Amazing in its simplicity the North Water Four Play Multiple Use Paddle Float combines several products into one. It can be used as a double-ended paddle float, a beaching pad to protect your hull from rocks and barnacles, a vehicle protection pad when loading your boat or a kneeling pad when cooking. When all the work is done it converts into a chair and can replace your sleeping pad when placed under your tent. As with any piece of safety equipment, this is designed to be used in emergency situations. Learn proper use and technique before entering a dangerous water situation.
I've wanted a Four-Play ever since they first came out some years ago. While I have a dependable roll, I always carry a backup paddle float. My previous floats all had the potential to get punctured or torn in difficult circumstances, and I liked the idea that this one was bomb-proof. Although it is more bulky than conventional inflatable paddle floats, I replaced the old cushion I used to use in sliding my kayak on and off my car racks with the Four Play, and I also replaced my folding chair with the Four Play, so on balance I am carrying less gear. I thought perhaps that an item designed for four different uses would be mediocre at most of them, but this is definitely not the case. I am most pleased with the North Winds Four Play, and even though it is expensive, I got an excellent deal on it from ACK, and I shopped around quite a bit.