I have a number of Intex kayaks. They are very durable and steer similar to the quality heavier kayaks even in the wind. Problem is, you really need to also pack the pump (which comes with an Intex) and it takes much longer to inflate and deflate, and the Intex does not fold up as small (it has thicker walls which are more rigid) and weighs more and you certainly cannot just carry one of those on a short hike and have the ability to carry much else. Each product has its purpose. This raft is for those wanting a lightweight, toteable, quick and easy to inflate and deflate, small storage.... like a bike trip or a short hike diversion.