I have used the Journey for two years on flatwater and sea, both with a CLC Westriver and with a Feathercraft K2. The paddle is light and really beautifull. I like the smallish blades as I am quite prone to wrist problems. The catch is quiet, without splashing, and it does not flutter at all. The flat, ridgeless blade works beautifull for skulling and rolling.
Manufacturing quality of the wood is great, but the ferules have quite some play. Not enough to bother me, but it just should not be so. During a trip one came lose of the wood, so I had to switch to my spare paddle. It was easy to repair with epoxy, but this simply should not happen.
Conclusion: a great paddle, but somewhat lousy made ferules.