Yeah, I spent a lot of last season paddling cheapo paddles (borrowed from friends, clubs, etc.) while I was contemplating buying a new one. Long story short, I went through 3 or 4 cheapos in 1 season (Aquabound, Prijon, and Werner) whereas my Woody lasted 3 seasons before needing repairs and will continue to be bomber for years to come as long as I care for it properly. I ended up picking up a Shogun (it was an awesome deal) also and I really like it, have beat the crap out of it, and it is still working well. It has 1 season on it.
"The world would be a better place if everyone kayaked."-Brad Ludden (Valhalla)
"You only get one chance to run a drop blind."-DD