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Durable paddle! This Chute paddle has been standard equipment for me. It lives up to normal use & abuse..... offering a great feature with spring buttons (3 position) to break in half for storage in the boat or vehicle as needed and adjustable drip guards. Various colors.
An inexpensive two-piece paddle offered as an "exclusive" at Dick's Sporting Goods. It's available in lengths from 180 cm to 240 cm. Blades are plastic, asymmetric, spooned with a central rib, and available in a number of colors. The blades can be feathered via selection of a single position each side of zero, at what appears to be about 45 degrees. The shaft is anodized aluminum, having the center 16 inches bare, and the rest sheathed in a thin plastic. The paddle is indexed right and drip rings are included. My particular specimen is 240 cm (94.5 inches) and weighs 2 pounds, 10.25 ounces (just a fraction less than 1.2 kilos).
This is a very "generic" paddle. Casual users will have no great surprises or disappointments in using it, and might enjoy the increased performance gained over a straight, flat, one-piece paddle. More advanced users will likely not choose it for anything other than a backup paddle. I have found the joint to be very slightly on the loose side, as I can feel just a bit of movement in it when paddling hard. There is no noticeable blade flutter.
My use of it is exclusively in salt water, and there are no signs of rusting or corrosion of any components, so far. I can already see some very slight sun bleaching of the plastic of the blades (I live in a very sunny location), limited to the stress points in the plastic that result from the tight curves made in forming the stiffening ribs. This is after only a couple of months of use and outside storage, but I expect that's more from my choice of color (bright orange) than anything else.
Overall, a decent, inexpensive paddle, suited to casual recreational kayakers, and one that you can hand off to the kids without worrying about potential damage or breakage. The two-piece construction makes it easier to store and transport, and the ability to feather its curved, asymmetric blades makes it a step up from the single piece, square tipped variety.
Please note: I've rated it as I have (4 stars) based on its value for the price, and not as a comparison to paddles costing hundreds more.