Sweep Handles & Grips
We offer both adjustable length and fixed length oars and sculls. Adjustable length oars feature a composite handle that allows 5 cm of adjustment. Fixed length oars are available with either a wooden handle or a bonded composite handle.
Length Adjustment System
This system utilizes a bonded composite handle with a structural outside grip that is capable of a 5 centimeter range of adjustment.
- Simple three-step process adjusts oar length.
- Redundant design for safety: The grip is keyed to the handle to prevent rotation.
- Continuous choice of settings over the entire five centimeter range. Each turn of the adjusting screw results in a length change of approximately .25 centimeters.
- Oars are marked at the handle to indicate overall length of the oar in centimeters.
- Worn grips or damaged parts are easily replaced.
- Low-stress, wiggle-free connection withstands heavy use and extends the life of the handle.
Handle Weight & Diameter
The bonded composite handles are the lightest handle we offer. The adjustable composite handles weigh about the same as the lightest wood handles. The wood handle weights are variable due to the nature of the wood and are also subject to water absorption. We offer three choices of handle diameter for wooden handles. There is just one handle diameter available for adjustable composite handles.
Green Molded Grip
Sweep rowing requires a grip with a combination of properties that allow for some relative movement between the hand and the grip while offering sufficient "grippiness" under both dry and wet conditions.
Recognizing the subtle differences in the dynamics of the inside and outside hands, the sweep grips are molded using different formulations for each hand. Both are Spring Green in color and can be left smooth or custom textured with a file or sandpaper, much like a wood handle. The inside hand is slightly softer than the outside hand and has more grip. This allows for excellent function yet is easier on your hands. These grips are extremely durable but you can easily replace them in the field if required.
Microfiber Suede Grip
Our newest offering is a Microfiber Suede grip, an adhesive-backed synthetic layer that features a soft, suede-like texture. In fact, we recommend our Microfiber Suede sweep grips over our Blue Cellular Foam grip, as many customers have confirmed our opinion that the grip and feel of the suede is better than the blue foam. Both the suede and blue foam feature a surface that is slightly absorbent and both will wear out much faster than the very durable green rubber grips. However, the suede is easier and less costly to replace then the blue foam: the suede replacement grips come as an adhesive backed sheet; to replace, peel off the old grip and roll the new grip on. There are a few simple instructions to follow for best results. The frequency of replacement will vary with use, environment and individual differences, and we recommend having spare suede grips on hand.
Like the Blue Cellular Foam grip, the Microfiber Suede also requires more frequent cleaning.
Blue Cellular Foam
We also have the Blue Cellular Foam grip, which features a soft feel with a firm, sponge-like texture. This grip requires more frequent cleaning to retain the grip properties. We are recommending the Microfiber Suede over the Blue Foam; however, the Blue Foam are still available.
The Wood Veneer grip is an option for those who want the feel of wood and adjustable length. This grip comes at an additional cost of $46 per oar.
Sweep Handle Diameter Options
|Handle Construction||Grip||Outside Hand
|Composite||Green Rubber||37.5 mm||41.5 mm|
|Composite||Microfiber Suede||37 mm||40 mm|
|Composite||Wood Veneer||39 mm||41.5 mm|
|Composite||Blue Cellular||40.4 mm||46 mm|
|Wood, Small||none||39 mm||tapered|
|Wood, Medium||none||42 mm||tapered|
|Wood, Large||none||45 mm||tapered|