Neumie - I'm not advocating the Eagle Talon because I know nothing about it other than the sale price looked like a very good deal to me, but I'm not sure that the weight is really an issue. The listed weight of 68 pounds may be an "honest" figure; I'm not so sure about some of the other kayak manufacturers and their reported kayak weights. Example: Cobra lists the 12.5 foot Navigator XF at 48 pounds - I find that pretty hard to believe. My beloved Manta Ray 12 is listed at 64 pounds and it sure feels a lot heavier than that when I'm lifting it off the ground and over my head........
I'm in the same boat as you. (ummmm, no pun intended) I made my opinions based on the different kayak hulls I have gotten to paddle.
I do believe that this is a great kayak for its price; it's got it all. The tankwell is well thought out, it comes with great accessories, and it looks like a very solid kayak.
I liken it to a cross between a Tarpon 120 and a Redfish 12. I believe it to be a nice cross-over between the two. More stability and tracking than the Tarpon 120, but a slightly wetter ride and more stubborn turning radius.
I know kayak manufacturers are "light" on their weights, but that kayak does feel heavy. My favorite kayak is the Perception Search 15. It's arguably, the heaviest sit-on-top fishing kayak ever made, but it is pretty awesome.