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Cataract has been in the business of rafting and drift-boat accessories for years, but instead of focusing solely on the river, the designers turned thier eyes to the world of kick boats and pontoons when they created the Mini-Magnum. This strong, lightweight paddle uses a multi-component synthetic shaft and a teardrop-shaped blade to deliver tons of power without feeling unwieldy. Cataract even included its tightly braided rope-wrap around the shaft to quiet the shaft against the boat on fishing days and protect the shaft when you dig deep and paddle hard.
- Composite and rubber handle provides a secure, non-slip grip and feels comfortable so you'll have less grip fatigue
- Carbon, glass, and epoxy shaft delivers consistent power and a moderate-to-stiff flex
- Teardrop-shape Mini-Magnum blade features enough surface area to move you forward quickly, and the thin cross-section slices through the water
- Rope wrap around the shaft quiets the oar against the boat and protects the shaft
- Item #CTR0018
- Q & A
Mini Mag is a nice upgrade
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have a NFO X5 pontoon for fishing the Delaware river system. I've used the boat with the stock oars for several years. I've toyed with the idea of upgrading the oars. The river we fish has mild riff sections and long flat pools (some over a mile long) so we do a lot of rowing to locate pods of rising fish or to chase hatches. The blade design and the shaft flex made me think I'd be faster rowing out of dead water and use less effort to do so. I was right. I can row at 1/2 speed and go as fast or faster than if I were rowing full tilt with the stock oars. The blade design will also lend some nice help when facing a stiff upriver wind.
The shaft / grip / rope wrap all are as good or better than expected. I'd read a few reviews that the blades scratch / chip easily or that others were concerned with the plastic blade. The oar slipped out of the holders during transport on a very rough road. WInterdale Road looks like it was carpet bombed during Nam. The blades bounced and rubbed on the trailer frame from for 3.5 miles. Scuffed, scraped and sanded but no worries about being operable.
I'll give them a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason they don't get 5 is that they don't have a removable / replaceable blade like the Sawyer carbon fiber oars. Solid product, nice quality construction and if you have an inflatable fishing pontoon, this is something you may want to consider buying. You won't regret spending the extra $$ next time your rowing for hours or into the wind.