Excellent build quality. Solid fitting 2 piece nesting. Sharp refined angles. Pragmatic design with replacement tips. Shoulderless design which is new to me, takes a bit of getting use to but I am starting to like it. Loom slightly larger diameter than I make for myself. That obviously is personal preference. Entry into water is quiet. Balance is excellent. Build quality top notch. A bit heavier than my red cedar paddle but the utility of of a carbon fiber two piece paddle for both air travel or for storing on deck as second paddle is fantastic. I would highly recommend.