Following just one extended canoe trip, my paddle tips took a beating. One solution was to place a wrap-around epoxy tip to protect the tip and edge. Epoxy is perhaps not the best tip material, because it is somewhat brittle. However, after several extended trips with my paddles, the small amount of chipping has not been too severe to warrant deep concern. I think the relative ease of application makes this an adequate solution. Additionally, it is easy to repair when it breaks: sand off the old, broken epoxy, apply a new coat.