I purchased the CD Kestral 120 HV for my better half two years ago. Didn't look for any alternatives because no one, and I mean NO ONE, makes a better kayak for the money than Current Designs. We have owned and used a passel of kayaks over our thirty some years of wedded bliss...(no reference to another CD model).
The Kestrel 12' kayaks stand head and shoulders over any currently available "rec" boat. You are advised. Widest smile from my 54 yr old sweetheart since the day we got hitched. Just to qualify this gushing endorsement, we have owned boats from 8 mfg.'s and ran a kayak / canoe sales& rental for several years. We've run rivers and lakes all over the NE. Get this boat! Give it some time if you're a beginner. You won't be sorry.