This is my first Greenland paddle. I found it easy to adjust to using it. It's beautiful, very light, and easy to handle. One can get as much power in the stroke as one needs, but one can also paddle without strain. Possible difficulties: the flat black finish is beautiful, but I can imagine it making it impossible to find the paddle if you ever get separated from it. The edge is very thin; I don't have enough experience to know how much this improves performance, but possibly it makes the paddle less robust. So it's at least possible that the somewhat cheaper Akiak model in a bright color would actually be the better choice.