I am currently looking to purchase a paddle and started talking to people in shops. I have come to realize there are many variables to consider. I am replacing a Blue pool paddle, lost it on Bailey a few years ago
, I purchased in Costa Rica and am thinking of going that route again because I really liked it. It was very stiff which can be hard on the elbow joints. I really liked the feel of the Werner bent shaft paddle. I have smaller hands so I feel I have a better grip than with the AT. I was also told by a Confluence Kayak employee he gets a lot more AT paddles brought back with damage than he does Werner. I definitely agree that there are pros and cons to each paddle and assessing your kayaking style can help determine which paddle is best.