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Old 07-11-2013   #1
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Smoker Whitewater Oars?

Anyone have anything good, bad or indifferent to say about the Smoker Whitewater Oar?

This one: SMOKER WHITEWATER OAR

I have been rowing standard Carlisle oars for nearly a decade and am seriously looking at moving to wood oars. I've never rowed with wood oars but hear great things from folks who do use them.

Any feedback or opinions would be great.

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I used them when I guided on the Tuolumne pushing a 16' gear boat. I loved them. They're heavy but I never had a problem with the extra weight. A fellow guide broke one which led me to believe they might not be as strong as oars with a fiberglass shaft but I could be wrong about that. They do flex a lot and it felt to me if pushed too far they could snap. We use to row with open oar locks, right on the rope wrap, no resting on the rubber donut... pretty pure feel to that style with the wood and all.
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Love 'em.
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Excellent oars. Worth it. I have a set from 1996 and they're still straight and strong. Use wood and you won't go back.
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Excellent oars. Worth it. I have a set from 1996 and they're still straight and strong. Use wood and you won't go back.

I've been rocking wood (Doug Fir) oars for the past 11 seasons. Never had any reason to go to anything else.

They'll get some dings, but IMHO look cool with age. Sand them down and give them a recoat with a few layers of a good spar varnish every 3-4 years.
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I have the whitewater smokers and like them but would get the drifter cut if I get new ones. The whitewater cut have essentially no flex.
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I am another fan of wood. Not Smokers but mine are solid ash and super-strong. They also bend really far before breaking.
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Yes, the drifters have a bit more flex and are a bit lighter at the lock too. If you lay a whitewater and drifter side by side, however, they are pretty much identical down to the throat, but the blade on the drifter is thinner/lighter. Plenty strong though. I've never broken one.
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I like how you can drop your wood oars (to highside) and they float. Makes it nice when you get back in your seat and they're right where you left them!
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Sawyer in Talent OR produces Smoker and Sawyer solid ash,laminated fir, hybrid oars. Great equipment. Great feel and durability, mine are 20+ years old ...... There service has been outstanding as well .......
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