Incredible paddle! Making the transition from a top Euroblade paddle to a Greenland style blade was tricky for me until I discovered Gearlab's awesome paddles. Compared to a clunky wooden paddle, these Carbon fiber wonders are light, sleek and sharp when paddling for long distances under all conditions. Their two-part construction (virtually seamless when together) and the replaceable tips make it all the more versatile. The Akiak is Gearlab's shoulderless model, while the Nukilik is the same construction with shoulders. Both are fantastic; it's a personal preference which to choose.