Did a test paddle on this kayak last week and it's a big let down. Why? Read: first off, the kayak uses the standard weight PVC light material on the bottom and if you think this will hold up on white water..good luck, it won't. The kayak is just not made well enough for heavy duty use. For the same price one can get into the tried and true Aire Tomcat series or the NRS Bandit series that are of a much higher quality (valves, material, warranty, performance). Pass on this one.
The bag comes with backpack handles and is fairly easy to carry even with paddles to make both hands free. The package contains everything, no need to look for paddles and seats separately. Inflation and deflation is very quick due to boston valves and two way supplied pump with pressure gauge. Assembly of seats is easy and they are comfortable. The boat, once inflated, is easy to carry even by one person. I tried the boat in the lake and it behaved very nice. The bottom is quite rigid that it enables you to stand if necessary and with a stabilizer fin it glides quite well through the water. I may say that it is a bit wind sensitive, but that is inflatables compromise for handiness. Still remains to be seen how it behaves on white water, but I believe it will be as good. The quality seems to be good, there is no loss of pressure in chambers even after half a day on the water. Materials look and feel quite solid. Last, but not least, it is quite comfortable for two people with a bit of careful seat adjustment in order to have some room left for bags.
New model inflatable, I just upgraded. I had narrowed my search to Sea Eagle Fast Track and Advance Element Straightedge, but they were both about $1,100. This new product seemed to have everything they had for about $700. Drop stitch floor for dog claws and lightweight (this is 12' long, 25 lbs) were 2 big factors. Rated for Class III/IV rapids, plenty of floor drains, and stitching seems very good.
Couldn't be happier, and I love the price.