I have the new Aqua Bound Splat carbon fiber paddle here. Carbon fiber twill shaft. Carbon fiber/nylon blades. 210cm. Purchased from Alpacka Raft.
All-up weight on my scale is 35.8 ounces, which is about 3 ounces heavier than Alpacka's stated weight. It's 4 ounces heavier than Aqua Bound's claimed weight, but theirs is based on a 192cm paddle. Since the 210cm Splat is made specifically for use with Alpacka rafts, I'm not sure where Alpacka's stated weight comes from. Perhaps there are production variances - that's understandable - although 3 ounces does seem like a lot (~9% variance).
At 28.7 ounces, my 2 year old AB Manta Ray (likewise 210cm, carbon twill shaft / carbon/nylon blades) is about 7 ounces lighter than the new Splat, and the length, blade dimensions, et. al. really are just about identical between the two paddles. The Splat adds weight both at the blades (an extra 2 oz each) and at the shaft (3 oz). The Splat blades are considerably more stout, and are not nearly as easy to flex by hand. The Splat's carbon twill shaft has a denser grid pattern and certainly seems quite robust in hand, but at this early stage I'm willing to entertain the possibility that a 3 oz heavier shaft is overkill for my intended usage (sub-PR 3). The problem, of course, was the weakness of the Manta Ray carbon blades, not its shaft, and although it's possible to attach the Splat blades to the lighter Manta Ray shaft, creating such a hybrid paddle would require drilling new holes at the outermost shaft attachment points, as the male/female tolerances don't quite match. These new holes would have to be located elsewhere along the shaft's circumference, so that the old and new holes don't overlap. And this of course would change the blade angles, requiring more drilling at the center of the shaft, adjusting the feather to compensate. Basically... no thanks! First, let's see how 7 extra ounces feels in hand, out on the water.