So far I've paddled a few days with this and i must say, so far its great. Super light! Seems strong, the blade does flutter a bit, but I am new to this sport and cant really compare too much with others, although i have kayaked for years, and whitewater rafting. I think paddleing technique makes a difference in how this paddle performs. The stickers are coming off right away, but i dont care! Besides, Backcountry has a lifetime warranty. MADE IN USA!
I gave it 4 stars because i am still in the "trial" period. Hope this helps others....