For an inexpensive (compared to $299 or more for some paddles) it felt really good. BUT after just 20 times out (maybe 150 miles total) one of the blades is coming apart from the shaft. The epoxy, or whatever holds it together, isn't working. DO NOT take this paddle on a long expedition. It could lead to disaster. I use it as a back up on short day paddles only. It's too bad because the paddle showed some promise.