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Old 07-09-2012   #1
Bellingham, Washington
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Pins and Clips Stirrups: Should I make my own?

Due to a lack of options to get more height out of my oar towers it looks like I will be switching to pins and clips. When I look at parts I see the stirrups are running on average from $20-30 a pair. I have the money, but I also have a few too many REI HDPE flexible cutting boards. From what I can tell the commercially made stirrups are a similar thickness and material. Is there any reason that cutting up a cutting board into stirrups would be a bad idea?



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Old 07-09-2012   #2
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Not sayin that HDPE is a bad idea at all, but thickness matters. If you buy stirrups, take a look at these:

They are not going to break if you need them to, but otherwise they are bomber. I am usually not too hard on equipment, but after breaking a bunch of chinsy stirrups, I went with tuff river stuff. I think Aire makes some PVC stirrups as well.
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