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The plastic Zephyr 155 is about as light as the Fiberglass Tempest 165, if I recall right. The two paddle a bit differently, with the T geared more for touring and the Z more for play. I have not paddled the composite 165 but the plastic one felt noticeably less maneuverable than the Z 155. It has a different stability profile and is easier to edge for course corrections. The 170 plastic felt even less willing to "play" and has considerably more volume above the water. The Z and T165 are among the easiest to roll and get back into or do rescues with very low rear decks. The forward and side of cockpit and the braces on the 165 is low so make sure you are comfortable for more than an hour.
EDIT: the Caribou I paddled was most likely a pre-2010 and less likely a 2010 model; sorry, can't confirm which, nor how the changes actually impact it...
Touring Kayak Paddles
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