This weekend a friend and I paddled 31 miles on Lake Hiawassee and the Nottley River in North Carolina. The Gillespie's performance was simply superb. Extremely efficient with a great catch very similar to the Zaveral Power Surge that I usually use. A bit heavier than the Power Surge but easier on the joints and aesthetically superior in every way. The warmth and beauty of wood with the efficiency of a Zav. How can you go wrong?