Best Canoe of this size I have ever paddled. While it is not the fastest craft on the water, the stability, seaworthiness, and maneuverability are unparalleled. This is a great canoe for a quick paddle after work, or a week long trip. The low seats make for a very stable ride, and it's low profile makes it easy to handle in strong winds. We've used it with dogs and infants, on rivers and lakes, and in 3-4 foot chop on Lake Superior with ease. Transportation is a breeze as it is light enough even in the Royalex version to easily throw on your shoulders. We've paddled with the composite version of this boat as well, and the composite version has a cleaner entry and exit at the water line making it a bit faster over the water.