Thanks to all of you that have tried both and shared your thoughts. I really question the old volume specs though - 57 gallons?? My hubby's playboat is 56 gal and when you put them side by side, there is just no way they are even remotely the same.
How about rolling them - do they feel the same? My 7.5 practically auto rolls. Being a smallish woman, the low side rails make it easy for me to get the paddle out of the water. I would hate to sacrifice that.
The extra volume in the stern would be nice. I guess I should make a road trip somewhere to demo. I just live so far away from any kayak stores that carry dagger. But I do really appreciate all the comments - it is great to hear from all of you.