We bought this kayak for my husband, since he is 6'2". I spend more time on the water than he does, and I have fallen in love with this kayak. My kayak is Tarpon 140. The Perception has a lot more space on the exterior and interior. I am planning a 2-3 day kayak trip in it because of the interior space. I gave it a 9 because I can't reach the front rod holder. I'm 5'4", and this seems to be a problem with a lot of kayaks. I wish that there were some cockpit side molded rod holders that were more accessible, but not in the way when just paddling. Also the velcro pockets tend to be in a bad spot for me. I used the kayak to put out crab traps. I put my 10 year old son in the back to assist with carrying the traps. The boat was extremely stable.