I purchased my Dagger Zydeco in the early months of 2014. It is a 9ft, 38 pound kayak and very easy for a woman to carry. My first kayak was a squirrelly, heavy sit on top which I enjoyed but not the kayak for me. I sold it right after my yellow dagger arrived. This kayak has sported me thru creeks, the James River, and several lakes! I find it smooth, easy handling, and perfect for this 55 year old woman to easiy strap onto the top of my vehicle and head out for a great paddle. Sure it has alot of scuff marks, scratches, showing lots of wear, but I wouldn't trade it! As a matter of fact, if the need ever arises, I will most likely purchase another!