Nice touring style paddle for kids. The small shaft works well for my 12-year old daughter as well as the symmetrical style blades. Overall the paddle is really nice and balanced. My daughter paddles 6-10 miles with very little effort with this new paddle. Previously, heavier paddles with larger blades led to shoulder and back fatigue as well as hand fatigue. I also found that the price was reasonable. It really is the right tool for the job!