Originally Posted by mania
ps. the cataract blades suck. see my previous rants. I actually have sawyer pro v blades on cataract shafts.
I was leery, largely based on your posts Mania, when I was looking at getting the Cataract blades in May. I needed a floating blade since my new posi-locker oarlocks let the blade dive to vertical, not good in shallow rocky rivers. Instead of trying some cobble-together solution to put a stop on the locks, or floats on the end of the oar, I dropped the cash and bought the Magnums. I beat the crap out of them this spring, hit lots of rocks and they've held up fine. Quite a few other catboaters I know use them, including on steep creeky technical Class V stuff. Perhaps they had some bad product runs in the past? Yes some do get shark bites, so they aren't without failure. But what isn't going to fail sometimes with the crap some people put these through, certainly not the typical whitewater user?
P.S. I was told this spring that the Razor's are not actually rated for whitewater, they're considered a fishing blade, FWIW.