My 2 cents. I like dragging the kids around on a tube. I'm careful as well and always have a spotter. I just like to make sure I know immediately if there are other boats coming up behind, when the tube is outside of the wake, and if someone falls off. There seems to always be a lag time from my spotters to tell me these things. Basically, my boat and I'm responsible for the safety of my passengers and especially the kids.I just have to ask and I'm not trying to be negative at all. I love hearing the recommendations from folks here and have heard great advice throughout. I just have a hard time justifying that cost for a mirror. They do look top notch, well made and even look like original equipment. I've tubed many folks for a lot of years and never had a mirror. Always had many look outs and was always extremely careful. Just don't know that I need one, especially at this price. Are they worth it if you don't plan on tubing a lot, as I probably won't at this stage in my life. Thanks.
Now for the mirror, I've used other mirrors over the years on my last boats. I was never happy with them. They broke, were difficult to position, sometimes fell off, and would come loose when running. I agree the mirror is expensive, but if the reviews are right (and I have no reason to doubt this), it is very good quality and should last as long as the boat. For me, it will also be something I can adjust easily, and can leave on the boat and won't have to install when I want to use it. I'd rather spend more money for a mirror that will last and work well and easily, then for one that will break after 1 - 2 seasons and be a hassle to use. In my head, I'm amortizing the cost over about 10 years. Also, I did search for other mirrors that were less expensive, but did not find any I actually liked and wanted to buy.
Now, if I did not pull anyone on a tube/skis, or rarely did this, I would not buy a mirror at all.
I will post my own review when I receive the mirror and actually use it.