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Old 09-23-2007   #1
 
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Cataract or Carlisle Oars

Just getting ready to buy some oars and wondering what the advatages of the cataract oars are.
ian

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Old 09-23-2007   #2
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Just getting ready to buy some oars and wondering what the advatages of the cataract oars are.
ian
they cost twice as much but will last three times as long. they dont bend and stay bent like carlisles - which are aluminum covered in plastic. the cataracts are carbon fiber. there you have it.
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cataract

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I have used both quite a bit over the years. At first I thought carlisle's were the best deal. Now I'm outfitting all my boats with cataracts. The plastic around the carlisles cracks pretty easy and they just don't have the same feel during the stroke. The flex of the carbon-fiber, I feel, really helps fight fatigue. I also think it's fun to feel the oar flex and snap... it's a mental thing. Enough to pay the extra cost.

Some folks complain about the carbon-fiber eventually splintering but if you keep it wiped down with 303 it sould help prevent this from occuring. I'm sure there are other solutions.

Different stokes for different folks though. Good luck.
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You can also get the Cataract ones with counterweights built in. My next pair will have this feature. If your going to spend the bucks........why not go all the way.
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Take a look at the Sawyer Polecats too- they come in a counterbalance as well. My buddy says they have a nice feel, and the price is actually great considering they're Sawyers. I have Cataracts, which I like; although I was bummed that one of my Cataract blades bent just a bit after the first trip.

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"I have Cataracts, which I like; although I was bummed that one of my Cataract blades bent just a bit after the first trip."

I've never really liked the cataract blades. I use the carlisle blades on my cataract oars. I think they grip the wter just a bit better. Plus I usually have one oar on the bank (where legal) and can dig it in to the mud or whatever when back-rowing. I spend most my day back-rowing. On a nine-mile stretch with a gps we really cover 26 with all the rowing. The cataracts blades really frustrate me.
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I'll chime in for Sawyers too. The Polecats are a great oar and a super good value, and would be my top choice. The rest of the Sawyer line is very nice as well.

I really can't stand the feel of Carlisles and personally wouldn't consider them.

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there are more than just carlisle and cataract oars...dont rule out wood (Gull is probably the biggest manufacturer). they are naturally light and suprisingly well balanced, plus there is a certain aesthetic to wood if you're into that, which I am. Yes, they require a bit of attention every few years, but I will never own anything but wooden oars...
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Not impressed with cataract

The cataract oars seem to me to be very heavy and too expensive. I have used carlisle for 15 years and they have worked great. I have never broke a carlisle oar.

I borrowed a freinds raft a few weeks ago when my family was in town. My borhter in law was rowing the borrowed boat and hit a rock sideways on the grizzly stretch. The oars on the boat were cataract's and the spare oar that took the brunt of the hit snapped in two. The the blade side of the broken oar sank to the bottom. Luckily it was clear enough to see the oar and I retrieved the blade.

From reading the other posts I'd say go with what feels good (if you have a change to try them).

If you can you should try the oars on your frame. Different frames have different effects on the oars. And size does matter. If you have a narrow boat don't get a long oar or it will be very heavy.
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The Cataract oars are appreciably nicer than the Carlisle. Like others have said Carlisle blades are quite nice, cost less, and fit just fine on Cataract shafts.

If I was going to buy new oars I would strongly look at the Sawyer Polecats - they are flexible like the Cataracts but significantly less expensive . And since it is the end of the season you should be able to find deals right now.
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