Ha! I just happened to be up at this hour Nicho and saw your post from what is now an 18 month old post! Cool enuf eh?
I did make some choices. First, since that post I did pick up a set of Sawyers MX/F's. I used them on a Middle Fork and a couple of Westwaters this year and really liked them. They feel quite a bit like wood, and are not whippy or rubbery. Good oar, which is why I think they've become the favorite replacement for wood in the Grand Canyon.
But along the way I also fell into a deal on some Gull oars, imported directly from NZ. So I set those up too and used those. I'm sticking with Gulls because that's what I'm used to and ultimately I am just a "wood oar guy." I used Gulls exclusively for along time early on.
It was interesting, because I have also Smokers and love those, I used Gulls for years before that, and I always wanted to try the Sawyers. I was setting up a 3rd boat and that's why I got some Gulls too. But that boat is gone now so I just sold the Sawyers which became extras. I had no disappointment with the Sawyers.
Some pointers: The Smokers are probably the best pulling oar I've ever used, even better than Gull. But they are a bit heavier, so go with the Drifter model, which is overall about 1/8" slimmer in diameter than the Whitewater model but is really a fine pulling oar and plenty strong. It will move my heavy Avon Pro or the dory fully-loaded easily, with a nice feel.
If you do go with Sawyer, note that they've simplified what used to be an overcomplicated lettering system. The oar is an MX. MX/F stands for fiberglass. MX/FG stands for fiberglass with an added graphite wrap, for a stiffer oar if you want that option. The graphite is now simply listed as an "option" you can get, whereas before they had them all listed separately and it got a little confusing. (I think they also did away with the letter "S" which referred to shaft diameter. If you want the large diameter now you just click that option, otherwise they're all "S"'s)
To me, I don't see how anyone would need or want a stiffer oar than the regular MX/F. It was more than adequately beefy. And for price I stayed with the "S" shaft, which is 1 5/8". The outfitter diameter is larger. I like those, but didn't see the value. So I went with standard MX oars (i.e., MX/FS - - does that make sense?).
Now, there is a new oar out there, and I had a pair that I sold with a boat earlier this year. They are Gull River oars. The Gulls you have are probably the Whitewater oar, about 2 1/4' thick. The River Oar is built the same, only thinner at about 2" diameter. They looked and felt very sweet in my hands, but I never got to row them because they went away with the boat.
Gull is still making great oars, but they are hard to find. I have a source, and could be ordering some in the spring. If you're willing to wait and want to add to the order let me know. To get the best price-point on them last time around I ordered 10 total. With shipping to Grand Junction they came in way less than either the Smokers or the Sawyers. You should PM me about that if you're interested.