I have taken the StraitEdge2 out three times now. I continue to be impressed by the basic stability. I have been out in significant ocean swells with winds up to 15 knots with no problem. I have to reiterate that if you are intending doing distance paddling as a solo paddler, you will get there in the end, but it is not a fast craft and you need to plan accordingly. I have paddled this with a passenger, but only with one person paddling; Progress will increase significantly with two paddlers. It would be a light kayak with two person power. Paddling into the wind was not to bad at all, a pleasant surprise. This kayak had no problems holding two passengers, combined weight of 390 lbs; we could have loaded her up with plenty of extra gear with no problem. If you want a very stable, load bearing sit-on-top kayak this is a good choice.