You asked, "Is being able to adjust the length of your paddle something that's worthwhile?"
For me the answer is a resounding YES! I often adjust the length of my paddles on-the-fly to accommodate changing wind conditions, boat load, how I'm feeling, what seat pad (if any) I am using and a host of minute factors.
If given the choice of two very similar paddles, one adjustable for length and one not, I would definitely choose the adjustable length. YMMV.
Some of my peers prefer a one-piece as it is lighter and stronger, but I prefer the versatility of a two-piece, with length/feather adjustment.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
Touring Kayak Paddles
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