This is the first Kayak I have owned. I have paddled several others so I have some experience. This Kayak is inflatable and made of a heavy duty rubber material. It tracks well but hard to turn. The outer shell does not line up with the frame and the hose on the pump to inflate the Yak split the second time I used it. I can't find a replacement so I rapped it in duct tape but that doesn't work well. Next Kayak will be a hard shell.