Werner Stikine vs Sherpa Carbon
I'm looking for opinions. I'm in the market for a new Werner paddle and I'm looking at the Stikine and the Sherpa Carbon. Here's my issue... I've been paddling a Sho-Gun (711 sq cm) for several years and am very used to the awesomeness of the foam core blade. Now I'm looking for a smaller blade size, but I worry that the Stikine (656 sq cm) will feel too small as I'm really a fan of the bite of a full sized blade. Now, the Sherpa (680 sq cm) size feels like it would be correct for my paddling style, but it's not the foam core blade.
So my questions for discussions are: 1) Would I ever really notice the size difference between the the Stikine and Sherpa? 2) If anyone has used both types of blades recently, do you really find an appreciable difference in the feel on the water (ie, the do you notice that the blades of the non-foam core paddles aren't as buoyant?)
Discuss... Thank you!