I'm reviewing the Royalex version. I did a lot of searching to find a 15-foot canoe that would work as a small tandem in some of the tighter streams near home and also as a solo in some of the class 1-2 streams I paddle here in West Michigan. The positives -- tracks really well for a 15'x36" boat, but also turns exceptionally well. The wide middle is good for gear or dogs, but also for stability if you solo the boat on a saddle. This was designed to be a shorter do-all hull and I think they pretty much nailed it. The drawback is going to be speed -- if you're paddling flat water with a herd of 18-footers, you're going to have to work to keep up. I gave it 5 stars because I couldn't give it 4.75. If it was 34 or 35 inches wide vs 36, it would be the absolute perfect boat for tight, twisty, woody or rocky streams. As it is, it's pretty close.