The paddle has an aggressive catch with the ridged and super-stiff blade. The stoke is well-balanced and smoothly exits. Balance and swing-feel is excellent. The beauty of this paddle is in the heart of the shaft. The shaft is a laminated wood, hollow core. The shaft is a little larger in diameter which for me reduces hand fatigue and allows for a larger push-area on each stroke. Another unique feature of the paddle is the indexing at the grip point. You will always know where the face of the blade is with this feature.
The best part of this paddle is not actually part of the paddle at all. The absolutely best part is how you feel after the paddle. With the combination of the stiff blade and a slightly flexing shaft affords maximum power-efficiency with less stress on your joints. Therefore, a long day on the water is enjoyed during and after your paddle. You can put that bottle of Ibuprofen that you leave in the glove box of your vehicle back in your medicine cabinet.
Double thumbs-up on the Saltwood Reggie