Just picked up a Vortex. I have a few smaller play boats but for river running and creeking I think it's a great boat. I'm only 140 so I don't sit very deep in the water and have found it to be very easy to use for a boat its size not its a bit outdated but a timeless design for a displacement hull. I think it'd be unfair to try to compare it to smaller play boats but for blastin down a river on over nite trips its a great boat but unless ur pushin 200 lbs don't expect to do any cartwheels.
If ur lookin for a fun boat with lots of room buy one but don't spend a lot of money there's plenty of them floatin around I got mine for 150 with paddle helmet and skirt I love it