I have a 14' DRE adventure series and a DRE 4 bay frame that I picked up 3 years ago. It gets paddled/rowed over 60 days each summer, maybe 200 days on the boat. It's been down the Grand Canyon twice now and is about to go on its 3rd trip this september. Along with trips on the main salmon, Desolation, west water etc.... I also use the boat as a paddle raft running the ark,eagle, clear creek, blue, upper c, gore, etc..... I absolutely love the boat!!!
I feel its very easy to maneuver, it tracks to where i want it to go. Its very predictable in maneuvering tight moves and running large volumes of water. I've never felt that the boat put me off line or made me miss a move. With the larger tubes 21" i can pack quite a bit of gear on the boat for trips(grand canyon for example) I've T 'd up to holes on the grand where just in front of me the 2 16' boats flipped and my boat punched through the hole( granted I had about 250 beers in the front bay along with my passenger on the bow, fully loaded boat)
As far as wear and tear, I'm pretty abusive on the boat (low water numbers/browns 400cfs-3500cfs, clear creek, gore) Most times when I pull up to a put in I get asked if the boats brand new, I smile and say no, I just take really good care of the boat(garage kept, inflated, 303'd) Up until this point zero issues, with anything, In fact after the next trip I'm going to bring the boat down to DRE and have them inspect it and fix anything they might feel needs attention( that pretty sweet to be able to do)
I do like were the valves are located as well, easy to get to, some rafts have there valves on the inside tubes, which i've found does not work when you pile a bunch of gear in the boat and need to inflate or deflate the boat. When traveling with the boat inflated and the frame on it, its really easy to get to the valves to inflate or deflate the boat to adjust for the altitude/temps. I think they really put a lot of thought into how the boat is designed and set up.
There frames are super sweet. I've rowed several other types of frames, DRE makes the most sense to me. It truly is a custom frame and super bomber. Being able to adjust the tower height/angle to my height, arm span/reach feels so much better then using a generic frame. Diamond plated rails and a captains floor is the way to go. And the DRE captains chair is the bomb, super sweet to be able to row forward and use the chair as leverage. And when your just chilling and drinking a beer it's really comfortable to have a chair to sit in vs sitting on top of a foam padded dry box.
Hope this helps!
LOVE MY BOAT