One of the downsides to REI is that you can't go and test boats except the few times they have their demos. Also, they don't usually have a lot of these boats on the floor for you to even sit in. Unless you are using rebate money and are locked in to REI, it might be better to look at local kayak shops instead.
That said, I am a little surprised. Not normal to find someone who can roll who doesn't have some idea of what boats work (unless you are coming over from whitewater, so just don't know much about touring).
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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