The Isle au Haut in Kevlar is a joy to paddle. I am 73 years old and came in second in my category in a 6 mile race in the Adirondack Lakes of New York. I can easily carry/load and unload the kayak on to my car. I have gotten a top speed of 7.2 miles per hour (GPS maximum speed) on a flat lake. The tracking is excellent and a slight bit of skeg handles most wind conditions. I purchased the boat for workouts and fast trips. I am 5'8" and 160 pounds and the cockpit seems to agree with me. I definitely recommend the Isle au Haut for the senior paddler who wants to cover distance in comfort.