I know I'm probably sticking my nose into folks' business here, but have you tried anything in the Jackson line? When I bought fairly recently, I'd considered the Juice 6.9 (leaks like a sieve! also, wasn't a huge fan???), but was more settled on the EZG vs/ one of the Jackson Funs.
Luckily got to paddle both one weekend, and ultimately went with the Jackson. As time has passed, I've been more & more pleased with my decision (I was pretty torn at first: it's like, other than about $300, they were comparable boats, y'know?
)-- the jackson is very stable and responsive, well-suited for what I'm doing right now (mostly river running); the EZG seemed a little more edgy and "tippy" to me, but in its defense I was a) only in the boat a couple of times, and b) only a few months into things (at least on a regular basis) at the time.
I'm fairly certain CKS carries both lines though, and you could probably demo the Jackson if you had any interest (I'm unaffiliated-- just unsolicited 3rd party opinion here): and Sooner, THANKS SO MUCH for the mention of Mark! TOTALLY forgot I owed him a phone call-- so gracias!