Well, I've had my Adirondack Royalex (62 pounds) for over a year now. It's a good, well built "all around" canoe. I use it for small lake fishing and rivers up to class 2. No complaints. Well built and stable for me alone or with my wife. I am sure a couple of kids thrown in would be fine. The Adirondack will surfice for week long canoe trips given that I BW canoe trip for a week or more. But, I would prefer a lighter (for portages) and more trip (open large lake water)oriented canoe. I would recommend the Adirondack as a very good general/all purpose canoe. And, do not hesitate using it for longer river trips (as opposed to longer large lake trips). It's a good canoe. I like it.