I've purchased eight oars (two sets) of custom wrapped oars over the last four or so years from Sawyer. On both occasions I dealt exclusively with Aaron and couldn't have been happier about my experience. The second set was delayed a tad because of interruptions in the company, but I was on the phone with Aaron as well as e-mail chat whenever pertinent information needed to be passed. They made it to KY for the drive out to ID in adequate time, and the sticks continue to provide my favorite performance in the water. I don't work for, or have ANY affiliation with Sawyer. I'm a high school Manufacturing teacher in Lexington, and own four 10' Cataract SGG oars. The Sawyers are 8.5' and 10.5' MX's. I use the original Cataract flotation blades on the Cataract's and run the Dynalite X-HD blades on the Sawyers, unless I'm running low water and then I use the Cataract blades exclusively. I prefer the bite and feel of the Dynalite's and they don't show excessive wear despite some hard hits, but I'd think the Cataract's would be more bomber, but cost is the ultimate factor... Hope this helps BUZZARDZ!!!