Ordered this board for Minnesota summer fun. We had 6 portages to our destination in the BWCA last week. Bought a beefier pump and paddle elsewhere, but very impressed with the portability of the board when deflated and with the rigidity when it is inflated. Every age from mid-50s down to a 7 year old enjoyed using it. Got bumped into rocks with no issues. Very comfortable and tracked really well. The kids even used it as sort of a diving raft and pushed each other off of it. We used an old Duluth pack to portage, but think we will purchase the backpack that Tower sells instead for future trips.