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Old 10-12-2011   #1
 
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Cataract vs Polecat

So I'm going to be buying oars soon. I've owned Carlisles, and I've used cataracts, both counter-balanced and not, loved em either way. Never used polecats. How do polecats and cataracts compare? Will a pair of polecats last as long as cataracts?

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I'm not sure you can use anything but Sawyer blades with Polecat shafts. So if you're happy using Sawyer blades, you can consider the Polecat as a good option.
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Sawyer Lights. Way better choice than any of the others mentioned.
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Will a pair of polecats last as long as cataracts?
Depends on what the water you are rowing on is like, weight of your rig, and abuse you are putting them through. Your wanting a comparison of a specific oar from Sawyer to a line of oars from Cataract. I personally think the Polecats are good for rowing light boats with little possibility of contact with rock. Many folks I know row use them in there drift boats on mellow deeper runs. I have blown up a few Polecats in a commercial whitewater fleet on abusive runs that Cat SGXs, Sawyer MX-Fs,and Sawyer Original Wood oars last a long time on. Oh, and those polecats are definately not going to last as long as your Carlisles, especially the composite blade Sawyer uses.
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I'm not sure you can use anything but Sawyer blades with Polecat shafts. So if you're happy using Sawyer blades, you can consider the Polecat as a good option.
I have cataract magnum blades on my polecats. I went with this set-up because it was the cheapest I could find (even cheaper than carlisle shafts and blades). So far I've been pleased (1 and a half seasons so far).
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Not sure why you are comparing Cats to Polecats, kind of apples to oranges. A fiberglass to a composite that costs a lot more. If you are willing to shell out for Cats then might as well be looking at the MXS-F/G's and G's I think. Polecats are a great budget choice for a lot of people but I'm not sure can really be in quite the same league as the others.
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Polecats suck do not buy unless you love to break an oar in half at a critical moment.
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Are polecats the smaller diam shaft with the fixed blades? If so, no comparison
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I believe they do have the smaller diameter shaft but don't have a fixed blade. I thought the only fixed blade oars Sawyer made were the wooden drift boat oars with the carbon or wood blades. Oh, come to think of it they also make those really small diameter SST fishing oar with fixed blades for fishing pontoon type boats. I've heard those are actually pretty sweet for their purpose.
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So cataracts then, thanks
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