Weight specs, as posted, are often wrong. Some manufacturers do and list weights without hatch covers, outfitting, etc. I would go and check boats out in a shop and pick them up to check weight. Also get butt time in the boats paddling them, as not all boats are comfortable to all people.
One way to get lighter is change materials. Rotomolded plastic is what you currently use, and it is the heaviest. Next lightest would be thermoformed plastic. Then composites. As you go lighter, unfortunately, prices go up.
I believe Elie is a thermoformed boat, so should be lighter. But I have also heard they use a thicker plastic, so in the end there is no weight benefit.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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