I love Riot kayak. I have owned a Riot Brittany 16.5 touring kayak for over 10 years, yellow & orange and and still loving it. It looks great and performed wonderfully. The glide is nice, it's fast for the length, and the seat's been comfortable. I would assume the 14.5 would be the same. Should be stable but fast, lightweight and easy to transport. 14.5 feet should be easy to manoeuver in the water and Good in open waters. Looks like a great kayak, that should easily suit the needs of newbies, intermediates, and beyond. Looking forward to a great summer of kayaking.