Bought this just to have a light weight kayak. I'm 57 and it is easy to throw on top of my SUV. It tracks well and is actually a lot more comfortable than you would think. It is not as stable as my nucanoe nor as fast as my Native 14.5. But it is not near the cost. Would I buy it again, yes indeed.
I have 2 Lifetime Kayaks. I have a tandem, which is easy to paddle and maneuver in. It is also easy to use with just one person and it tracks well. Both are a SOT, I also have a one person yak, they both are very stable.
I have the Lifetime Lancer model from Walmart, bought it on sale for $165 with free shipping to the store. The Lancer is a the same hull as the Guster, and is really just a rebrand minus the nice gear such as adjustable footpegs.
About me: 5'8" 180lbs, 45 year old male. I'm an intermediate kayaker, have a 11.5' perception access SOT I use for fishing, an 8' pelican vortex (for the kids and super short trips) and also a Sea Eagle 370 inflatable. I'm also quite handy with mods
PROS: SUPER stable, even in the choppy waves. Can take motor boat wake broadside. I've had it out for 4 hours in protected bays - Hingham Ma harbor. All over the South shore of MA, lakes, ponds rivers, estuaries MODS - lots of nice flat surfaces to modify to your liking. I've added a recessed rod holder, a snap on paddle holder, a few eye pads and DIY storage wire rack on the inside of the hull, swapped out the stepped foot pegs with $20 adjustable pegs from Amazon, and added a drink holder right on the dash in front. SIZE - I throw it in the back of my old minivan. simple, fast TOUGH - hull scratches easy but it takes a beating CHEAP - $165 at Walmart, with mods I'm at about $200 invested.
CONS- TRACKING - stop paddling and you veer left or right. Forgivable but still disappointing SPEED - you won't win any races. Well maybe 1 or 2., If it were a football team you'd be between 7-9 to 9-7.