The carbon shaft and abX carbon-reinforced nylon blades give the Aqua-Bound Carbon Sting Ray a lightweight and sturdy feel. This paddle is a joy to use, cutting through the water easily, and with no flutter felt from the blades. Advanced kayakers will appreciate using this kayak paddle, especially when covering long-distances. Novice and intermediate paddles will also be able to enjoy the benefits of this paddle, especially its low weight and the ease with which it can be adjusted and dismantled. This is one of the few paddles we tested that consistently feels and performs like a one-piece paddle. When conditions get tough, or after long days on the water, testers are incredibly grateful to have this lightweight and high-performance paddle in their hands.