Originally Posted by bucketboater
I've never been on a class 5 run and thought "wish I had slop in my lock on this drop" or" If I could only feather my oars" as I flip. funny thread but only weekend warriors run open oar locks. Which is fine, but not used by experts. You still like rwd cars in the snow too? Pins n clips 4tha pro's.
It's funny you should say that. I didn't include pins and clips because to me they are the same as using oar rites so that puts you in the same catagory as those using rites even though your laughing at them. In my whopping three years of oaring I have used everything but pro-locks. (but they are on my list to try). I found the feel of P&Cs nearly identical to rites with no less "play" so I really don't see the advantages to them.
Judging by the results of the poll there are plenty of experienced boaters using rites. I'm not an expert but I'm voting yes because I'll probably always use them. Going into big stuff or recovering IN big stuff I don't want to take my eyes off of the river in order to look at the position of my blades since that one stroke could cost me. I may go to convertibles though. Like someone else said, they are the best of both worlds. Thanks everyone.