I'm using Carlisle shafts and blades on my rafts, and I've noticed that this year alone I've bent 3 blades fairly significantly simply with the force of my rowing.
I'm talking about just a strong pull in fast moving water, or catching a blade in a wave. The oars are still in my hands and I end up with bent blades; I know that I am not that strong.
The blades were probably 8 years old, and had been only used sparingly for most of that time. Is this typical of the Carlisle blades? I know that they are cheap for a reason. But I don't really like the feel of bent blades and I can't afford new ones every time I need to make a strong move!
Anyone else had this issue? FWIW, the newer Carlisle blades I got to replace the bent ones have held up ok in the same conditions.
At some point I'll upgrade to better quality oars, but that is still a ways away from my next purchase priority. So, while I appreciate the ongoing discussion and dissection of the crappy quality of Carlisle oars/blades, I'd like to really know if you guys have had problems with bending blades, and if so, what did you do about it?