Getting some new sticks for a new boat and looking for some advice. Now that they have been out a few years, what do folks think about the Sawyer V-lam blade?
I’m pretty sold out on 2-piece, all composite oars and blades. I really like being able to replace a single component instead of an entire oar. Also, I really like breaking down oars and locking them away, out of sight. I raft 50/50 fishing and whitewater, with many of those trips being multi days.
I’ve been using Sawyer MX shafts and dynelite blades for a long time now, and am considering getting V-lam blades with MX shafts.
Before MX and dynelites, I used to row 1-piece Sawyer non-square top ash oars with dynelite blades. Unfortunately I had one set stolen, and had another one break on the river. I did like the flex, but I just can’t go back to a wood shaft. Will I get any of that flex back with just a blade? I understand the dynelite blade has a wood core so is it really a whole lot more durable than the v-lam?