Anyone play with a black bear?

Herb

Semi-Pro
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.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
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?
 

Big Bagel

Professional
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.
 

Kevo

Legend
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.
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
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
 

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
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!
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
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.
 
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.
 

c-had

Rookie
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).
 

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
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!
 
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!
I'm putting it in my Phantom 100P. When I'm using cyclone I usually go 48. Thinks that's good or should I a notch lower?
 

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
@drummerdan
Am I correct that the colors are not out yet ?
Ordered some 1.18mm to give it a try.
Colors are not yet available. Going through testing very soon and then hopefully out early 2019. These are brand new strings for 2019. Also some other strings coming out in 2019. Gonna be busy!
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
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.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
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
 

Notirouswithag

Professional
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.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
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
 

Big Bagel

Professional
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.
 
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.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
@drummerdan have been following you on IG. Congrats on getting this going. Hope to try out some strings. Most of my clients/students have been enjoying Solstice, T1 FireWire, Yellow Jacket as well as some LaserFibre strings. Some in a full bed and some with a round poly in the cross.
 
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