None of it is new. Our boats have had the side handles from day one, and the thigh wings.
Getting in is like… getting into a Mr Clean I suppose… a little bit of a wiggle. Getting out is the same as any kayak, they rotate out of the way as you slide out… no differance to emergency exit.
They have three forward and back positions and then infinite tilt and swing, so you can get them just right (takes a few trips to figure out where YOU like them). Once you paddle with them, you simply can;t paddle without them again… its like… going back to the days when boats didn;t have back rests (or back support)… how did we do it???????