In the Navigator, Bending Branches has combined high-tech, ultra lightweight, T-700 carbon shaft material with a proven blade design made out of rich-looking black willow wood. The material combination provides unique flex and the unmatched fit and finish you expect from a Bending Branches paddle. The result: a smooth pull through the water, and reduced shoulder and arm fatigue. Proprietary Rockgard protection starts at the tip and wraps around the leading edge. Each blade is reinforced with fiberglass to provide durability not seen in most lightweight paddles. If you are looking for beauty combined with unsurpassed fit, finish and durability in a lightweight paddle that flexes to meet your paddling style, look no further.