My wife and I purchased both the xl160, and the xl139 for her. We find them to be very stable, fast, and a pleasure to be in. We are both in our 50's and have not been in kayaks very long, but have paddled canoes for 30 (or more) years. We live in the Northeast kingdom of Vermont, and are looking forward to many more trips down the connecticut river. Come and join us, and possibly envy the way these kayaks perform for two "older" kayakers.