I've had this wonderful paddle for 14 years. It takes time spent in my kayak to a new level of enjoyment. I've used it with a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, an inexpensive 10' fishing SOT , and my new Eddyline Skylark. I also have an AquaBound carbon paddle and a bent shaft Werner, both great paddles, but the Mitchell Horizon is in a league of it's own. The feel in your hands is great, a perfect shape, like it was made to be there. It's so smooth and lightweight, and it's the perfect paddle for the Skylark. The stroke is silent and strong and the narrow blade design is extremely efficient on a windy day. Yesterday I took some time to give it a little TLC with several coats of shellac, then sanded, polished, and waxed. I was so anxious to get out on the water I forgot to put my drip rings back on. But I found after the refreshing and waxing I gave it that the paddle shed water much more efficiently than before. I stayed quite dry and will no longer be using the drip rings. If you love to kayak I highly recommend this paddle.