I have an '01 Odyssey 15. I use this canoe for solo river tripping. It easily handles my camping and fishing gear (I take too much stuff). I am a knees on the floor paddler and find it a solid platform for what I do. It does not turn as well as the 14 foot model, but it has better initial stability and it's better in the straights. I rate on what I use it for and I love to spend days and nights traveling Missouri Ozark rivers with the Odyssey 15 as my companion.