At least that's the reason I hear a lot, from people who just haven't gotten to a point where that amount of money makes sense against their paddling time.
We got it when we were staying on the coast and paddling every day. Until then though - inland lakes and rivers - it didn't seem such a big deal to have lesser paddle.
Full Size Sail Rig
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Touring Kayak Paddles
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