To begin, I stand by Werner and their paddles.
"Werner's double diamond. You will pay almost $450 for it but hands down it is the best paddle out there."
I think might miss the mark. All WW is not created equally, just like paddles. Moreover, my double diamond is being repaired up in Washington as I broke one of the blades. Also, one needs to realize most of Colorado WW is real shallow. Thus, to not consider curability, you will be like me, waiting on the UPS guy. Really get out there and demo everything and see what feels right, and when it comes time to buy enlist the shop guys for consideration on durability.
For me, my vote hits one of Werner's bent shaft paddles with the real light carbon blades. Strong, light, kick a**.