Cataract Oars SGG Oar (Counterbalance and Rope Wrap)
Cataract OarsSGG Oar (Counterbalance and Rope Wrap)

Some boaters will tell you that composite has no business in the world of oars. Most of those people have never experienced the Cataract SGG Oar though, because this whitewater, raft, and drift-boat beauty was designed to flex like wood and rebound like carbon. This oar also includes a protective rope wrap around the shaft and a counterbalanced handle for easy piloting. Light, powerful, and responsive, the SGG is Cataract's most popular oar for good reason.

  • Composite shaft is made of clear, toughened urethane with a glossy finish
  • Shaft rope wrap protects the shaft from dings, dents, and rubbing and quiets the oar when it makes contact with the boat or oarlock
  • Counterbalanced handle provides a comfortable, slip-free grip and includes a weighted, internal sleeve to help balance the weight of the oar outside the oarlock
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Nice and stiff, good balance

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The counterweights make these oars kind of a pain to load and haul, but they are worth it once you get them in the locks. The shafts don't have much flex and the grips are great. All and all, a great oar.

Joe Hutch Canyon, Deso

Joe Hutch Canyon, Deso

I have used these a few times.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I rowed for a bit on a trip we did down the lower Salmon. I have used the Carlisle Heavy Duty oars commercially for a few years. I felt that these were a little lighter in the hand than the Carlisles but more noticeably, they did not flex and bounce as much. These felt more efficient, but at almost twice the price I would probably stick with the Carlisles or save up for some nice Sawyers.



Just my two cents