After over 10 years of kayaking in my Old Town Loon, my getting older joints asked for a lighter kayak. I researched online and then looked at the Santee Sport at the Canoecopia event in Madison. I bought the Santee Sport after trying it out on the water a few months later. I have used it for several years and do appreciate its lighter weight. However it has several drawbacks. Its shorter bow has led to water washing into the boat when there are waves (I do not have a spray skirt for it). It also feels more tippy than the solid Loon. The seat fastener ball tends to slip out of its holder, and the foot rests are not that easy to adjust. So it is my kayak of choice when on quiet waters when I need to carry it further.