Just returned from 84-mile river trip on lower canyons Rio Grande. Rapids splashed on front sinking so really should use spray skirt for rough water. Osprey held up nicely to rough water, rapids & rocks for a great long canoe trip. 16 footer poly canoe cracked on same trip. I am glad Ospry has royalex hull it just has some dings & scratches from trip. Great all around canoe for me to use for many years.