If you are planning to go the distance this is the paddle for you. It is so light that it does not cause the fatigue associated with long distance paddling with standard paddles, yet it is strong enough to accept vigorous thrusts in tough situations. Its two piece design packs up safely and easily for long trips to the water. We have used it all over North America, and it is one of the best paddling tools we have ever owned. Werner is our favorite modern paddle, and they have earned their place in our adventures.