Anybody using Pro-Loks?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Jake Dixon, May 31, 2013.

  1. Jake Dixon

    Jake Dixon Member

    I'd be curious to hear your impressions. I am currently using Cobra oarlocks on my raft. These look like they'd solve the issue of popping an oar out in heavier water and at inopportune times.

  2. Jake Dixon

    Jake Dixon Member

    As a follow-up to this post, I ended up buying a set of Pro-Loks and using them on a September trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Absolutely loved 'em. I had used convertible oar rights with Cobra oar locks for a long time and won't be going back. I ended up rowing a boat with Cobras/oar rights for half a day on the trip and the difference in friction was remarkable.

    My only complaint is the wear on the oar shaft (I use Cataracts SGG oars), which I think I can solve with a bit of Gluvit. That will be a winter project for me.

    Since I split my rowing time between fishing and whitewater, I bought a set with heavier water in mind (recessed hose clamp to reduce possible lacerations, nylon cord versus wire to reduce accidental garroting, greater tension on the set screws). I think he still makes the one pictured above for milder water.

    There is a comprehensive post over on MountainBuzz ( with many folks weighing in.
  3. Christian Brewer

    Christian Brewer Super Slacker

    I've talked to a few guys using them over the last year...they seem to like them a lot. No one mentioned any worries about damage to their oar shafts.