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I run 10 1/2' for big water and 10' for more technical or skinnier stuff. Its a preference thing but both sizes will get the 16' down the river just fine. The general rule rule is 1/3 in the boat and 2/3 out. it usually leaves you somewhere between so that is where the preference comes in.

Now someone can post and tell you to use the search which will turn up a thousand threads posting the same question.
 

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I use 10 footers with a 69" frame, center to center, and 10" towers. I tried 10' 6" but the 10 footers work better for me.
 

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72" NRS frame, 8" towers, 10' cataracts. They don't need counter balancing. It is a good feeling set up and I can put plenty of power into the water with it.

If you want to rock pins 'n clips go for it. Oar Rights are just training wheels though so you'll need to man up and ditch them if you're gonna run open locks;)
 

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It seems to me that the longer and heavier the oar the nicer counter balancing can be. The fat 11' Sawyers they all seem to give out among Grand Canyon outfitters are very nice counter balanced.

What I think are hilarious are the huge slugs of iron they make to counter balance--that is not a good system. I pulled a 9' Cataract out of a pool on an ELF float this summer. That damned weight pulled it straight to the bottom. And on a 9" fiberglass oar they are not even remotely necessary.

But to each their own.
 

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It seems to me that the longer and heavier the oar the nicer counter balancing can be. The fat 11' Sawyers they all seem to give out among Grand Canyon outfitters are very nice counter balanced.

What I think are hilarious are the huge slugs of iron they make to counter balance--that is not a good system. I pulled a 9' Cataract out of a pool on an ELF float this summer. That damned weight pulled it straight to the bottom. And on a 9" fiberglass oar they are not even remotely necessary.

But to each their own.
Agree and ironic timing since I'm setting up my 9' oars for a 12.5' cat in the garage right now and am not going with counterbalancing with them, don't need it.
 

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I have an 18 cat with 26.5 tubes. Run 11' cataract sgx with 10" towers on a 72" nrs frame. No counterbalance needed although maybe 2# each oar could be nice. Originally 10' oars were a bit short but my towers ride up a lot higher off the water than most 16' rafts

I'm using the new nrs towers with the bushing and pro lok oarlocks and am very happy with how fluid everything is.

Try borrowing a set of oars before you commit
 
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