The Mad River Explorer canoe is a great all-around canoe. It is roomy and can easily fit 2 (or 3 people with a middle cushion or seat) and your gear. It has great secondary buoyancy, so when you start to tip, the canoe often stops before the gunwhale touches the water. The keel allows you to lean to the opposite side you are paddling on for quicker turns. It is also decent in the weight category. Mine has held up great for over 9 years now.