Numerous reason, but to name a few; it is fast, stable and the dagger keeps it going straight when windy or wavy. Love the storage and the seat is adjustable. It would be even better if the front would lift for legs when needed. Overall it’s a great kayak. Furthermore, the staff matched the high quality of the kayak. Mine was ordered on-line and traveled from North Carolina to South Dakota. Several days, in and out of trucks, yet arrived unscathed due to incredible packaging. The operation’s manager, Joe Mongno, answered my many on going question. I had a wonderful experience!