This paddle is HEAVY compared to some other Werner and AT paddles that I have tried. But, I think this is/was a great beginner paddle. When I started this, I knew that the possibly of losing a paddle was very probable, especially considering I had always paddled flat water that has almost zero consequence. So, I wanted something that would get the job done, but still be inexpensive. I have been lucky enough to not lose the paddle so far! All in all, great paddle for beginners or those looking for a sturdy paddle on the cheap!