These kayaks are a great recreational kayak for the family. We have 4 of them and along with 2 other kayaks and 2 canoes we can have outings with friends and the entire family. A very basic poly kayak with shin pads makes for a comfortable paddle. Speaking of paddles, you will want to up-grade from the paddle that comes with these kayaks... something a little stronger and more efficient. My only other comment is that it is difficult to find a splash skirt to fit the large cockpit opening. The large opening does make it easy to get in and out. I have had these kayaks in 2-4 foot waves on Lake Erie but plan on getting wet without a splash-skirt; they are stable even in rolling waves. I did roll in one on Lake Michigan trying to surf a good-size wave into shore. Great fun!