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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #21
Calgary, Alberta
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Originally Posted by Burl Haggard View Post
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!
I agree with this. Just had mine out on a 4 day trip on a shallow and technical river and I hit less rocks, but the rocks I did hit left no marks, so the durability seems good.

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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #22
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Glenwoody, Colorado
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Pulled the trigger on some shoal cuts last night

Thanks to all that gave feedback!

Now, anybody know how to get the handles out of Cataract oars?
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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #23
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I can vouch for Helix durability--smashed one of mine into a wall in Westwater at a fairly decent velocity while trying to rescue a swimmer from another boat. That impact would have exploded the previous blades I've used, but it just bent the tip of the Helix. Straightened the tip and its still on my boat as a spare. We were concerned about durability as well, but after the lack of water last season and numerous rock strikes, they're all fine.
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