Very easy to paddle and stable through mild rapids. Enjoy the narrow fit and being able to feel as one with the kayak. The only downfall to the kayak, and I am 5'5" with an average inseam of 29", size 10N shoe, 140 lbs, is the fact my leg comes all the way to the front of the kayak with almost no wiggle room for my legs and feet. I purchased this kayak because of a review from a male 5'10" 160 #,(I think) and his review said he had more than ample room. ??? Was he delusional on his size? I wonder. Boy, if I had another 2 inches for leg length I would be over the top for this kayak.