I purchased the AE Compact Cart because I got tired of making several trips down to the water (and still always managing to forget something!) My family has the Strait Edge2 and my husband paddles the Dragon Fly and by the time the boats and all the gear are unloaded we have quite the load! With the cart we can strap the tandem boat bag and a gear bag to it and then have the kids carry the paddles, water bottles, and lunches. My husband always carries his boat. I prefer the wheels. This thing is a life saver!