Lightweight graphite composite shaft sprayed with a clear eurathane coating. Each oar includes a tough rope wrap and rubber oar stop. These oars have unmatched strength to weight ratio. The oar handles include nubs to help you know if your oar blade is vertical in the water. The Hyde Magnum Blade (included) floats and is also easily replaceable. These oars include the popular counter-balanced handle, helping you to avoid holding the weight of the oars down through your day of rowing.