I had a red and black one for two of my hardest years of paddling and it was still going strong when I sold it....
F-everyones's-I, I've seen boats from pretty much every manufacturer break for no good reason. Thats why warranties exist... not just for boats, but for cars, video cameras, skis, you name it. Toyota's have a solid reputation but there are definitely more than a few Tacomas out there that broke down after 50K...... Im not saying that the occasional manufacturers defect is good or should be acceptable. Just that its seemingly a universal law in most industries and that Bliss-Stick should not bear the brunt of this principle because of a few internet posting cinics (like myself, except I support 'em). And no, Im not an agent or paddler.