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The not-so-good: That decorative yellow stripe? On the picture of the paddle, it looked like the shaft was painted alternating colors, but actually it's a wide strip of yellow, textured material in two spots -- where your hands would go, in fact. When I first saw the lozenge design on the yellow I thought, "How pretty!" But when I got my first blister, I realized the problem.
I've used these paddles twice now, and both times it raised and broke blisters. I've now ordered paddling gloves which, at $20, make the deal I got on my paddles a little less shiny.
Watch your hands, and you should be okay.
It is a very comfortable paddle and helped minimize the blisters I normally get when out on a long paddle. It stood up to rocks and waves rather well and didn't have a lot of flex in the paddle. It will start to feel heavy after a while when compared to a Glass shaft paddle though.
Overall it is durable not terribly heavy and comfortable. It also will not break the bank, I just wish they made this in a glass shaft version.