It's a great value because it's versatile. For the money, you get a 1 or 2 man kayak. Not bad for a recreational kayaker. It's also versatile as to where you can store it. Since it's an inflatable, it's great for apartment dwellers like me. I don't have much room so compressing the kayak into a bag is great. I also like the fact that it does not look like a cheap inflatable toy boat in the pool. It's pretty stable. Since it's an inflatable, it is also not rigid. I rode through where there are wakes created by motorboats and the kayak would absorb the forces of the waves without the fear of tipping over. The rigid aluminum frame for the stern and the bow really does work cutting through the water. I would not say that it would glide through the water as well as a rigid kayak but for what it is, it's perfect. It's quick to set up, too! I don't have to mount the kayak on top of the car to take it from my home to the water. I just throw it into the trunk and go. Since it's in the car, I'm not concerned about the security of the kayak and it does not create more drag on top. Pumping air into the kayak does not take long either. I think I clocked myself 20 minutes to get it all set up. Although it stores well, you'll need to have room to let it air dry to make sure it's clean and dry to prevent it from getting moldy (like you would your tent). Overall, I recommend this kayak. If you see yourself not having a lot of storage space and not serious enough about spending the money on a rigid kayak than this is the kayak for you.