How Our Oars are Made and Tested

What began in 1976 is still true today: we custom build every oar to your specifications, and every oar undergoes rigorous quality testing before it ships. When we develop an innovation, we test it for performance improvements; we do this in the shop and—the truest test—by taking it out on the water. If an innovation does not show that it will help make you faster, we don’t release it.

For Concept2 founders Peter and Dick Dreissigacker, rowing is a lifelong passion and engineering is a way of life. This union of passion and analysis drives our founding principles:

  • To promote and encourage the growth of rowing, indoor and out.
  • To design, manufacture, sell and service unique products of high quality and value.

We invite you to look through this section and learn what goes into building and testing a Concept2 oar. We will explain some of the principles that have led to our innovations. We will share with you how we conduct speed testing so you can do the same, if you choose.

When you buy a Concept2 oar, you invest in our tradition of performance, passion, innovation and support, and we are committed to ensuring that you receive our best effort, every time. Let our best effort be part of your best effort the next time you push off from the dock.