This was my first bent shaft paddle, and I still use this design to this day. I’ve never found a better all-around river running paddle than the ATX. It has enough power to generate acceleration and enough control to adjust stokes at the last minute. The blades offer great support due to the foam core and the durability is unmatched by any other paddle out there. I’d recommend the ATX to anyone looking for a do-it-all bent shaft paddle. One more suggestion, I’d definitely grab a paddle bag to protect it.