OK, I don't want to start another debate on which blades/oars/balance type is better. I am just curious to hear actual, first hand reports of Dynalite blade failures.
Quick backstory: I've had a pair for 5 years and love 'em. I got them because in the good 'ol days I just resigned myself to buying at least one (maybe two) new carlisle blades to replace those that failed over the summer. Mind you I wouldn't replace them until the whole tip was gone or a major portion of a side. I've still got a few I use on my spares that I still consider "functional" (the attached photo shows the better of the two).
I had tried a pair of cat magnums and one of them failed after a summer, so when stumbled on to the dynalites, I swallowed hard and bought a pair... fastforward 5 years (to last week): I picked up a couple new 10' MX's from Sawyers closeout and was planning on simply putting sawyer duramax (or polecat, or whatever their called) plastic blades on my old oars as spares. In the process of veryfying my opinion that they are the best low cost blade out their (given past failures) I ran into a couple folks here on the Buzz implying that Dynalite's are weak sauce and break alot. Since my plan is to use my dynalites on my new oars this new found set of opinions caused me no little greif and since my experience differs drastically from this concept I researched it somemore. What I found on the buzz was several people that repeatedly site a friend that broke two new blades, one first hand reference about breaking blades and lot's of "I've heard they break". One guy even stated that he thought the ratio of people with problems was 10 to 1 over folks that didn't...maybe it was like to dislike, I don't remember but it still wasn't on par with what my experience indicates.
I know of at least 10 budies running dynalites now and of these 22 blades (including mine) I have not heard of one problem, not a crack, chip or break. all but two of these folks are fishing guides and are on the sticks 100+ days a year, in shallow, boney, fast rivers. I've talked with lots of folks over the last few years about the shoal cut shape, at least a couple dozen folks at boat ramps but in that I still have not heard one single solitary failure, other than here on the Buzz.
Sooo, I would like to hear any and all first-hand accounts
of Dynalite failures. I'm leaning towards the bad press being a few folks refering to the same stories but could certainly be wrong. I really don't want theoretical opinions I only want to know what you've seen with your own eyes...
What do you all think?
...and yes I'm bored, waiting for snow to accumlate to ski on, then melt, then float on and this is way more interesting than work right now!