Have you noticed that many Aleut paddles are long and narrow? This is not due to material limitations, but because Eskimos often paddled in high wind conditions. The Wind Swift combines Aleut features with some more modern European concepts to create a paddle that is excellent in high winds and still delivers a healthy amount of paddle power for all but the most demanding conditions. Another major advantage to this style of paddle is kindness to joints and muscles. If you do not paddle frequently or already have joint and muscle issues, you will love how you feel after a day of paddling with the Wind Swift.