This is a good wilderness tripper. Good speed on open water, tracks well, OK glide, turns in moving water (have not had it out in any class 3 yet), good primary and great secondary stability and you can stand up to scout rapids.
You can easily put in a propack and small pack and still trim it so the gear is not jammed in the ends. If I was ordering one I ask for aluminum trim to save weight. Or look for a used Royalite.
This a better canoe than the SuperNova (not as fast). The Mad river Guide(aka solo Freedom) is nice but lacks the volume for extended trips.I concur with the previous review. On flat water, no wind, it's am agile and quick canoe, easily kept on track. Not too shabby in a light crosswind breeze, either.
On a solo canoe trip, with a pack fore and aft, it really shows it's tracking abilities. on rivers and streams that twist and turn it is very maneuverable. I do wish that it had a sliding seat to better distribute weight, but when tripping, pack placement does the trick. The kneeling pads are great.
I suggest the use of 303 Protectant on the hull for UV protection and to keep the boat looking great.