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Old 01-17-2014   #21
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Magnums are the only blades I've rowed on this set up so I can't compare them with any other blade on the market. It would be fun to switch blades just to check out the different feel.

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Old 01-17-2014   #22
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Do you like the Magnums?
I read quite a few threads in search, and I found a lot of people like Sawyer blades on the Cat sticks. Some said they like it cause the Sawyer blades are a bit longer than Cataracts so it made a better feel and the math was better with frame numbers. I think I'm going to get the SGX and then see if I can try out some Sawyer blades before I switch out the Carisle blades.

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Old 01-17-2014   #23
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Go with 10 footers.. And lose the counter balance . If you lose an oar the last you will see is the blade waving goodbye. I have three 10' sgg with magnum blades.. All of which float without weights on them and they rest easy in the oar locks. (On a 14' cat)
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Old 01-21-2014   #24
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I think I'm going with 10' SGX and sawyer blade unless I get a good deal on Sawyer shafts, with the SGX I'll be at 10'3" which should be good for a 16' with a good amount of gear. Now time to look at some blades.
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Old 01-23-2014   #25
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I like my 11' sgg's. Lots of flex but no real loss of energy. No CB either, don't feel its all that needed. I use Carlisle blades. Mostly because I'm cheap and they cost less to replace. No complaints really while rowing a fully loaded 18'er.
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Old 01-27-2014   #26
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Originally Posted by Gremlin View Post
Mine are still working great! I think they fixed the clear coating they put on them but my only complaint with mine is that I NEED to recoat them again. (I bought them used but I think they were manufactured in 2006.) I used spray spar varnish on them but it barely lasted a season and the fiberglass is tearing me up now.

Note to self: search Mountain Buzz threads for best thing to recoat Cataract shafts with.
Gremlin this may be some useful info from the Cataract web site.

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