I demoed an XP10 yesterday and an XP9 today on the Snake River below Jackson Lake Dam -- non-whitewater section. I am not a whitewater boater (well, class IIIduckie!). I found the 10 fairly difficult to control w/o the skeg down. However, with skeg down it was easy. The XP9 I rented did not have it's skeg attached, so after my experience with the 10, I was a bit worried about the 9 being too turny -- interestingly, it was fine! My hunch is that, being at the low weight end for the XP10 at 180 lbs. (and with no gear to speak of), the 10 was higher in the water than the XP9. I actually really enjoyed the XP9 w/o skeg -- keeping it under control but spinning at will -- it was a blast (I usually use my Manitou 14 in this section). I did have to take off my water shoes though to fit the 9. Oh yeah, both XPs were very stable -- did not seem any less stable than my Manitou. But it sounds like you already have a 10 ft. boat, so I don't know if these boats are short enough for you! One real benefit of the XP is that it is also a for real WW boat should river trips involve flat and WW sections; also the length/volume allows some storage space for self-support camping -- again that feature may not be what the OP is looking for.