When I bought my Tarpon, paddle was paddle, A/T was also made by Wilderness, was there at Kokomo Kayaks, price was right for entry level, so that's the one I bought. Bought the matching kid paddle for my then 9-y-o daughter. I mentioned on another thread, she learned to paddle in her sternwell cockpit without me ever saying a word to her.
Later bought the top-line bent-carbon-shaft A/T on close-out for $135, and stashed the first for a spare (later gave it to my UPS guy).
When she was 12 and in her Redfish 10, upgraded her kid paddle with a Werner Shuna bent-shaft, all-carbon, bought at a good price from Backcountry. We handled our first bent-shaft all-carbon Werner at ACK after a San Marcos River outing - holding the light thing with indexed hand position, you automatically started stroking as if pedaling a bike.
Many of the new paddles, will admit I've never handled, any of the old ones, I have either used for a day or owned.
(Bought a Carlisle at Jerry B's when we arrived to find a paddle left out - later sold it on this forum, and used many OP's in that previous decade)
But if I had $250 to spend on a paddle, would not pass up a Werner straight carbon shaft glass blade. They're so good, makes it hard to justify the all-carbon, bent shaft, etc.
Aside from delivering power, Werner goes in and out of the water more efficiently than any other blade design - it has nothing to do with the brand, but the design.
3 years later when I couldn't keep up with her, bought my all-carbon bent shaft Camano, and got my edge back - she's not the kind to enjoy being left this far down wind
(at 12, she beat 3 grown men upwind across B&R - Whit was there)