The shaft of an oar receives a lot of attention at Croker Oars. We invest many hours into designing, developing, and trialling our products and believe our range of sweep oars give every rower an opportunity to match their skill level with the desired feel on the water.
Before leaving the factory every shaft is deflected, weighed and matched to its identical to give the best quality pair of oars possible. We are only too happy to discuss your abilities and offer shaft, blade and handle suggestions to best suit you or your crew.
Which flex is for you?
Soft shafts are ideal for juniors, women at all levels, and masters men. Soft flex shafts are also a popular choice for elite openweight women racing the single scull or small team boats.The soft shafts are well matched to scullers with 2000m erg scores slower than 7:00, water times in the 1x around 7:45 or slower for 2000m, or for those who desire a slightly more forgiving feel at the catch. Soft shafts are also recommended for rowers with a history of recurrent injuries. Soft shafts may also be a reasonable selection for rowers lighter than 65kg.
Regular shafts are ideal for senior and elite men in all boat classes, as well as world-class elite women in team boats. The recommended 2000m erg score is 6:45 or faster. The appropriate 2000m water time in ideal conditions is 7:30 and faster. Rowers or crews not meeting this threshold may encounter rigging and comfort challenges and may be more effectively served with softer shafts. Regular shafts are also recommended for rowers heavier than 90kg with no history of injuries.
ARROW M47 Series
Small diameter shafts
M47 Arrows are made using high modulus carbon, recently used in the America’s Cup boats. These shafts use multiple layers of thin carbon plies at various angles, to achieve a balance of strength, stiffness, torsional stiffness and are very light weight. These thin shafts have less aerodynamic drag than normal shafts and because they weigh less have less rotational inertia. Designed for world class, elite level and highly competitive crews who seek an uncompromising rowing oar. The M47 represents the ultimate tool for propulsion on the water.
ARROW M49 Series
Small diameter shafts
The new M49 Arrow has similar features as the M47, with a thin diameter shaft made from multiple layers of thin carbon, but with enhanced durability, as well as the latest Arrow blade. The M49 is slightly heavier than the M47, but still delivers a high performance racing feel for elite level and highly competitive crews.
These full carbon shafts are made using various layers of standard modulus carbon and are standard in their diameter. They achieve a balance of maximum strength and minimum weight. The M4 shafts exhibit crisper catches and allow higher rating than our elite level M2 models.
M2 shafts are made from uni-directional carbon and woven. They achieve good strength with light weight. Designed for crews in eights, fours, and pairs, particularly women and veterans, and other crews at all levels below elite. The lightweight feel and elite performance of these oars is superior to that of heavier oars in common club circulation.
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