My wife bought a pair of these for Father's Day last year so we could both get out on the water together. We got a very good deal on two with paddles and we have been very happy for the most part as beginners. They seem very stable and comfortable. The only downside they seem to move side to side with each paddle stroke, just slightly, but noticeable. This could be due to inexperienced paddlers. Overall for a recreational and/or beginner kayak I think the Swifty 9.5 is a great value.