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Review of MK1 Oarlocks
I used to use Concept 2 sculling gates and tried MK1 for four outings each of around 12 km.
First impressions were it makes a quite a loud sound when squaring – which is good as it makes you aware of which point in the stroke you are fully square by. I also like the opening / closing mechanism and found it easier than on conventional gates.
The first outing made me slightly worried as I’d also changed my heights and the river was flowing a lot faster than normal. I was unsure of how much the blade would be locked square, and therefore worried about partially squaring to hold up the boat when moving away from the landing stage.
However I was absolutely fine – the only real issue I had was that it was harder to push my blade back out into my gate after drawing it across my boat to push-out from the landing stage.
Unfortunately I did not do any testing. However, doing drills (front stops tapping, various slides lengths with square blades) seemed easier than normal & there was more stability when sitting at front-stops, even with a fairly strong stream.
I liked the gates and therefore decided to keep them.