As a solo the canoe is as responsive as any other of Phils' hulls, just a bit wider than I like in a solo. I hope to get one of my own when I have children. This is a boat that kids can grow with. For two women this would be a hot freestyle tandem.
The 15'8" is not the best solo that Blackhawk made, but solo's better than any other tandem I have tried. As a solo tripper it would really shine. These are great boats that have not been made in some time now. If one pops up for sale you should only test paddle it if you can afford to buy it.