Hala Gear made the River Carbon HS Paddle 25% more durable than their standard paddles to give you increased strength for your whitewater descents. A thicker high strength carbon shaft gives you lightweight performance without compromising rugged durability for maneuvering your way down rapids. And the strength doesn't stop with the shaft, Hala Gear added extra layers to their Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic FiberLite blade. Combining the tough strength of fiberglass with impact-resistant reinforced plastic, you can easily steer your way through rocky stream beds with confidence. An adjustable shaft and LeverLock handle doesn't budge as you brace and stabilize yourself, but just in case you slip up the no-sink design allows the paddle to float so you can quickly get you gear together and get back on the board.