I have them and really like them (10' counter-balanced for a 15' raft) though they are not the 3-piece you speak of. Bought them in March and have put significant miles on them (Dolores, Rio Chama, Salmon, Lodore, several Westwaters and The Grand)... Let me tell ya... I could feel the flex on The Grand. Others bent/broke oars and lost blades, but mine were in great condition at the end (small bite out of one blade after it popped and was under the boat for a while). Even bent an oarlock (never upside down) and the oar was fine.