This paddle seems to have garnered some negative reviews. One should put that in context. It is an inexpensive paddle, and even the manufacturer won't deny that. You'll see many instances of folks breaking paddles that cost 3 times as much, or having "warranty"-type problems with them. Another thing to note is that if you read enough reviews on this site, you'll find that most folks grant anything decent a "10 of 10" - not much migration to the mean here.
OK, the paddle. I've used it, maybe, 20 times over 4 years. Have also used Werners, Lendals, etc. I own 3 other paddles.
- Thin, low angle touring blade doesn't sail much in the wind, even unfeathered. Decent catch for it's shape. Good overall blade volume for touring. Materials appear to be durable (not "top shelf', but...). Inexpensive. Sometimes, dirt cheap if on sale.
- Some cavitation on sweeping blade. Not light, but not heavy for it's class. Shaft connector is tight, but fits better without the rubber gasket there ( no problem using paddle without it, and it fell off by itself on mine ). You look like you're swinging a cheap paddle (no "designer" cachet with this stick)
Overall, for the money it's a good auxiliary, or beginner, paddle. The narrow blades mean it stores well on deck as a backup paddle. If anyone says "I wouldn't trust my life to that paddle", ask them when the last time was they were on a remote area expedition. Yup....