when do you want 8.5' oars? seems kind of long for such a small boat. maybe for big water? I would think a lot of colorado boating (or on the ark) is kinda technical and tight to want the extra length.I don't run my 8 foot Cataracts counterbalanced on my Mini Max and have no complaints...other than occasionally wishing for 8.5s
P.Naught, I spend most of my Colorado Boating in Utah...I would want the longer oars, at times ,because I chose a frame with a lot of outward cant to the oar rights and I like to run my oars very close in the middle. I would prefer them almost touching in the middlewhen do you want 8.5' oars? seems kind of long for such a small boat. maybe for big water? I would think a lot of colorado boating (or on the ark) is kinda technical and tight to want the extra length.
Thanks for the replies everyone.
Which cataract blades did you have?How come no one is talking about lightening up the blade end. I run 9.5 cataracts on my 16 foot cat. (I sit a little high and am 6'4") I could not believe the difference when I got rid of the standard cataract blades because I got a screaming deal on four Dynalite wides on the MB classifieds. The oars feel totally different. Lighter for sure but there is something else going on. The thinner blades seem to enter and leave the water with much less effort. They also seem to have much more bite. Expensive, yes, but like someone said earlier on this thread "cheap rubber, good oars". Plus they are tough as nails. Ask anyone who runs them if they would go back to what they were running before and the answer will be, nope no way. If you can afford the cost I highly recommend them.