I have been paddling the All Star since the 05′ season. It was the first playboat that combined comfort/pop/and slice into one package. In other words, in the past I had always sacrificed more pop for a boat that was hard to throw around, or a boat that I could huck easily in flat water but gave me no pop on loops and was uncomfortable. The new version which came out last year improved a lot for surfing and wave performance. I have paddled almost every play boat that has come out since the RPM in 1996.
As far as running rivers…anyone that started paddling before every boat basically became a variation on a creek boat or play boat understands that there are no truly fast boats available to recreational kayakers in the US. As far as running rivers I think the All Star is not worse than other play boats, but all play boats basically suck at paddling the river. That is why slalom boaters don’t compete in a play boat. The All Star is a great choice for running Browns or the Numbers if ripping the play spots on the way down is your priority.
Overall the All Star is a boat that will help people take their playboating to the next level. I think it is especially good for people like me with relatively long legs who weigh less than 180lbs. (I am 6’ 170lbs).