This canoe can haul a lot of gear for long trips and still ride high in the water with plenty free board. The handling is fantastic with quick response to shoot rapids. If your looking for a tough canoe you can't go wrong with an old town Appalachian
I bought a Carbon haul Epic 18X 5 years ago to use for USCA racing. The 18X is in my opinion the fastest kayak in it's class. It is very easy to handle and can handle the occasional bumps on the river. The kayak can haul enough gear on camping trips to stay out for weeks on end when you need to get away for awhile.
I have owned dozens of kayaks over the years and the Epic 18X is by far the best I have had the pleasure to paddle. I highly recommend the Epic.