I have been paddling for over 40 years, both flat water and moving water. This paddle is my go to when paddling whitewater as it is affordable and durable. Sure it would be nicer to spend more and get a nicer paddle but I prefer to paddle with peace of mind knowing that should my paddle ever break or get lost I won't worry. The blade is tough, the paddle is light. I have seen many fellow paddlers break their expensive paddles and prefer not to have the same problem. For the price you will not be disappointed.