I am very happy with my Spitfire. I paddle it for fun on lakes, ponds and slow rivers. I've used it for several canoe camping trips involving carrying 45 lbs of gear and upwards of 2 miles of portages. And it's a fishing machine! It paddles well; keeps a straight line; and I am comfortable in it in rough waters on big lakes. And it's tough!! I blast through beaver dams when I can!!