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The blade for your heavy-duty shaft.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These blades are the standard go to for a reason. They are bomber and cost effective. Until I have a real job and can afford fancy carbon oars these will be the go to.
If you like this blade...
If you like this blade you'll love carlisle's guide stick.
My wife on Moab daily
Durable and economical
Used these blades when working for a commercial outfitter on the Colorado. These are pretty big blades that give you a lot of purchase (may be a little rough on your body if not conditioned). There were pretty durable but a couple guides I worked with had a couple shark bites in their blades (usually from rigging and derigging). I never saw a blade break but saw a few bent oar shafts. Economical and if you break a blade or bend an oar these are replaceable/detachable. There are nicer stuff out there but not at this price.
Do ;you have 8 1/2 foot with the blade in...
Do ;you have 8 1/2 foot with the blade in the Carlile Oar? I heard Carlile went out of business, I run a beach in NJ and always used Carlie's and can't find them. We row fiberglass Asay's.
They just have what is available in their drop down menu. 6.5 and 8