This is the first kayak that I have owned. I have lots of canoeing and a little kayaking experience. We have several area rivers with class I & II runs. I have also spent time on several lakes. I did not expect a high performance touring or whitewater craft. I did expect a craft with reasonable stability, tracking, maneuverability, and portability. That is what I got. This boat is just plain fun. It was well worth the money.