I purchased my first kayak in 1977, a composite whitewater model, and since then, I have owned more than 15 boats of various makes and materials. The one I plan to stay with is my Current Designs Solstice GTS Kevlar. I picked it up on Craigslist, and was a little nervous when I saw it was the Soltice model with the smallest cockpit. I am 6' / 210 pounds, and the literature said it was designed for a "small to medium" paddler. But the price was fantastic, so I bought it, and was not disappointed. Most of my kayaking has been in whitewater, so I am used to being "squeezed" into a boat. I actually prefer the feel of close-contact to having lots of free movement around my hips. Anyway, the kayak handles beautifully, tracks like an arrow, yet allows for quick maneuvers with a simple lean. The rudder system is very functional, but it took me a little while to get used to the Sea-lect foot brace. The boat employs what is referred to as the North American design, which I prefer, especially in large waves. The hatch covers are bomb-proof, and lie flat on the deck. I routinely get compliments on the style and smooth lines of the kayak from other paddlers. When I purchased the boat, one of the selling points was the Kevlar. I am 70 years old, and had visions of flipping this light-weight kayak on my shoulder with one hand. However, it is heavier than I had expected (17.5 feet long, and a nice solid layup don't make for a featherweight boat), but I can still hoist it on my car without assistance. All-in-all. I am happy I purchased the Solstice GTS, and don't expect to be selling it any time soon.