Encounter ultra-light 2004 model factory listed wt 38lb mine 32lb. Perfect for hunting and fishing and camping. Even fly fishing. Have hauled two deer and gear. Did not notice any differance in performance.
Very comporable to use and a pleasure to behold I was using a bent composite 12oz paddle. My shoulder was hurting so I switched to the Gillespie 19oz 10 degree paddle and my shoulder felt better right away.