The new Werner Shogun paddle is the best paddle I have ever used. I have spent the last two months paddling the beutiful waters of Chile and Argentina and my Shogun has been a faithful partner. Whether creeking hard or paddling the big water of the Futalaefu, the Shogun has been sick! Super durable on and off the river and super light. The paddle blade may be a little big for park and play but I surely didn´t mind the blade on the Futa. I almost prefered a bigger blade in the bigger water. If you want a super durable, light, high quality paddle for river running or creeking for many years to come, buy a Shogun!