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Old 08-22-2017   #1
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Cataract Floating Blade experience/opinions?

I have Sawyer Polecats (rope wrap counterbalanced) with the basic Duramax blade got a "chunk" cracked out via a rock hit, my spare has a blade that is slightly bent (not too concerned re backup) ...anyway thinking about new blades at sale time, Dynalite if I could afford em....I was talking with the owner of one of the flyshops (I mostly fish/float and the Eagle in Colorado with is quite rock "gardeny" ....he really likes the floating Cataract blades for fishing (which fit the Polecats but a couple inches shorter) for the floating factor but says they have been very durable in his guide any experience with the Cataract Floating Blades/opinions...chime in please, thanks, Chet

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Old 08-22-2017   #2
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I bought mine around 1990, although I haven't used them much the last 10 years. Durable - yes. Float - yes. That said, I prefer the Cataract razors and I would probably like the Sawyer Dynalites as well.
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Old 08-22-2017   #3
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I beat my cataract magnum blades up last week on the middlefork. Surprisingly I brought them all home in 1 piece. I had a couple times when an oar was pulled out of an oar lock but no blades were broken. Other members of our group damaged blades but none were cataract blades. I like the "float" of them too since I don't like the counterbalanced shafts.
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Old 08-22-2017   #4
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Magnums are bomber. I did a low water Selway, and my blades took some abuse.
The most amazed I was is when the Magnum blade on my spare oar hung on a rock during a substantial squeeze / drop. I looked over to see the blade flexing - A LOT - then rebounding as I came off the rock. Carlisle would likely have bent, and stayed that way, but the Cataract Magnum was unaffected. Truly the most durable blade I have used.

I love rowing the Razors, but have seen one break quite easily when a guy was not paying attention to his downstream oar. Combine that with the higher price, and you have to be judicious on where to use Razors. Never hesitate to use Magnums.
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Old 08-22-2017   #5
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+1 on the durability of Magnums, mine have been beat on pretty hard, on and off the water, and aside from scratches, they don't have any visible issues.
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Old 08-23-2017   #6
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They are tougher than reinforced woodpecker lips.
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Old 08-24-2017   #7
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Personally I use Sawyer Dynelite XD's and they have been ballistic and have survived 7 commercial seasons of abuse as well as countless private trips without any type of maintenance, they just don't float....and the standard Dynelite blades don't float either. If you are fishing and having a floating blade is the feature you desire, absolutely nothing wrong with the the cataract blades and they don't have the price tag associated with them that the Dynelites have. From a rowing perspective, I would tell you (having used all the above) the Dynelites will give you better performance.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. No matter what, you will be out on the water and that is what matters, right?

Ps-I can tend to be a little biased towards Sawyer as I work for Sawyer, but absolutely Cataract makes quality stuff.
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Old 08-25-2017   #8
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I love mine, even though I have had to retire a few due to shark bites. When they break, it is usually in the form of a chunk breaking off which sorta looks like something bit it. I also have one that cracked all the way around, so I retired it. But I love love love their float!

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Old 08-27-2017   #9
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They break in cold conditions and catarac would not replace mine. Purchased them at whitewater west in Grand Junction on the way to an early MF Salmon trip. Both were cracked where the blade joined the blade shaft--one trip. Catarac said sorry, but thanks for your $. Expensive trip--still have them in the garage for story telling.
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