JM...you dirty devil...the new AT paddles rock. I've been with Werner for 10+ yrs and am now paddling AT's new line up because they perform as good or better than what I've used (Carbon Bent Powerhouse) and are incredible durable. I'm using a Carbon Bent 200 Geronimo (their river runner/creeker) and I love it. At first I looked at the blade and thought the surface area was less than the Powerhouse I've used forever. After inspection and calculation, the areas are essentially the same with different shape and distribution. I haven't been in a situation to break them yet...but I've leaned, pried on rocks, thrown it, and used it as I would any paddle and it's doing great. One big difference is the proprietary material used within the carbon. Rather than spliting into fibers and chipping as carbon will do over time at the edge/contact areas, this material wears and keeps fibers together. I've seen the wear tests vs competitors, and I've seen the break point tests on the shafts. The new AT's out perform all the others...by a long shot.
BTW...you and I and the Crazy Lady...hope she comes in