The Affinity 8.6 is a great kayak for the money and we love ours. A word of caution is hope that you will never need replacement parts as the distributor is terrible. We ordered a $15 set of plugs and were charged over $30 for shipping. They put an incomplete address on the label and then told us we would be charged an additional fee to have it corrected so the package would be delivered! The absolute worst customer service and to date neither the president of the distribution center or Clearwater Leisure has responded to my complaint. So just be warned, but the kayak is great!