Pin and Clips vs. Open Oar Locks: Oar Sizing Information

While oar length is largely a matter of personal preference, we can help you wade through some of the specifications you should consider.

Important specifications include boat type and size, gear and passenger load, water classification, skill, and your preferences as the oarsperson. Call us and we'll help you choose the oar that's right for you. You may want to consider oar extensions to make your overall package more flexible. Please note that oar length is measured with the blade on.

Frame Width
Recommended Minimum Length
48"
7'
54"
7.5'
60"
8 '- 9'
66"
9' - 10'
72"
10'

Open Oarlocks vs. Pins & Clips


NRS Open Oarlocks
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NRS Pins & Clips

Pros vs. Cons
of Open Oarlocks


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Pros vs. Cons
of Pins & Clips


Pros:

  • Oars slide easily up and back down the oarlock when pulling oar in to avoid obstacles.
  • Easy to re-position mid-rapid if "popped out" of oarlock.
  • Ability to feather blade (when not using oar rights).

Pros:

  • Holds oar and blade very securely.
  • Less expensive
  • Hard to lose oar if oar stirrup is used.
  • Quiet System

Cons:

  • More expensive.
  • Oar can be completely released from oarlock if enough force is applied.
  • Has more "play" which can be noisy.

Cons:

  • Oars can be difficult to pull in when approaching obstacles.
  • Hose clamps can damage oar shaft.
  • Feathering blade is not possible.