Submitted: 08-15-2001 by ACE
I'm new to the sport and this is my first kayak purchase. I looked at the Dagger Cypress, Wilderness Systems Manteo, and Trinity Bay Venture. I'll be using my kayak at a nearby lake. Ultimately, I went with the Manteo because it was available through a local dealer at a good price (less than $600). I liked the Venture too; it's a bit longer boat. Both are fast in the water, very stable, provide good storage, and track well. A good beginner kayak. I'm rating the Manteo a 7, because I've found it difficult to car-top by myself- it weighs 60 pounds whereas the Cypress weighs 50. I'm really enjoying it and working on my paddle strokes!