This kayak is wonderful for all the reasons others have named. However nobody talks about the size of the kayak. It is too big for smaller people. It is too wide and the sides high for a 5'3'' person who is relatively strong (me). I have to hoist the paddle until it is level with my shoulders to be able to reach the water. Then, as I engage in this strength building exercise, I must also spread my arms wider than my shoulders so I can apply enough force on the paddle to move the kayak forward! The positive is that you will be stronger in the end!!