Good points, all.
That is why if I get one I'd want it to be track-mounted so that it could be slid on and off depending on how I was fishing. No need to lug around a stake-out pole if you are deep water jigging or something.
And, I'd also want the option to slide the flex stick out of the ratchet device it rests in as yet another way to quickly rig a kayak up for a particular outing. I am not sure how this works so I'll have to ask if the mount can stay on and just the stick get removed.
But, if in addition to anchoring you, it also maintains your orientation as is stated in several of the videos, that is a big plus . . . no swinging around on a leash.
Too, I like how it lies flat so the end of the stick isn't in the way when it is deployed.
It has some positives I think. Agreed though that it is pricey keeping with the tradition of kayaks that all accessories made of plastic . . . are priced like gold.
The character in The Graduate who told the young Dustin Hoffman character that the future was in "plastics" must have been a prophet.
Hey! Does anyone here simply drop their stake-out poles down through a convenient scupper hole?