I've been flying for over 20 years and this is still my most favorite airplane. I've built 3 over the years and each was a pleasure to build and fly.
The Eagle 2 is so stable and predictable. It's the plane I fly when I just want to relax and have some fun sport flying. I highly recommend it.
As far as the kit or ARF version... while I agree that watching the plane you spent countless hours building bite the dust really sucks, there's no better feeling then when you see your own creation break ground and touch the sky.