I got one for my wife who likes white water but not being upside down skirted in. As a novice she runs class I & II with ease. I would take it on class III water w/o hesitation. It's stable, track surprisingly well even though it has a lot of rocker and turns easily. A few things I'd would like to see done differently by AE are moving the floor valve - it's a bit difficult to get to; changing the plastic seat back buckles to Stainless D rings for durability. If one breaks, the strap is sewn to the hull. And finally, the zippers on the hull are right in line with your ankle when using the thigh straps. These are minor things and overall, the boat is well made has had a season of WW, rocks, etc with no issues. I've taken it out in a bay and fished from it when my wife let me borrow it.