I had a credit to use at OS, so used it to purchase this paddle. Husband & I just purchased kayaks and are new to the sport. Tho I am a novice, I liked the paddle for it light weight and seemed to be appropriate length for me (5'3" 109 lbs with Pelican Maverick 100x kayak). Only problem I had was with changing the positions or taking the paddle apart. Compared to the cheaper paddle my husband got at Dicks, mine is a great deal harder to get apart or turn as the pin does not slip in and out very easily whereas his works very smoothly. My husband usually just does it for me-problem solved, unless no one is around, but don't foresee that happening, so I'm happy with my purchase.
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