Originally Posted by mania
the carlisle blades have a stupid lip on them that will get hung up on your oar leash when you least want it to.
I really love my carlisle blades, and used to hate this "feature" also. I found that a bit of duct tape, for a custom-shim-feather transition that makes a leash easily slide up and down solves this problem.
I row cataract oars, I tried to compare carlisle and cataract, but wasn't able to get a good experiment going to really compare. Enough people that I trusted, and chatting on forums convinced me it was probably the way to go, and in the end metal just didn't seem right in a kind of logical way. I really wouldn't go get a piece of frame to row with, or conduit, so why buy something like that? I did get carlisle for my spare though, which seems kind of silly in hindsight.
I HATED the cataract blades when I tried them, I prefer my oar blades dive in when I drop them, I'd rather use my arms to take them out, then to push them in. But, I started with carlisles, and that's usually how it works, you like what you start with.