this paddle WILL NOT last you a lifetime
I have yet to see a paddle that will last you a lifetime. I'm usually lucky to have a paddle last a full season. I've broken tons of paddles. I've seen friends break paddles. I've even watched as TG managed to break two paddles in two days simply from landing off drops in a low brace. In 14 years of kayaking, I can honestly say that my current paddle is the only paddle that has lasted me for 3 seasons before I destroyed it.
I destoyed it on a 40ish vert, and yes, I destroyed it partially due to the delamination. I have yet to see a paddle that doesn't delaminate, simply because delamination generally occurs as the ends get worn down. The more you paddle, the more the ends will get worn down, and sooner or later you will need to get a new paddle. Fortunatly, its easy to get new blades (with a few companies) than it is to replace the shaft of a paddle (where many paddles break).
Talked to Woody the other day, supposedly they can repair the paddle blades in less than a week.
In the time that I have had one paddle I've had seven kayaks. I break a ton of gear. I struggled to break that paddle.
I don't mind the extra weight of the kreek'r. In fact, I've grown to like it. Could just be because I have massive biceps.
On a serious note, that's why you get the foam core blades.
If you are a novice paddler that still takes a lot of swims, and therefore loses a lot of gear, I would hesitate to buy this high end of a paddle. However, if you only swim once or twice a season (if less, you aren't trying hard enough) then I highly reccommend it.
*Yes, I paddle for Woody. And, I could get shop pro form on any paddle, but I choose not too.