The legendary SGG. Our best-selling oar. rowing-red-sgg-carbon-fiberglass-oar-shafts-from-cataract-oars

Like all Cataract Oars shafts, the SGG is filament wound from high-grade composite materials. In this case, from a specific fiberglass and carbon fiber blend that our engineers developed for its combination of toughness, flexibility and resilience. Designed to flex like wood at a fraction of wood's weight—and without the maintenance issues associated with wood—the SGG provides efficient transfer of your muscle energy into stroke power. Whether you're rowing a drift boat, a cataraft or a big raft, you'll feel the difference, especially in serious whitewater. These oars are practically indestructible, with more than twice the breaking strength of aluminum at only sixty percent of aluminum's weight. The Cataract Oars SGG oar is ideal for most water conditions, boat sizes and rowers. Perfect for drift-boating, rafting or shooting big whitewater. You've gotta experience this oar to believe it.Rowing red SGG composite oars on river rafting trip

Choosing the right SGG oar setup.

The SGG oar has a replaceable grip and features a glossy, low-maintenance urethane finish. We make it in seven different colors: black, blue, yellow, red, white, green and mocha. We offer it with or without a rope wrap. SGG's shaft diameter is 1 7/8" without the optional rope wrap and 2 1/4" with the rope wrap. Cataract Oars makes the SGG oar in six standard lengths (the following lengths represent the complete oar with handle and blade): 8', 8.5', 9', 9.5', 10' and 11'. If you wish for custom oar lengths, we can easily accomodate that wish. For handle options, you can choose between a rubber composite handle, an alder handle, a four-pound counterbalanced handle, or Cataract Oars' H2O interchangeable counterbalance handle system. Blade-wise, the SGG oar shaft can be paired with any of the four Cataract Oars blade offerings: the Magnum II, Razor, Cataract, or Cutthroat blade. The Cutthroat oar blade is the most recently developed of the Cataract Oars blade lineup, and features an asymmetric shape for great water displacement in shallow water conditions.

SGG oars are available in a two-piece configuration.

If you need your SGG oars in a compact size, consider paying the extra sixty bucks for the breakdown oar shaft option. It cuts the length of your oars in half. Literally. 


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  • Lengths

    Standard Lengths*







    Custom lengths available upon request

    *Note that our listed lengths reflect the complete length of the assembled oar. To estimate the length of the shaft, subtract 27" from the length given.

  • Blades

    The Cataract

    Cataract oar blade for Cataract Oars SGG SGX or X Wound composite oar shafts

    The Cataract, with tip protector

    Cataract oar blade with rubber tip protector for Cataract Oars SGG SGX or X Wound composite oar shafts

    The Magnum II

    cataract oars urethane magnum ii blade with composite core

    The Razor

    carbon fiber razor oar blade from cataract oars of salt lake city utah usa

    The CutthroatCutthroat oar blade for drift boat fishing and shallow water rowing made in the USA by Cataract Oars


  • Handles

    Rubber Composite Unweighted


    Rubber Composite Counterbalanced (4 lbs.)


    Wood (Alder)


    H2O Counterbalance System