I love my Minnesota II. The kevlar layup weighs in at about half of what my old Alumacraft did and that is just the beginning. It paddles fast, holds a line even in a crosswind, and is easily maneuvered in tight spaces. How it can track so well in open water yet turn on a dime at slow speeds is beyond my understanding. I use it mostly for BWCA trips but occasionally on the lakes around town. I cannot say enough good things about it.