I use an Ocean Guardian for peace of mind. I have a wife and two young kids and I want to come home every time after I’ve been in the water. Before I bought my Ocean Guardian, I was questioning continuing with my surfing.
Initially, I thought it felt heavy, but once I was in the water, I felt nothing. I can quite easily feel seaweed on my leg rope, but with the Ocean Guardian there was no noticeable drag either paddling or surfing.
The price of a Ocean Guardian for that peace of mind is totally worth it.