I bought one of the first production boats and have been paddling it since. Itâ€™s a lot of fun in everything but the pools. The length would tempt you to think old school, but youâ€™d be closer to the truth viewing it as a stretched and narrowed creeker. The significant rocker and volume separate it from the early generation of kayaks. With the extreme rocker it turns on a dime. Few fail to be surprised when they try it out. The narrow beam makes it a breeze to edge and roll. Itâ€™s as maneuverable, if not more so, than the 8â€™ river runners I own. If you arenâ€™t paddling constantly on the flats, it will invariably spin out on you. Itâ€™ll ferry and eddy turn okay, but lacks the edge for a sharp carve. But, itâ€™s at home in the foamy stuff. It punches holes and boofs with ease. Draws and sideslipping get you on the line you want with little problem. Attainments are a snap. It resurfaces smartly in drops. The outfitting is comfortable and fairly adjustable. Thereâ€™s room to spare for big feet. There are a couple molding flaws on mine and there were some loose nuts rattling around in the bilge when I took delivery. The narrow beam and extra length require a little more attentiveness than my standard creek boat. But, there is a return on the investment.