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Old 05-11-2019   #11
 
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I did a back to back comparison between cataract magnum blades and my new nrs helix.

I didn't notice a big difference in how they feathered but I'm very new to feathering so take that with a grain of salt.

I did notice that the magnum seem to float more than the helix, but helix still seemed to float... The blade didn't sink to infinity when I let go of the handle.

One positive I did notice to the "shoal cut" concept is that when my downstream oar clipped the bottom, it wasn't jarring and the oar didn't want to propel itself towards my face... The curve on the bottom of the blade meant it just bumped up vertically. I like this.

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Old 05-19-2019   #12
 
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What did you end up buying?

I have shoal cut blades and smokers and prefer the shoal cut in almost every instance. Probably because it's what I'm use to. I float rocky rivers and fish a lot....but almost always take them on my whitewater trips too. Now that I'm use to using them...I can't see the disadvantage even in deep water. I'm sure someone at Sawyer can explain why.
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What did you end up buying?

I have shoal cut blades and smokers and prefer the shoal cut in almost every instance. Probably because it's what I'm use to. I float rocky rivers and fish a lot....but almost always take them on my whitewater trips too. Now that I'm use to using them...I can't see the disadvantage even in deep water. I'm sure someone at Sawyer can explain why.

Nothing yet, I have been waffling back and forth about my decision.



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Old 05-19-2019   #14
 
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Which ones are you going back and forth on?
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Cataract, cutthroats or magnums
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Old 05-20-2019   #16
 
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You might occasionally notice some slight rotational torque on the shafts due to the shoal cut blades. But the torque is really not enough to make me want to go back to regular or magnum blades. Shoal cuts for me and the technical rivers I like to run.
Rowing feathered or oarlocks?
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I have been using the NRS helix for 2 seasons now for WW. They are very light and float well. They also seem to be very durable (which I was concerned about at first). They work great for the shallow rivers we like to run like the Piedra and Upper A. I also used them on the Middle Fork and they were perfect. I highly recommend!
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+1 for NRS Helix. We've switched our fleet to them and everyone is happy, especially last year when everything was extremely low.
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+1 for NRS Helix. We've switched our fleet to them and everyone is happy, especially last year when everything was extremely low.
What did you Switch From?
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What did you Switch From?
Cataract and Carlisle square cut.
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