Originally Posted by danattherock
These Sawyer pole cats measure 8.5' but feel a bit long. With so little of the shaft above the oar locks, they feel heavy and out of balance. Any suggestions on the appropriateness of these oars or suggestions for improvement? Thanks for any thoughts.
They feel heavy and out of balance because they are.
Way too much oar outside of the fulcrum. Just look at them.
There looks to be the right amount of oar handle inside the locks. Some overlap but not too much.
Moving the oars further in doesn't look to be an option.
Go to a shorter oar. Same inside but the outer is what needs to be shortened.
Unless you're one of those guys that has a Prius look down your nose glare at those scouting narrow chutes as you smirk on by. Perhaps you name your narrow SOTAR the smirk
If that's the case, go with even longer oars.