Originally Posted by ob1coby
Out of the ones you mentioned the only ones I have used are cobras but I admit I've been interested in trying pins and clips. They are out of style and no longer trendy so I think people don't look at them as seriously as they should but I really like the idea of them. Especially the fact that the oars stay in place during a flip.
That can be a good thing and a bad thing. We had a near flip on an eddy line on my last Grand Trip that bent an oar because the pins and clips held it in as the boat went up on its side. If it was a fiberglass one it probably would have cracked the oar.
I have a Grand trip at the end of this month and I'm definitely switching to Oarlocks from the Pins and Clips I've been using. They are great for knowing 100% where your oar is, but they are more complex to and have more points of failure, if you do have one pop its a lot harder to get back on the pin, and you can't ship your oars easily.
I like being able to feather when I want, so I got a set of the convertible oar rights. Flip them one way when you want to feather, flip them the other when you want the security of knowing where 90 degrees to the water is.
I considered the Pro-Locks, but there are compromises I didn't really want to make. I've thought about making something similar myself since I have the tools, but haven't gotten down to putting pencil to paper to design it or tools to material to make it yet.