I was encouraged to buy this kayak by the local dealer here in Canada. He was absolutely right for for paddling needs!! Only 40 lbs, it is easy to lift off car and get in water. The seat is comfortable and the hull tracks very true for a 12' length. I like the hull shape so much I recommend even in the less expensive poly material when people dont want to pay the higher price for ultralite. Wilderness Systems has a slightly larger model out this year. I am strongly considering it for the future.