I wrote a review praising my Spirit II ten years ago and guess what, I am still paddling it. Since it still makes me happy every time my wife and I use it I haven't found a reason to replace it. Ten years of dragging over cypress logs, across coral and down boat ramps topped of by lying in the killer sun in my back yard hasn't touched it. Neither has countless encounters with Alligators and manatees.
I mentioned in my first review that it blew off a roof rack while traveling at speed and it was not pretty anymore but the scrapes and dings did not affect it paddling ease and stablility. Still paddles great and is as tough as the day we bought it. If you want and easy paddling, tough boat that will carry you your spouse and a day of gear great get a kevlar Spirit II.