Bought this boat after owning the Legend version and I am completely satisfied with every aspect of this canoe's performance. Initial and secondary stability are spot on! My wife and I have used this boat on the St. Frances, White and Black Rivers in Arkansas; the Mighty Mississippi; Ocoee River and Indian Boundary Lake in Tennessee; Blackwater, Big Coldwater, Yellow, Perdido Rivers in Florida; Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia with alligators bumping the bottom of the boat. The royalex lay up on this boat is bomb proof. We have paddled countless lakes and rivers in Alabama and never come close to flipping.
Mad River has done an excellent job of reproducing this LEGENDary design that Dagger had so much success with. I recommend this boat and if it wears out within the next 100 years, I will be buying another one; but I am sure it will outlast me.My Legend 16 is 16 years old this year. The outer hull finally wore through in one place this July while we were doing the low water John Day, but it has left literally thousands of miles of red streaks on rocks.
We're addicted to solitude and rivers, two things that seem to go together less every year. But if you're willing to hit a few rocks, there are still week long trips where you won't see another soul.
The Legend is the perfect boat for this kind of stuff. I've watched my friends destroy their Explorers and Trippers, and finally buy Legends. It is a pig in flat water, but I've paddled hundreds of hours into the wind, (and much less with the wind) and it keeps right up with the faster boats.