Nimble, responsive, quick and lively are all words that have been used to describe Concept2 Bantam sculls. Launched in January 2016, Bantam sculls were designed for a variety of users looking for a lower cost option without compromising function or the rowing experience.
Bantams use a standard Ultralight shaft and our Compact Blade. The Compact Blade is made of an injection-molded polypropylene material that provides the desired stiffness and durability at a lower cost. The Compact is 10 cm shorter than the Smoothie2 and Fat2 blades but has a comparable width to the Fat2. Based on customer feedback and on water testing, the Compact’s width is key to maintaining stability despite the shorter overall blade length.
Throughout their first year, Bantam sculls have steadily gained in popularity. Since January 1, 2016, 18% of the total sculls sold worldwide have been Bantams. And in the US and Canada, 43% have been to individuals and 57% to rowing clubs, universities and schools.
We’re hopeful that a wide variety of users from recreational, coastal, youth and masters will continue to give the Bantam sculls a try.