Mini Mags or SSTs?

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  1. SaltyCutt

    SaltyCutt Beach Bum

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    After using the garbage oars that came with my NFO Assault XX and getting stranded on a bar in the first rapid I backed out of when one of them buckled, I knew I had to upgrade. I am not a huge fan of drilling oars, or the fixed pins, so I'm throwing a rowing frame on the raft.

    It seems the two options out there are Cataracts MiniMags and Sawyers SSTs. Anybody have any pros or cons with either? I think they're about the same price.
    Cheers,
    Steve
     
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    If you go with a bigger oar lock, i have some 8.5 ft cataracts with 7" blades you can try on for size. I will let ya use the oarlocks to if you want to see how they work before you buy anything.
    I could use two dustpans when on a lake......I am not a fan of cheap weak oars when on a river.
     
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    Years ago i was taking a guy into an alpine lake. He forgot his oars, we stopped at an Ace hardware and he purchased 2 dustpans. It was a show, but he made it work.
     
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    I know someone who used to row his backpacking raft with ping-pong paddles.
     
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    Any pictures of your set up, rowing frame, etc? Do you plan on moving more people and/or gear with it? Or just mostly single man?
     
  7. SaltyCutt

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    I might take you on that offer Peyton, and at this point mainly setting it up as a one man gig. I haven't bought the frame yet, wanted to build one, but time just isn't what I have right now. It looks like I'm gong to have NRS trim down one of their Longhorn frames for the raft.
     
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    Jim Wheeler Full time single dad and pram builder

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    Bruce Bergstrom and I developed the SST and it is......WAS the best oar out there. Now, with Bruce gone? Not so sure. Getting them might be an issue as Sawyer is having some difficulties. So, if you can get them, SST's, if not? Mini Mags are a good but a little distant second choice.

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    Good to know, thanks Jim
     
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    They are yours whenever you need them.
     
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    Fixed!!!!
     
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    Ping pong paddles.
     
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    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Just bought a pair for my pack raft. They are even lighter than the badminton paddles I modified last year. Plus, more importantly, they match the color of my raft! :)

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    I had no idea I'd be shopping for paddles at the play it again sports shop! Thanks everybody
     
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    Either one will be a BIG improvement over the aluminum oars sold with package deals by the big box boat companies. There is a loyal following that like Sawyers and another group that prefer Cataract, not unlike the Ford-Chevy-Dodge-Toyota debate. I have used both and like the Mini Mags for rivers.

    I think I posted this before but my specific reasons are I like the push button release over the screw release, I like the slightly larger diameter shaft, and I like the blade design better for pushing and pulling against the current.
     
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