My second issue with the paddle stems from sloppy construction. When I received the paddle it had several areas where the rubber material covering the joint between blade and shaft was not sealed tightly to the blade. These gaps were 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide in two places on each blade of the paddle. I chose to fill the gaps with epoxy instead of sending back the new out of the box paddle and hoped for the best. At last the epoxy has failed and now water is allowed to enter into the shaft. This could have all been avoided by sealing the joints between blade and shaft during construction.
Overall I'm pleased with the paddle but there's room for improvement.
The seam between the blade and shaft is covered with a layer of tape that had several 1/4 inch gaps. I found myself making repairs on a new paddle by filling the gaps with epoxy. After being used about 20 times the ferrule locker failed and had to be replaced at my expense.
Bottom line is this design has proved to be too fragile for regular use and I end up choosing more durable paddles on a regular basis.