Chad, a longtime paddling partner of mine is currently piloting his 3rd Nordkapp--when they make a lighter version, he gets it. Anyway, whenever others talk about this kayak or that, he is fond of replying, "The Nordkapp is the kayak that every other kayak wants to be!!" That generally ends the discussion right there. In the hands of someone who knows how to get the best from it, it is one sweet boat. And it sure looks like a million bucks, too.