The Nomad is an easily transportable, highly maneuverable go-anywhere kayak. The build quality is on par with more expensive Feelfree kayaks I've paddled and it offers a very dry storage hatch. I can't say it's waterproof since some water does get in, it's just so minimal that it's not an issue, but they also don't market it as a waterproof storage hatch anyhow - just know it's almost bone dry. It's fun to paddle and maneuver around in. It's very responsive to your paddling. The only gripe I have with the Nomad is the stability. I know we're talking a sub-$500 yak, but the stability is worse than that of cheaper fraction-of-the-price offerings from the big box stores. It's also upsetting knowing I could've bought a 10 ft Aventura for the same price and had a much more stable yak. My fault for not trying out a Nomad before I ordered. I paddled a friend's Sun Dolphin Aruba 10" last week after paddling my Nomad all day and was sort of shocked at how much more stable it was than my Nomad. It was just as fast and tracked just as straight, but didn't flip when I leaned hard on it's secondary edge. If I'm positioned in any way other than with my back straight-up on the seat then I can start to feel the stability of the Nomad wain and then I'm in the water. Perhaps this is the result of misunderstanding of the split-personality of the Nomad, but it's just so easy to flip it I've always been surprised. Admittedly, it's not a touring kayak, but it's really too easy to make the wrong motion and end up in the water. This isn't a characteristic of other surf or ocean kayaks I'm aware of so I'm not sure what's up with the stability.. It's not like it's incredibly narrow either. Don't regret buying the Nomad, but I just expected it to be much more stable than what it is.