Bought my 16' SOAR year before last. Needed somethng a little more stable than my Legend 16 to carry my wife around in. She's a non-paddler, non-swimmer. The boat is just as easy to handle in the water as my royalex legend was. in fact, it's less prone to wind effects than a regular canoe. Hypalon tubes are tough and handle rocks, abrasions well. Very stable. Have run class II and III with no problems. The boat is just a little heavy and hard to get into its own carry bag. Well worth the money and rates a 10 out of 10.