Originally Posted by seedubs1
And lastly, what's the durrability difference between the plastic and carbon blades going to be like?
In all likelihood, the plastic will be more durable than the carbon. I know that feels backwards, but the reason is in the failure mode of the two materials. When carbon fiber reaches its limits, it fails spectacularly and completely. If the carbon is nicked in just the wrong way, it will start a crack that will propagate over time and eventually fail. The carbon is fragile, and doesn't take well to hits.
The plastic meanwhile, fails by bending to the point of uselessness, but it still has strength on its way through the failure process. It doesn't snap. It can also absorb hits without affecting the long term performance.
I think the main point is this: the carbon will be around for a long time as long as it doesn't hit anything. If you are playboating in deep water with zero chance of hitting rocks, your carbon blades will last forever. If you are out creeking, all those little hits on your blades will kill it. For my taste and rocky rivers, I prefer the reinforced plastic blades.