I was looking for a lighter kayak of one that I could handle by myself rather than depend on other people to help. I looked over lots of reviews and settled on the Epic GPX kayak which weighs 31 pounds and is one I can lift and load onto my car without any help as sometimes I like to go kayaking by myself. This kayak handles well and glides through the water without hard paddling and is pretty stable for me as I do like to take photographs of nature from my boat. I have had this boat for approximately 3 years and have had it in smooth water and some light chop with no problem. Its not a sea kayak but does well in rivers, streams and lakes. I am not interested in sea kayaking so this fit the bill for me.