Hey I'm just looking for an upgrade oar for my Pac 1100 down the line. Maybe not tommorrow but sometime in the next 6 monthes perhaps. I've heard the Cataract Mini-Magnums are supposed to be pretty darn good. I'd get the 7.5' ones obviously as that would be a slight upgrade over my stock Outcast 7' oars. Anyways, a few questions. 1) Do you have these? What do you think of 'em? How much of a difference do they make over stock or standard oars like the Outcast oars? 2) I've heard it's no problem to put oar rites (or blade rites, whatever you call them) over top of the rope rap. Have you done this and has it been a problem? 3) Are there any other products as good or better in the 1 1/4 to 1 3/8" shaft in 7.5' comparable to the Cataract Mini-Mags? 4) Can you replace just the blade if something happens to it? I know with the Outcast oars if you snap a blade the whole oar is toast. 5) Has anyone tried the Cobra Oar locks? They're supposed to be made of a really good alloy and supposedly the design allows increased blade angle compared to most standard oar locks. They advertise being made out of a really strong Bronze Alloy or something along those lines. Thanks.