"great" is subjective
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-22-12 12:54 PM (EST)
just as subjective as "popular". To me the question is what kind of kayak is the user looking for, what is the proficiency of the kayaker, and what kind of conditions and paddling will the user be doing?
I'll give you a vaguely related analogy: At one time porsche's 911 was a very competent but tricky car to drive at speed. To court greater sales volumes, porsche took much of that trickiness out of the 911. Nowadays almost anyone can drive one at speed. But in the bargain, enthusiasts lament that trickiness because when it was removed, some of the precision and sense of connection with the road was also removed.