Don't buy an AT. At the shop I purchase from I asked again and again about durability and was assured that the carbon and Kevlar manufacturing was top notch.
First day out, I hit up a quick bridges run on the Poudre after work and just before dark. Two complete punctures through the right blade. I didn't flip, I didn't swim, and Bridges is like splashing around in a kiddy pool.
Apparently, this is not a warranty issue according to the people I have talked to. I am so pissed off that I spent $430 on something that breaks the first time I use it and there is not a damn thing I can do about it except bitch on some online forum hoping that perhaps someone would read this, realize that just maybe I could influence a few purchases and that it would be best to back their products and keep this angry voice from slandering them. That said, it is apparent to me that they would prefer the latter.
Another friend of mine had an AT that apprently had a very small hole in the shaft, you couldn't see it or any visible damage and the thing would fill up with water. It sucked.
I had another friend who took a minor shot under water and the paddle broke in half like a twig. I realize that paddles break, but it shouldn't happen like this.
Anyway, I've paddled my Werner for many a years and only replaced it because it chips away slowly and it was time. I bought an AT out of convenience and it turned out to be the worst kayaking purchase I have made.
I am sure plenty of people have their opinions, but this is mine and as a consumer this is really my only recourse at this time.