Originally Posted by Rich
Pro-Loks from Pro-Loks, LLC? or pro-locks?
Keep hearing about pro-locks (loks) for Class 4/5 Whitewater.
But when I look online all I see is a company that makes a plastic/ss sleeve and collar that appears to be for the fishing/driftboat crowd. None of the reviews discuss using in whitewater.
This summer in Idaho a met some catboaters that had stainless steel oar locks with oar rites. They ran Class 4/5 with them and the only downside I could see was you needed to remove the blade to remove the oar from the
oar locks. Can not find them online.
Any help or pictures? Thanks
Yes, pro loks llc, Home
I've been amazed with my set. I admit, it looks like what you describe, a "plastic sleeve and collar fit for fishing/driftboat crowd."
But, the material is not some home depot abs, it is a burly high strength plastic.
First, how they work: the lock doesn't pinch in at the horns, the horns are vertical, or parallel. then, a bolt threads through the top of each horn, to pinch the collar on the oar, which has recessed spots to hold the bolt ends.
You can control the tension at which oars pop by tightening these bolts. The plastic collar is soft enough to pop and relase the oar, but it isn't possible to jam the oar in the lock in a bad position.
I am putting them everywhere I row.
Pins and clips con: no option for blade feather. I'm unsure how P&C do with oars popping before catostrophic failure.
Frogloks/posilockers: can allow for feathering, but still can't pop an oar to prevent breakage
open locks: maximally flexible, oar rights or not, but no way to keep the oar in the lock in the shit reliably. tighter you tune them, more you risk the "pinch of death" if you jam an oar.
Pro loks give you every one of the benefits, of each of these systems. the pro-rights are on, or off, with the flick of a wrist. The oar will stay put under almost any real world circumstance, but will pop before breaking.
I've actually not been able to pop an oar or otherwise damage my pro loks. They work, all the time, just they way you want 'em to.
I am a gear head, I love innovative design, and I love guys making groundbreaking gear in their garages. That's how most of our favorite companies got started, and that's what Dan at pro loks does.
I've had them on big water IV, technical ELF gear boating, and everything in between. I haven't yet run them in class V, but I'm 100% confident in next I get a chance to run the cascade, or wind, or tumwater etc.
If you are out in WA at all, I'd be glad to get them out for a demo day somewhere.