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I bought my Razorlite 393rl this past spring, to replace my beloved Eddyline - which had been stolen off the roof of my car. At least if it's inside the vehicle, theft is less likely! The first problem - it was impossible to get the foot supports in. It turned out they were 1/4" longer then spec; once I had them cut down life was much easier. But the first month of paddling was without foot pegs, not impossible but not so comfortable, either. I also found it impossible to come close to folding it tightly enough to fit in the bag, until Sea Eagle pointed me toward their excellent video on how to do it - not at all like the written directions that came with the boat! And most of the places I paddle, I leave the skeg off - it's often shallow, and I've been in places where if I tried to back out, I can see the skeg anchoring me, or catching on branches under the water. It paddles well enough in a straight line without. If I know I'm going to have enough depth, I put it on (if I remember!) as it does track better and I do a lot of photography while on the water.
Early in the season, I deliberately tested how stable it was. It has excellent initial stability; I've never felt close to tipping over in my usual relatively flat conditions on lakes, ponds, flat rivers. But unlike the Eddyline, it has virtually no secondary stability - once you get it so the side is getting wet, you are over. Good to know! I'm not going to take it in real chop unless I am willing to swim!
The seat is too hard for me after about two hours. I use an inflatable seat cushion partly inflated; I'm only about a half inch higher, and it doesn't affect my stability that I can see. And another complaint others have had about no side handles, I solved by using a padded strap from luggage, hooked between the D-rings on one side. Problem solved - although I'm usually with others, and we help each other with carrying.
So those are the shortcomings. But it paddles really well; I have no trouble keeping up with the pack. It's heaven to get my arthritic joints in and out. I've overturned it once overbalancing on entry, and I've done that in most kayaks I've paddled enough times. This season I've been out 30 - 40 times, and while it's not the perfect boat, I'm not sure that exists!
It's light for its size, and the price was reasonable, it does what I need when the water's rougher.