So far, I really like the 2019 outback. It does ride lower than the older model, and as such it is more of a wet ride. The rudder design, especially the kick-up aspect, is very useful, however if line/lures/etc get stuck on the rudder while you're on the water it can be very difficult to get it off as the rudder is constantly submerged under the boat (as opposed to the old model). I added the gasket upgrade, and so far have not had any issues with leaking through the front hatch, granted I haven't gone out in any excessively rough conditions. The 2019 is more stable than the older outback, and is easier to stand/move around on. It is about 10-15 lbs heavier than the old one, which makes it slightly harder to get on a car top (if that's how you plan to transport it). That being said, it comes with a little stand that mounts on the back of the kayak which can be used to prop the kayak up without worry of damaging the rudder when car-topping. The aspect of the 2019 that I like the most as opposed to the 2018 is the inclusion of the H-rails and side tracks, both of which you can use geartrac accessories with. So far, I haven't even needed to drill into the hull because the kayak comes pretty ready-to-fish.