We loved the Trailblazer for what it was designed for, recreational paddling on calm flat water. It’s a great kayak to paddle around your favorite lake or pond, a slow smooth flowing creek. Though you can paddle it in choppy and windy conditions in our opinion it is not the best choice for that kind of venture. It was designed for the person who wants to get out on the water, have fun and not sink a ton of money into that endeavor while still getting a well made boat. It is a great entry level kayak that won’t break your bank account to get into and you won’t feel like you wasted your money as long as you understand it’s uses and limitations. Still like and use mine every summer.