? I don’t know if it plays lively or truly a control poly and description says soft. Not sure what tension to test it at.
I always suggest staying at the same tension when testing a new string unless you know it's significantly stiffer or softer. I think the strings will be comparable, I'd keep the same tension the first go around.
 
#43
I always suggest staying at the same tension when testing a new string unless you know it's significantly stiffer or softer. I think the strings will be comparable, I'd keep the same tension the first go around.
Agreed. I always buy at least 3 sets of a new string. The first install is always at my normal tension. The next stringing is adjusted to enhance or mute play characteristics. The third set is to have ready for the next string while waiting for another set or two to be ordered or to use in hybrid with other favorite strings.
 
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