I'm ready to splurge on a high-end paddle and have narrowed my choice to a 220cm Werner Kalliste or the 215-225cm Epic Relaxed Touring carbon. I've been paddling a 230cm Werner for the past 10 years, but both the Werner and Epic sites recommend a 215-220 cm paddle for my height, paddling style, etc. I've tried my wife's 220cm paddle and come to the same conclusion.
My dilemma is that there are no Epic dealers anywhere nearby, so I don't have a chance to get my hands on one to try out. I'm guessing I wouldn't go wrong with either paddle, but I thought I'd ask the pnet community for input, especially regarding the usefulness of a variable-length paddle. That is, what seems to separate the two paddles is Epic's Length-Lock 2(tm) adjustable ferrule. Is being able to adjust the length of your paddle something that's worthwhile?