Posted by: RobG on Oct-15-12 9:49 PM (EST)
Where are you located? I haven't seen that in any of your posts. If you're anywhere near NW Oregon, email me or something. I have a Tempest 165 and a Perception Essence 17 you're welcome to come sit in or even test paddle.
From what I've read, the Expression 15 sounds like a good boat. It's a hair smaller than my Essence (in terms of cockpit and deck height), but the deck height will help fit your shoe size I think. I'm no expert at this; I've been working through my own fitment issues in another thread with all of these fine people on this site.
But if you can get a refund, I strongly recommend it. I picked up my Tempest and Essence for about $600 each. Both are a few years old, but they're in good condition. If you have an iOS device (iPhone or iPad), get one of the Craigslist apps and plug in all the regions around you that you'd be willing to travel to if you found something you liked, then search. It's better than trying to do it on the computer. But that way you'd have a better selection of boats to choose from.