This kayak does well with a pilot under 200lbs even though it is technically rated for more. Last summer I did an overnight trip (170lb person and 30lbs of gear) and was pleasantly pleased with the kayaks performance. I would consider it a good buy for anyone looking for a kayak under $200.
Not sure of the top end weight allowance but had no problem as a 170lb person and easily 50lbs of gear lashed on top. This kayak is great for a sunny day out on a pond or lake.