I wanted a stable boat that could be used for lakes and large rivers. It has worked out very well for me as I love the stability and the speed that it offers. I find I can keep up with friends that have 15 and 16 footers. I went with the contour seat (standard) and am very happy with it. The IR backband (standard again) also works very well. I did order it with thigh-high braces which are really neat. The added comfort and control with the boat that they provide is well worth it.
I have been very pleased with this boat and would recommend to anyone (like me) who is looking to "cross into" light-touring realm. The service from Peregrine was excellent.