Originally Posted by Electric-Mayhem
Ok...so the main reason I started this thread is I'm curious about the breakdown oars since I think those would be key to a flyable setup, but I'll also want to use them for local runs as well.. I'm partial to Sawyer
Any input is appreciated.
I hae a set of 2 piece 10 foot, and they are great. I only rowed with them once to see how they felt, really couldn't tell the difference from those and my MX-FG's, they seem to flex the same, and the Tightset system works as well in the middle of the shaft as it does holding the blade in. I don't like the Dynalite blades compared to the ash/fir blades, likely as I'm an old fart stuck in my ways.
To me, nothing has the bite and feel of wood in the water. I bought them as at the time, I was deflating and rolling everything, and wanted everything to fit in the back of a pickup with a shell I could lock. Now I trailer everything so breakdown is no longer an issue, they are my spares on one of my rigs.
IMHO spend the extra $15.00 for the counterbalance option, it's no longer a 4lb (but they will make a 4lb if you like), is 2LB now, much better for the shorter oar length you desire. Call them as opposed to ordering over the interweb, you might get a discount on a slow selling color or something like that, I've gotten some deals over the phone in the past that I wouldn't have gotten by clicking.
At the end of the day, in MY opinion you simply can't get a better oar than what Sawyer makes unless you make your own wooden ones. I have a pile of cat shafts / Carlisle sitting in the barn rotting since I bit the bullet and went Sawyer.