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Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

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As lightweight, strong and durable as any Cataract® Oar, the Mini Magnum was designed specifically for kick boat and pontoon boat enthusiasts who refuse to compromise their rowing power.
  • The Mini Magnum utilizes the same carbon/glass/epoxy material as Cataract's larger oars for an unparralelled strength-to-weight ratio and a great feel.
  • Powerful teardrop blade design maximizes every stroke.
  • Smaller oars for smaller boats don't have to feel like toys! You'll love the sturdy, high-tech construction of the Cataract Mini magnum.
Size includes handle and blade.
Oars sold individually
Weight: 7' = 3.4 lbs
Shaft Lengths:
  • 7' = 44" and 43.5"
  • 7.5' = 47" and 46.5"
Shaft Material: Glass/carbon/epoxy composite
Shaft Diameter: 1 3/8"
Blade Material: High-density polyurethane with a composite core
Blade Size: 7" W  x 19.5" L
Features:
  • 2 piece oar
  • Mini Magnum was designed specifically for kick boat and pontoon boat enthusiasts
  • Powerful teardrop blade design maximizes every stroke

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Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar
 
4.3

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable shaft (3)
  • Good control (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Day trip (6)
  • Rapids paddling (4)
  • Rivers (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

not bad

I wrote an earlier review about the cheap plastic blades. And yes, the blades do chip and scratch up quickly. But, these oars are hard to beat in price and performance on the...Read complete review

I wrote an earlier review about the cheap plastic blades. And yes, the blades do chip and scratch up quickly. But, these oars are hard to beat in price and performance on the water...The oars are lightweight, have good shafts, and easy to transport. Good grips too. Recently purchased an second pair.

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Cheap Blades, Good Shaft

The oars are built with cheap plastic blades. The blades show scratches and wear very quickly. After one use (3 hours on the river) I noticed multiple scratches on the blades, which...Read complete review

The oars are built with cheap plastic blades. The blades show scratches and wear very quickly. After one use (3 hours on the river) I noticed multiple scratches on the blades, which make them look old. I will have to be very careful not to break or crack the blades.

The shafts on the other hand are top-notch Cataract quality with good flex and strength. The shafts will outlast the blades for sure.

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5.0

Great set of oars for pontoon

By Les Stiles (Salmo T)

from Bend, OR

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Shaft
  • Good Control
  • Minimizes Fatigue

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Advanced Paddling Techniques
    • Day Trips
    • River Running

    Comments about Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar:

    Great set of oars for pontoon boat ( 9 ft ) and running rivers. THE ONLY WAY TO GO!!! Thank you NRS for the great service and support. Two days from order to receiving them in Bend, OR. Love your store and will be back. Great people.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    More than expected

    By Swims_with_canoes

    from S.E. TN

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Shaft

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • River Running
      • Touring

      Comments about Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar:

      I have fitted the mini-mags on my NRS custom rowing frame for my Aire Traveler canoe/raft. They are working well on flat water so far. NRS small molded sleeves fit well on the shafts and were not that hard to install. Fitted with a pair of OarRights they are protecting the mini-mag shafts very well from wear at the oar locks. We'll see how well this set up works on moving water when the weather imrpoves.

      Service and delivery comments:

      As ususal NRS and UPS delievered all this stuff quickly, on time and as promised.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Power

      By Butters

      from Hailey Id

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable Shaft
      • Good Control
      • Has good power in stroke
      • Reduces Flutter

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar:

          Product was more than i expected. Thanks Cataract

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          greatest oars around!

          By twinn fish

          from thousand oaks, ca.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar:

              These are the greatest oars for float pontoon boats, very sturdy, probally doubled my speed on the water. when it gets windy these work great to get you back with less effort. A+++++

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              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great product

              By Annie

              from Harstine Isl. Wa

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar:

                  these are used on a single man BUCKS BAGS PONTOON as a replacement for the original ores.

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                  • No

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                  • Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

                    Q:

                    outcast 9 ft pontoon with open oarlocks.do i need sleeve for protection of oar shaft and which one fits the minimag
                    Asked on 6/21/2015 by homer from canada

                    2 answers

                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Yes, and the stops as well. Paul H

                      Answered on 6/23/2015 by Anonymous
                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Sleeves are always good to protect your oars in their oarlocks and The NRS Small Molded Oar Sleeve are going to be the best fit for these oars.

                      Answered on 6/22/2015 by Kyle from NRS
                  • Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

                    Q:

                    Can I purchase an extender for this oar? I went through blossom bar under the boat last October and need more power in my stroke. My option is to re shaft my boat for a regular sized oar
                    Asked on 2/23/2015 by Eric from Oregon

                    3 answers

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Eric, we checked with Cataract and extenders for the Mini Mag is not an option. Please contact us for help in getting you set up with proper oars for your boat, 800.635.5202 or service@nrs.com.

                      Answered on 2/23/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Sorry, but I do not know, however, I had no problems with these through Blossom Bar, but with only a 12.5 ft long 68 inch wide fishing frame cataraft. If you are much wider than the regular sized oar is probably the way to go. I would go on to the Cataract website to check on the extenders.

                      Answered on 2/23/2015 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      On the mini mag oars i wouldn't run an extender if they even make one. You
                      need to move up in shaft diameter if you are looking to add length/power to
                      the row stroke. The mini mags would be way to weak with multiple
                      connections + the added length. Also, what type of rig are you in? I
                      would think anything that is able to run blossom bar would need something
                      much bigger than a mini mag oar setup.

                      Answered on 2/23/2015 by Rj from Cumming, GA
                  • Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

                    Q:

                    I have a 10 Outlaw Rampage Frameless.

                    60" wide but sit lower than a framed pontoon.

                    I was thinking 7' oars would be best. Are 7.5 overkill?
                    Asked on 1/18/2015 by marty from Hackettstown nj

                    6 answers

                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Yes, the 7.5's are too long. I have the same boat, bought the 7.5's, and
                      had to send them back. I went with 6.5ft oars and they are still a tad long
                      but workable. Keep in mind that the stock oars are only 5.5ft...

                      Answered on 1/19/2015 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I have a 12 foot outlaw challenger. I purchased the 7' oars that I use with the frame( frame has oar locks), its plenty of oar with two people in the boat. I use the 6' oars when running frameless. If you drilled a hole in them to be able to pin them onto your boat your going to want to reinforce the area around the hole. ( maybe you already have a plan for that).

                      Answered on 1/18/2015 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I have a 9' low profile pontoon and have tried three different sets of
                      oars. My favorite is still the 7' Cataracts which seemed like overkill when
                      I bought them but have been awesome , including helping me survive a nasty
                      Class III on the Grande Ronde. They not only made it through but the fact
                      that they float is definitely another advantage. They have plenty of
                      length. I don't think the 7.5's would add anything. Paul Hart

                      Answered on 1/18/2015 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I have the Outlaw Assault (8' X 48") and use a pair of 6' oars without problem. No issues with maneuverability or working into the wind on the local lake. Think 7' would be plenty for your boat.
                      Jim

                      Answered on 1/18/2015 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Perhaps so. I own an Outlaw Challenger and use it with the frame. I had previously upgraded from standard aluminum oars to composite (see first picture). They still weren’t long enough (6.5 feet) so I bought the NRS oars and they’re perfect. However, I’ve put counterweights on them to balance them. Makes a world of difference.
                      I think the 7.5-foot oars might be a bit much for your boat. Mine is 12 feet long and has 18-inch pontoons, so I sit up pretty high and need the long hours for better reach and leverage (second pict).
                      One of the beauties of your boat is it’s so lightweight and simple to use. The NRS 7.5-foot oars are pretty heavy.
                      Not meaning to discourage a purchase of the NRS oars, if you’re interested in my Scadden composite oars, let me know.
                      David
                      PREVIOUS COMPOSITE OARS
                      NRS OARS

                      Answered on 1/18/2015 by oldyfirefighter from Blaine, WA
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Marty, oar length is best figured from the distance between oarlocks. This article goes into some of the considerations - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/oarlength.asp - Looking at photos of the Rampage, while the craft is 60" wide the locks are inside that width. If you have the boat measuring that distance will help you decide. If you don't, contact the dealer and get their recommendation.

                      Answered on 1/19/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                  • Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

                    Q:

                    I was wondering what size Cataract 2-Pierce Mini Mag Oars I would special order for my 9ft Osprey fishing pontoon boat? The 7' or 7.5' ft?

                    Or any other suggestions for your oar products for a 9ft fishing pontoon boat.

                    Mark Fako
                    Assistant Manager
                    West Marine
                    Portland, OR
                    mcfarkus@gmail.com
                    cell:503-830-7172
                    work:503-289-1154
                    Asked on 7/11/2014 by Mark Fako from Manager at West Marine, Portland, OR

                    5 answers

                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Hi Mark,
                      YES, I can give one perspective. I purchased 7.5 mini-mag’s from NRS last year and they were clearly the right choice for my 9ft Outcast pontoon. I have used 7’s for a number of years on the 8ft pontoon and was worried if they would work well on the 9. WHAT A GREAT DIFFERENCE!!!!
                      Two weeks I was in heavy wind at Grindstone Lake in Central Oregon on a big body of water—I was more than able to move well and with much less work than if I had used the 7’s.
                      When I was wrapping the oars after purchase and put them in the oar locks in the garage I thought maybe it was mistake—they do stick out a bit—but after using them multiple times I would have no reservations about running Trout Creek rapids on the lower D or on any body of water. I live in Bend, OR and spend a lot of time on the D and many big lakes—would never go back to 7’s for the 9 footer.
                      THEY ARE GREAT!!!
                      Les Stiles
                      Bend, OR

                      Answered on 7/11/2014 by Les Stiles (Salmo T) from Bend, OR
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I would go with the 7' oars and you will be fine.

                      Answered on 7/14/2014 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      The 7 ' oar would be a good fit for your boat.

                      Answered on 7/12/2014 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Mark,
                      I ordered my 7.5 foot oars for a 13 ft Scadden McKenzie Drifter pontoon boat. Oar length is dependent on the oar lock to oar lock distance, mine is 56 inches, and how high you sit in relation to the oar locks. Most fishing frames sit low like mine. Check your width and if comparable, 7.5 feet, if less, go with the 7 foot oars (which work on my boat as well). Hope that helps.
                      Jim
                      Sent from my iPad

                      Answered on 7/11/2014 by Anonymous
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      The 7' will work wonderfully. They will give you a narrower profile for tight spaces,yet deliver excellent power when necessary. I use them on my 13' 2 person pontoon, and have yet to encounter a situation where I felt they were inadequate. Hope this helps.
                      Best-S.
                      Sent from my iPad

                      Answered on 7/11/2014 by Anonymous
                  • Cataract 2-Piece Mini Mag Oar

                    Q:

                    Will the Mini Mag Oar's integrity be maintained if it's drilled for a pin type oar mount?
                    Asked on 8/28/2012 by Steve from Portland OR

                    5 answers

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      This is definitely not recommended. It would weaken the oar shaft.

                      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Clyde from NRS
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I shortened my paddles, redrilled the holes they still work great.

                      Answered on 8/28/2012 by twinn fish from thousand oaks, ca.
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      No it is not drilled for pin type ore mount. These ores require a common
                      ore lock.

                      Answered on 8/30/2012 by Annie from Harstine Isl. Wa
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      Hi Steve,
                      If you drill holes in the shaft, the durability will definitely be compromised.
                      But if you keep the holes small, it might work for your application.
                      The shafts are hollow and made of carbon fiber. The carbon fiber is very thin.
                      A lot of pin and clip style oar mounts used on larger oars have the clip fastened to the oar with a heavy duty hose clamp.
                      My oars have homemade oar stops, and at fastened to large 5/8" oar towers with snug fitting rope. It's ghetto, but I paid less than 12 dollars to mount my oars to my steel frame, so it works for a poor raft guide like me.
                      Marko

                      Answered on 8/30/2012 by Marko from Westfield, MA
                    • VERIFIED BUYER

                      A:

                      I would think that it would compromise the oar and make a weak spot but
                      can't say for sure. I use the yoke type oar lock.

                      Answered on 8/31/2012 by Ted from Alaska
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