Gear Review

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Review Title

These are cheap and will take a lot of abuse, but are probably the worst feeling oars on the market. Cataract oars aren't all that much more money and are worlds better, without the hassles of wood oars.

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They are not "worlds better" IMHO. I've seen a few broken cataract shafts, but never a broken Carlisle. They can usually be straightened out. Besides being way more $ (they're pretty proud of them)
The Cataract shafts are also much more prone to wear (fiberglass slivers anyone?) Lighter? Yes. Feel Better? Not so sure, personal preference comes in here, once you get a feel for them Carlisles are the equal of any on the market, including Sawyer balanced ash oars.