I'm going to here disagree with my friend Magooch about having infinitely adjustable feather on one's paddle. Too many choices. The beauty of having one and only one feather position (I'm talking here about take-apart paddles with choice of in-line or feather) is that you know exactly where you're at at all times on the water, whatever the conditions are. I know exactly how much to cock my wrist every time. I think my Swifts are feathered at 70 degrees, and this works just fine for me in any sort of conditions going to weather--no need or desire to fiddle around looking for the "perfect" feather angle. The simpler I keep my life on the water, the happier (and maybe safer?) I think I am.