I have a niche application for this board, primarily using it with 3 dogs (at the same time) plus camping gear. My glass boards could not handle the load. I bought this board expecting that the buoyancy would more than meet my needs but I accepted the possibility that I might end up paddling a board that felt like a barge. I was completely wrong. This board is very easy to paddle. It is much faster than the glass board, with the same load. I was also surprised by how easy this board is to turn. On the attention to detail side of things, it is incredibly well balance making it easy to carry and/or load on a car rack when fully inflated. I expected the deck mat to be a simple non-skid surface but it has a surprising amount of cushion, making it very comfortable to stand on. I bought the electric pump and absolutely love that. I am going to sell my glass board, because at this point I cant think of anything that board does better than this, for how I want to use a paddle board.