I've paddled the Nigel Foster Shadow for a year now. It is a great expedition kayak. I found it to be both responsive and capable if it is nicely loaded, It turns well when put on edge, and rolls back up just fine. Rolling it for me requires lifting up out of the seat. I am rating this as an expedition kayak and as an intermediate paddler. I don't believe this is the kayak for beginners or lightly loaded day touring. So if I were rating under those criteria, it would be lower.