The Yin Yang Hybrid is like a great Yoga session. A perfect balance of lightness and strength. The triple laminated wood shaft is a hand shaped oval for a comfortable grip. Wood naturally absorbs and dampens the small shocks and vibrations of paddling that cannot be duplicated in composites. The Ergo-T hand shaped wood grip is designed to fit comfortably in the palm while providing a secure grip. The carbon blade is built with an internal edge banding that reinforces the edges for impact resistance. The blade has a thin tip for a knife like entry at the catch. The hybrid Yin Yang paddle weighs 19 oz and you will not find another paddle that provides a more balanced and comfortable paddling experience. Made in the USA. IDBF approved.