Like Music on the water! I bought my Zydeco 9 last summer (2018) specifically for its shorter length (9 feet) and lighter weight (less than 40 lbs.). I am a shorter (5'2") & older woman (70 years) and wanted something I could easily lift myself and transport inside my small SUV. The color I chose (Freeze) is awesome and I get so many compliments on its beautiful colors. It tracks well and I can easily keep up with paddlers who have 10 foot kayaks. The seat is almost plush compared to other kayaks I have been in and it is very comfortable. I also love the convenient way the foot rests can be easily adjusted while you are in the kayak. With my other kayaks you need to adjust the foot rests before you get in the kayak. My only complaint is why is the water bottle holder underneath the seat padding? I fixed that by buying a Can-coctions Can-panion beverage holder for $4.