Originally Posted by duct tape
Bumping this back to the top for any more updates. I'm considering these over pins and clips. Thx.
originally i had issues with the way the stops were made --- the pipe clamp was exposed which is a big no-no if your spare oar lays against the side of the tubes. the guy making these worked with me to develop a more whitewater friendly version, no exposed sharp edges. I can still get a little slip in the stops if I really torque on the handles, but that's more of a feature as I'd rather have the stop spin than the blade snap.
the biggest remaining con to me is you can get silt etc between the collars and the oars, slowly grinding away the shiny clearcoat on your new oars. Between trips I would re-poly these. wish the collar diameter was a bit larger, which would then accomodate you placing them over the grants black oar sleeves or your existing rope wrap.
i think the new ones shipping have some sort of shrink wrap material that you can place on your oars to protect them, while being thin enough to not interfere with the collar diameter.
for me the benefits (smooth, can feather or use detent, slight extra ability to get extra inch or so out of the towers) far outweigh any detractions.
I would contact the manufacturer (he's a fisherman so he's probably on the river most of the time) and see if he has either demo stock he can loan out for evaluation, or if he still is willing to offer a money back guarantee.
I've never run pins and clips but like I mentioned, my friend who did really liked them when we put them on his sticks ...
Compared to purchasing locks and rope wrap its very competitive.