One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about kayaking equipment a couple of decades ago when I started out was "buy the lightest paddle you can afford." This paddle is the lightest one around for the price, great for an all day trip. It gives decent control as well. My one unpleasant surprise when I got it (by mail order)was that the shaft was not indexed. Some people like it that way, but I prefer the feel of indexing as it gives me better control. I almost sent it back, but decided I could add indexing by purchasing a product called Gripz Pro. Now I really love my new paddle.