- you can use it to avoid a dangerous and tricky wet-exit and re-entry, if your roll fails
- having another self-rescue option is a good thing
- it's a compact paddle-float (re-entry aid). Foam-block paddle floats use valuable deck space, and most other inflatable paddle-floats require that you spend extra time in the water orally inflating them.
- it eliminates most of the timing problem in rolling a double kayak
Not only that, but:
- it's a great conversation piece (until everyone has one)
- the logo is so cool -- it reads the same upside down or right-side up!
You should NOT have a BackUP if:
- you're a complete beginner and panic when you capsize (it will be useless)
- it's an excuse not to learn the Eskimo roll
- the extra safety option it provides would lead you to challenge dangerous conditions
- you're not strong enough to right yourself by hanging onto the side of a pool
(People who cannot do this, and there are some, are in great danger
when kayaking. It takes a certain amount of upper body strength to
roll in any way, or even to re-enter a kayak after a wet-exit. If you
can't stay in your boat, or get back into your boat ... think about