After paddling the 2019 Malibu X Factor for several months ( about 500 hours on the water) there are definite pros and cons. I've owned the original X Factor before and comparing the two, I prefer the older model. So here's my opinion on the 2019 model. First off the quality from the factory is horrible. So many blems, and the holes cut for the flush mount rod holders look like they were cut with a chainsaw. Cons of the design, the xseat is over weight, the stand up bar is useless. The front rod holders are useless, unless your arms are 5' long. Zero storage compared to the original X Factor. The bait tank compartment makes it so you can't steal your rods inside and retrieve them from the front hatch near the seat. Scupper hole drainage is noisy and a wet ride the whole time, doesn't drain all the water, so you constantly have a puddle under your seat and feet. I preferred the four corner locking rectangular patches compared to the single lever rectangular hatch every time you open the hatch it lets water inside from the recessed cavity for the lever. Transducer Mount ready only if you drill a 1 inch hole in by$30 of extra Hardware to install your Fishfinder. Also you have to purchase reinforcing foam blocks due to their design flaw in the seating area. I'm not a big guy but it's ridiculous that the plastic deforms that easily. Hatches don't keep water out. Feels less stable I don't know if they changed the design of the whole to distribute water differently but the original I could literally ride on the bow and paddle. I wouldn't even attempt to do that now on this model. Unfortunately the only Pros that I can think for this model is the recessed track, the carrying handles are nice, and that's about it other than that I would definitely recommend looking into a kayak with some form of drive system.