I've been canoeing for years, and spent a considerable amount of time choosing a first kayak. We were looking for more room in our canoe for weekend camp trips (2 kids, dog, wife and I and gear - we moved like a barge). We wanted a kayak for general recreation and the ability to store gear to ease the load in the canoe on camp trips. I eliminated the Old Town's, of which my 2 canoes are both, because they felt heavy and slow in the water. It came down to three choices - the Wilderness Systems Manteo, the Acadia, and the Cypress.
After testing the three, I eliminated the Acadia. Strictly based on comfort. The Cypress and Manteo were more comfortable (I'm 5'8'', 170#'s) to sit for long periods. The Manteo and Cypress were both excellent, but I choose the Cypress because it weighed less, was narrower, and I liked the hull designed. (My family and I will use it primarily on lakes and rivers.)
I can only say that it performs excellent, is comfortable, and I'll have it for a long long time. Everyone who's used it has nothing but positive things to say about it. It fits my kids, they can handle it, and is easy to get gear in and out of. In lakes, it handles great through boat wakes, is stable, and easy to control. In rivers, it's absolutely beautiful.
For those looking for a fast, stable, recreational kayak, this boat is a great choice. I paid $550, which I thought was a good price. The only negative is that the decals appeared cheap. To me, who cares. I will say, my next kayak will be another Dagger, only longer - probably 16' long.
One last thought - spend as much time as you need to make the right decision, but if you're on the edge, this is a great kayak. You won't be disappointed.