Did a ton of reading reviews (too much), and finally went with the Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon. Wanted the lightest, solid 2 pc paddle without spending $400 on the next paddle I was looking at. This paddle has not disappointed. I have used it now for one season - flawless. If you're going hard, you might notice a little flutter, but that's only for short bursts... for touring and lakes/rivers... great paddle... 5+ hrs, no fatigue and blades still look like new.