I bought this paddle while in a pinch and had it shipped overnight. There were no paddling shops around and I was low on funds when my favorite paddle was stolen. I took it on a trip the day after it arrived and the start of the trip was in class I, pretty weak stuff entirely. The paddle didn't even make it through the second ripple. It brushed off of a rock and a plant and the blade broke instantly leaving me to paddle the rest of the trip with one blade. Which only got up to class III, but it was plenty to make it hard with one blade. If you are actually planning to run real whitewater don't buy this paddle! This was just supposed to be a leisure run that turned into one of the worst trips I have ever taken.
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