I took a close look at the specs on the 4 current Long Haul models. They do look very well built but they are far wider in the beam than I like, personally.
So I think it would be best if you narrow down what specs you want in a folder and then concentrate on what best suits the performance and budget. The Long Hauls look like they would be great for ruggedness and baggage capacity but you would sacrifice lightness -- their smallest boat, the 13' Ute, is 12 lbs heavier than my 15' FC Wisper. In fact the Ute weighs as much as my 15' plastic sea kayak! Their Mark I solo is a whopping 69 lbs, topping most plastic and composite boats of that size. That also makes it a no-go for meeting the 50 lb airline limit on baggage.
A folder that can't meet the first piece luggage limit for travel loses a lot of points with me. Most of the single FC and PB models are well undeer 50 lbs, even with paddle, PFD and sprayskirt in the bag.
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