Oh, didn't see this thread months ago or I would have posted. AT paddles absolutely suck. If you're looking for something to break when you need it most, look no further than AT. Ever notice at the putin when all of the paddles are Werner Powerhouses? There's good reason. Watch the cks blog or big sic pictures - almost all powerhouses. Yes, the blades wear down, but I've never broke one taking a stroke, much less off a waterfall - which I've witness repeatedly with ATs. I don't mean to be a total hater, all my buddies have a right to their own opinion, even if it is wrong.