I'm the kind of person that tends to do a lot of research and buy "top end" items to avoid having to upgrade in the future. However, this boat (probably considered "low end") is perfect for my needs.
My primary concern was to be able to carry and car-top the boat without help. I'm 5'1" and have no upper body strength and I handle this boat easily. I paddle calm lakes/rivers and therefore don't experience much problem in the way of tracking. It's not a fast boat but its purpose is for exercise, not speed. It is stable enough for me to easy hop on/off for swimming breaks. Also I like the durable shell- as I often drag it to the water (over grass/some rocks) if there is no ramp. Also - shorter = easier to store indoors. Love it!!!