I noticed a lot of review complained about scratches upon arrival of their kayak, so I first wanted to comment about that. Not only did it arrive in 6 days (instead of the two weeks that was given as the expected delivery time), but we also received a phone call from the guy driving the delivery truck verifying our address and asked if someone would be home or if there was a certain place we wanted them left if no one was home... which was nice so there wasn't anything unexpected.
When he showed up to deliver the kayaks, he carried all three that we ordered to where we planned to store them. We inspected each one as he unloaded it. They arrived in thick plastic bags, and after cutting each bag off, there was no sign of damage on any of them.
The coloring is a little different than the picture shows. They're not quite that bright of a green, but we're actually happier with the green shade that they are. They're a dark army green.
The paddle that comes with it is perfect, there's no need to worry about purchasing a different paddle that claims to be better or more efficient.
Our purpose for these specific kayaks was just to use on a lake for fishing or to use on a river. It's worked perfectly for both. They're comfortable, the foot peg adjustment levers are easy to maneuver and set for your leg length, the fishing pole holders work great, and the swiveling fishing pole holder hasn't failed us yet. They're heavy enough to feel sturdy and safe while in the water, but light enough to get to the water without a lot of strain. We use ours a couple times a week and they still look like new.
My husband's only complaint is that the storage bin in the back isn't big enough for the gear he would like to take on the lake with him, but he made a quick resolve by putting it down below his feet and still had more than enough room for his legs without any discomfort or clutter (he's 6' tall). Instead, we remove the lid from the storage bin and our little Chihuahua's have their own seat to join us on the lake or river.
This would work great for any beginner or intermediate user. The third one we purchased was for our 14 year old son who had never kayaked before, and he jumped right in and maneuvered it with ease.
Overall, great purchase, and $100 cheaper than we could find anywhere else (and I take pride in my bargain shopping before making a purchase). You really just can't go wrong with this one. I attached a photo of my husband sitting in his on the lake after a long day of paddling.