I've grown up in canoes and for most of that time my faorite paddle was an Iliad. Fiberglass balde but featherlight for it's day. From what I've researched, they haven't been made in awhile. Like an idiot i gave mine to a buddy when I sold a canoe about 10 years ago. What paddles are in that weight class now? Yes, I will spend $100 (but I wouldn't then)...no, I will not spend $300 for the latest carbon uber-paddle!