Recently acquired an Advantedge used for $240, which was a fair price. I had a Surf-to-Summit seat laying around, which I installed, as the back of the seat was indeed too laid back, as others have noted. The boat weighed in at 52 pounds, which is not exactly lightweight, but not objectionable either. First time on open water was pleasant! It took the wind and chop really well, very stable. The thickness of the plastic kept the hull from oil-canning, and it is strong enough that there is no Styrofoam pillar between the footpads to keep the hull in shape. Overall very pleased.
As mentioned the seat angle is not good for paddling. I fixed that by putting a couple pieces of pool noodle behind the seat for the proper angle...works great! It is not a fast kayak but that's the trade off for the width of the kayak. It is a easy kayak to get in and out of. And makes a day on the water enjoyable.
I recently rented a Potomac 12, and this paddled much more like a touring kayak than the Pelican. It doesn't track like a dedicated sea kayak, but did have a nice glide, keeping straight with just a touch of the paddle. Both lazy pace and easy cruising speed were very easy to maintain. For fun, I pushed it to my limit, and it was very quick.
The entry and exit provide a quiet ride--no hull slap. The width could be 2 inches less, but that would cut down on the max load. This would be a nice day touring boat. I would want to stretch my legs every two hours, but that would be true in any kayak. It has an unbeatable combination of sub-50 lb. weight, speed, comfort and price. The flattish bottom would not be ideal in severe weather, but it is not designed for that, and the soft chines give a secure feel in average waves.
I am seriously considering adding one of these to my fleet as I want a fast solo rec kayak.
While it was a fun boat to paddle about, I feel there are a few issues with the boat a prospective owner should be aware of:
I still find the fixed seat not able to support my back after an hour or less. They sell a high back seat, but I am not sure it fits this model.
I like the net bags on either side of the seat and I also like the storage space behind the seat and the storage hatch in the back. What I didn't like was the glove box in the front it was in the way of my size 12 shoe even though the boat was advertised as having enough room for boots. Emotion includes a dry box that is supposed to float and be waterproof. My box floated but was not watertight.
Finally I like the carry handles on each end being molded into the kayak because it makes tiedown of the boat very easy. I would not hesitate to recommend this as a kayak to someone looking for a good all around boat.
Overall at this point, I'm happy with the purchase price of $300 on this kayak. I wish it was a tad bit wider to accommodate my physique and have a bit more room on the side pockets. This would also help with a place to mount a rod holder for fishing.
I feel with a bit more use and some guidance from others on technique this kayak could be very good. BTW I love the built in handles!!!