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Great board for experienced users. Those over 200 lbs may have more difficulty. I'm 6'5 and 225. It works for me but I am at the limit of who I would recommend this board for. Otherwise I recommend buying this board. Pros Quick turning and good in the surf. Cons Not for beginners. Usage Surfing on oceans and lakes in upstate NY.

Just purchased this kayak last month and have had it out three times. On the Trough section of Potomac it handled Class II and III rapids and ledges with ease. On lakes it tracked and turned well.

At 13 feet this boat is a great size and has versatility to handle a variety of conditions for a larger paddler. I'm 6'1" and 155 lbs. It is a bit heavy. Seat feels flimsy but is comfortable.

I purchased a used Orion in March. I have had it out…

I purchased a used Orion in March.
I have had it out four times and each time has been more enjoyable than the previous. It edges well, is extremely maneuverable and stable. Of all the boats I have owned (Dagger, QCC, Current Designs) this one is the best overall kayak. I like it so much that I just purchased a second one. Great boat for novice to expert level kayakers. I am 6'1" and 230 and have plenty of room.

I just purchased two used Waldens. The manuals says that they will fit a person to 6'5". I'm 6'1" and am not going into the boat. The front deck is not raised enough to let one's feet slide in. Also, the boat is 27" wide but the cockpit opening is not very wide. Poor design. The deck hardware also seems flimsy. Probably not a bad creek boat as the plastic looks thick, but only a good boat for those who play around a pond or small lake.

A good boat. Just picked up a 2006 Storm new for $900 and feel that I got a good deal. Spent a week on Florida lakes and rivers testing it out. At 6"1" and 225lbs. It fits me like a glove. Easy to enter and once in the thigh braces are positioned exactly where they need to be. The boat glides well and seems to maintain a 4-5 mph pace effortlessly. I spent 3 hours kayaking down the Salt River and never felt uncomfortable or like I needed to get out and stretch. Lower profile and glide lets me prefer this boat over the kevlar Solstice GT I just sold.

I have owned a carbon/kevlar 500 since last year. It is a good all round boat. Craftsmanship is excellent. It is certainly a large boat. Easy to enter and exit for big guys like me 6'1" and 225. It inspires a feeling of confidence in a beginning boater. Not too large and not to small. It would make a good touring boat. It blows around in strong winds a bit because so much boat is above the waterline. Overall a good boat.

I purchased a kevlar Titan last year. Took it to the Outer Banks and compared it to a QCC 500. In strong 30+ winds I couldn't control it. It blew everywhere. The QCC was a little better. The next day I took the two boats out and it took 30 strokes to turn the Titan 360 degrees. It took me 17 strokes to turn the QCC 500. I sold the Titan shortly thereafter. Too much boat out of the water. It is big and roomy for us bigger guys. I'm 6'1" and 225. The QCC was clearly a better, maneuverable boat.