I use it to propel my kayak through the water. It does that with ease. It's nice that it breaks down into 4 pieces, basically the blades come off the ends (2 pieces) and then the handle comes apart in 2 pieces. It has ability to adjust whether you want the blades angled/feathered or not. It's the longest paddle you can get, which is great because I am 6'5" and have an 11' kayak that is 30" wide. Wish it had oval grips for both hands, but it is only oval on the right side. Feels sturdy and has curved blades that provide for good thrust. I recommend it.