I started out looking at the cheapies at Academy, then the Eagle Talon at Dicks while it was on sale. After realizing everything I would have to do to it to get the Talon where I wanted it, along with buying a cart for it, I decided I should just go for better quality to begin with.
Wound up at Austin C&K and saw the Feel Free Moken series. While it's definitely more money than I was originally planning on spending, I know it will be worth it.
I went ahead and ordered a Moken 10 Lite, the attraction being the wheel in the keel and the smaller size and weight being more manageable for me, especially out of the water. Loading it into my truck, hauling it up and down steep banks for the load in points in the rivers in the Hill Country, etc. I'm 5'1", 125, and will be taking it out by myself a lot of the time. I will mostly be fishing in the rivers and lakes around here, Canyon Lake, the Blanco River, Guadalupe, Pedernales, etc.
I did consider the Moken 12.5 too for the presumably extra speed the longer length would bring and I'm now having second thoughts because I would also like to occasionally fish at the coast as well. I would like to fish protected bays down there as well as maybe taking it out just off the beach, just a little past where I can wade out to while surf fishing. I know longer is better for this, but I'm leery of going too long and heavy. I don't want the size to be a deterrent to taking it out regularly locally, which is where I will be 95% of the time. Like I said, I'm athletic and I've worked on ranches and handled heavy objects a lot, so I'm more capable than many females my size, but this is also for fun! LOL.
Anyone (or your SO) have experience with the 12.5? Is the length worth the extra weight and how manageable is it in and out of the water for someone my size? Or should I stick with something I know for sure I can easily just load and go? Especially when I will only be at the coast a few times a year?
FYI, I'm staying away from the Lure series due to weight, plus I like sitting right on the kayak and feeling a part of it.