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Old 12-10-2019   #1
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Sawyer V-lams

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?


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Old 12-10-2019   #2
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I the smoker ww blades are all we use.
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Old 12-10-2019   #3
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I got the V-Lam Blades for my Polecats last summer and really like the way they move through the water and are lighter than the DyneLite. I only did a desert flat water trip so did not really get to test durability or bigger water. Oh, they also look pretty nice also.
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Old 12-11-2019   #4
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I have the vlam on MX shafts in my 16 footer, they sure do copy the feel of wood closely, love the way they bite. Can't speak to durability, only have 15 ot so trips on them and one grand, but so far so good. Can't see that being an issue with a Sawyer product though
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