Depends on your use, where you row, and of course budget. Personally, I would take the duramax over the Carlisle of your choices. Moving up a step the Sawyer wood blades are awesome. super tough. I have duramax’s, carlisles, and the ash pro-v’s on different oars I have. They dynalite’s I’ve rowed a few hundred miles but never sprung for a set myself. Nice. I’ve bent more carlisles than any others, not super heavy duty, you get what you pay for. Can’t remember which one of the cataracts everybody says break really easily.
Are you fishing, whitewater, shallow rivers, etc.?? you do want/like a buoyant blade? They’ll all get you where you want to go. If you are fishing some enter and exit the water more softly (for lack of a better term) than others. I think the wood blades “feel” the best, but I don’t mind the duramax’s at all.
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