My father, brother and I used this canoe for forty plus years. It has been a great work-horse and it still competes with more modern designs. The kevlar construction makes it very light and easy to portage. Many modern canoes don't have keels, I like the keel on the Adventure 16 as it aids in tracking on big open water. The canoe has been in the Boundary Waters, Quetico, Isle Royale, Kentuck and has always performed well in big water and river conditions.