The Ottertail is a traditional paddle style which has been used by paddle-makers for many years. This is the paddle shape all of our other models came from. The Ottertail is great for all types of recreational paddling and is a favorite among the die hard traditional paddlers. Keep in mind that if you wish to order a classic Ottertail you should expect an email from us shortly after ordering. Greg highly recommends one of our more modern paddle shapes as they are far more efficient for the paddler than this relic. Plus we don't stock these so expect them to be made to order. Ottertails can be used for all types of tandem and solo paddling.