don't mind charlie here, he just got out of jail.... half the paddle, twice the man.
I would say that these paddles are at two good choices. If you are used to a bent shaft and creek heavily you will enjoy the stikines lightning fast ability and resurfacing characteristics of the foam blades. I would say they are no more to puncture than an all fiberglass blade, ie the sherpa, both share the same blade design i believe and would only feather slightly different given one is a bent shaft and one is not. I use a straight shaft powerhouse and love it. I would like a bent shaft but they do feel so different It would take getting used to, for me at least. Anyhow, get the stikine if you would benifit a small weight savings, stronger surface construction/ not ply-ably and a bent shaft. If you dont need a weight savings and save some dough with a straight shaft fiberglass blade, tried and true, easy to repair, bla bla bla.....