The Rio is not as fast as touring kayak, but faster than a lot of Recreational boats out there, and quite a bit faster than a regular canoe. The nylon cover is tough, and the Rio handles fast water beautifully. I have even had it in the ocean, and have paddled as far as 3 miles off shore with no trouble at all. You can't go wrong with this boat, or it's big brother, the Colorado.
This boat is nearly indestructible, stable, yet agile, and very fast for it's size. You need to add paddle and rod holders to it, and it'll do anything except World Class Whitewater. I added a set of retractable pontoons (EBay-$127.00), and now I can even stand up to cast and bowfish from it.
For the money, you can't beat this for an all-around Kayak.