As an old hardshell kayaker I think this is an amazing product. I took a break for 10 years to raft with the family and have purchased 2 gently used Aire Force duckies and love them in every way. Much easier to transport and set up. They are extremely stable through all types of water and amazing similar in agility to a hardshell. My kids love them on the big trips and I can deflate them and store them quickly. I cannot say enough superlatives.