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The blades are stiff enough for good power without flutter or excessive flex and they've held up very well through an entire summer of launch push-offs in sand, mud, and rocks. The drip rings generally stay put and function well, the push-button latch/release operates smoothly, and the connection joint is smooth, snug, and wiggle-free. The light weight and nice finish of the fiberglass shaft is an added bonus. Even with my fairly small hands, the shaft diameter is quite nice.
The only fault I've found so far is that use without grip wrap, Yakgrips, or gloves will definitely result in blisters and the shaft tends to get really slippery when wet.
This paddle is a very nice upgrade from a cheap, basic 2-piece and is well worth extra the money. It should give years of happy paddling!
Overall I think it is an awesome paddle, it seems to be very strong and has lots of options with the feathering. It is very easy to put together and take apart the two piece shaft with the single push button. The grips built into the shaft are wonderful if you plan on wearing gloves, but if not you will definitely end up with blisters. You can really get a moving with this paddle and it is very light. I have no regrets at all with this paddle, and I highly recommend it.
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