This paddle might be the "paddle" for some people. I thought the grips would make me place my hands in the right places. It was windy on Saturday and it was my first time in a 14 foot boat. However I couldn't paddle straight in the wind, the paddle was noisy, and it felt like it had too much play. The list price was $214, I paid $107.00. The only thing I'm happy about is that I didn't pay $214.00 for it.