I have paddled a Keewaydin 14 extensively for three years now throughout the Adirondack Mountains, primarily on remote rivers and small lakes/ponds as well as just some straight away paddling for exercise on open stretch of the Hudson River. I am constantly transporting it on my SUV, portaging it and pulling it over or around beaver dams. At 5' 10" and 61 years old, I appreciate the light weight and portability this boat offers however it's performance on the water is also a strength. It is quite maneuverable on narrow, serpentine rivers but also is easy to get up to and maintain a cruising speed with little effort on more open water. The seat is very comfortable. Inspite of some lower back issues, I can paddle 4-6 hours between rest stops and that is normally for a bio break. Stability is good even in somewhat rough conditions however I do struggle with windcocking when the winds come up. Although I try to protect a sizable investment, I have bounced it off rocks, scraped more underwater obstructions than I care to think about and wacked a few trees when carrying it ( all of which make we flinch) but there is nothing more the cosmetic scrapes. I couldn't be more pleased with this boat and expect many more years of enjoyment.