I do not even know where to start gushing about the mirage drive system for this kayak. It is fast, speedy fast! It is so easy to take off around our lake and not have to worry about paddling. The only problem with this style of kayak is that it takes longer to get where you are going because people want to know how it works, they want to try it out and then they want to know where to buy one. Sure, it is expensive but the mirage drive is worth it. When my son was six years old he could launch it on his own and pedal around our side of the lake. My husband did have to set the gear so that the span was smaller, as in longer legs can extend further than his could and moving the pins ensured that his maximum range was significantly smaller while not slowing him down. It is kind of hard to explain but suffice it to say that anyone can maneuver this kayak. We also have a tandem, I see another mirage in our future so that all four of us can cruise around the lake together.