It has held up to sun, sand, and repeated salt and freshwater dunkings without the foam breaking down or absorbing water...the fabric has faded, but seems as strong and tear resistant as ever. I never go out, even on calm ponds or lakes, without my NRS foam paddle float. And when I kayak camp, it makes a great cushion to sit on by the river.
I have not experienced the new generation of Pungos but I can tell the hull configuration is the same, or very close to it. I hope at sometime in the future Wilderness produces Duralight versions again! I'd probably get one for my wife!
Initial Stability: 10
Secondary Stability: 10
Speed: 6 (it beats a 10 or 12 ft rec. boat)
Construction: 9 After nine years and a lot of miles on the water the only problem I have had is the rear hatch cover has shrunk making it a real pain to close. No leaks, no fading, even the bungees have held up well.
This light has great visibility and is simple to install on any kayak that has either bungee lines or eyelets for bungee lines. When attached to a bungee line it will not be quite as secure as attached to an eyelet, but the well thought out cord tightened clip will hold the light in place in most circumstances.
In short, I had to order another one for my wife's kayak. The light stands high enough to increase visibility even when it is behind you. I recommend it for anyone kayaking after dusk or before dawn.