My first experience in one of these was on the Rogue river near Merlin. AWESOME ride! I had to get one for myself! Tracking in fast water, NO problem. Took it to the Willamette 2 weeks ago...Some tracking issues in slow, flat water. Can't wait to get back on the Rogue! LOVE the Aire Force! Very solid IK. Stability is not an issue in this craft! First timers- Feel safe and secure with the thigh straps, the stability and manueverability and light weight the Aire Force series is famous for! ENJOY the RIDE!