I've rented kayaks for a number of years and had been researching lightweight kayaks to purchase. This past Mother's Day, our family made the trek to REI and ordered my Elie Strait 120. I've taken this kayak out a handful of times in the past 2 months on both river and lakes - in light current, chop and smooth waters. This kayak has handled beautifully in all. It is very stable, and tracks really well. With a long bow, I stayed dry even when exposed to pretty heavy chop.
I am 5'10" and have long legs that have made entry in some of the other women's light weight kayaks difficult. The Elie Strait 120 has lots of room for easy entry and there is plenty of leg room within.
I am able to lift and carry the kayak without any problem and am getting more proficient at sliding it into a Thule "Glide and Set" on top of our van.
There is a fair amount of storage and it might be possible to do an overnighter with compact gear. The hinged storage hatch is really easy to use and the dry sack they've incorporated into the front is handy.
The one thing I would do to alter this design is to add a bulkhead in the bow of the boat. I'm planning on putting a floatation device in.
I love this kayak - it is one that is suitable for paddlers of varied experience and perfect for women.
For the money this is one very good overall package. I purchased it during an REI sale so it was an even better value. The one manufacturer mod I would suggest is a bow bulkhead. Initially the boat took on a little water. Two things cured the problem - I installed small rubber washers on the footbrace screws and also ran a bead of clear caulk around the front hatch bezel. The bow does kick up water so spray skirt is helpful. I have a kevlar and a glass boat - this is my fun, take anywhere, anytime boat.