Any one have an Outcast OSG Commander?

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  1. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    I was looking at one of these. At 35 lbs, It does not appear to be too heavy for portaging over the skinny riffles of summer. Yet it looks big enough, at 10' long, to get me down the rivers in the summer.

    Looks to be similar to a Watermaster, but I like the pointy ends and slight rocker. I wonder how it compares to the Watermaster or NFO Assault. At $999, its a lot cheaper!

    I haven't owned any inflatable boats. This is lighter and more portable than a framed pontoon.
    I am hoping for opinions, etc.
     
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    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Jim, I have tried it on stillwater as well as a river. It is awesome! Flyborg has one so I am sure that he will weigh in.
     
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    I'm in the market also.

    I am going fishing tonight and it is a pain to lift and strap my FishCat 9-IR to the rook rack of the 4Runner. Plus, it wont fit under my garage door. I like the idea of throwing a framless inflatable in the back and inflating when I get there.

    I am 6'4" and weigh about 230 lbs. How would one compare weight capacity between a Watermaster Kodiak and the OSG? The OSG looks like it may ride a little lower in the water than the Kodiak,
     
  4. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Thank you! Your opinion in such matters is highly regarded.:)
     
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    JAWS, try to see if you can borrow a Commander, I will let you row my Assault. Then you can decide. Ed
     
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    I have a Commander. I love it. Every boat is a compromise, but this one does it pretty well. It is light, it tracks well, and it's a scream in classIII. I like being able to scoot down the river stopping and standing to throw a few casts whenever I like. There's loads of room for gear behind the rower, and I like the adjustable foot rests. It's a pretty comfy ride. I don't like not being able to feather the oars, but that's an issue with all frameless boats without oarlocks. You get wet punching over rollers/standing waves but not to the point that I mind. This is my 2nd boat from Outcast, and the fit and finish/quality is great. Those guys are a pleasure to do business with. I'd happily let someone give it a whirl in exchange for high grade coccaine, or pre 1985 midget porn.
    Jason
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, but can you float the Kalama whilst standing, casting a two handed and swinging flies a short while before being eaten alive by swarms of Mosquitos?
     
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    No. Fuck, I remember that. That was miserable.
     
  9. Ed Call

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    You better be referring to your choice of takeout and the Mosquitos and not my standing and speycasting while floating. You picked that takeout! A solid hour of frog water getting devoured. Nice call man!
     
  10. Jim Wallace

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    Ha! I dodged the swarm today. For some reason, the squeets were really thick right at my launch site today, but not elsewhere. They were there hiding in the marsh grass, to send me off (and I wasted no time launching!) and were there waiting for me upon my return. I outwitted them by leaping from my yak as it hit shore, quickly pulling it up high, and quickly grabbing and running my gear beyond the marsh grass to the wind-swept parking lot. I got my car all set up to rack my yak before going back for it. I did not fumble the strapping down, but instead amazed myself at the austere economy and swiftness of my moves. I didn't slow down or stop moving until I was safely inside and driving off. No bug spray touched my skin today, and I avoided being bitten!

    I'll bet that I can run from mosquitoes faster with a Commander on my back than I can with my U-12!
     
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    Ed- who makes your Assualt?
     
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    Got one. Love it.
     
  14. Jim Wallace

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    If someone here buys a Commander and ends up not liking it, I might be in the market for a good used one next year.
     
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    Got my new Commander last week and took it for first run this weekend, very nice raft, no complaints. It turns on a dime, easy to row, well made, fair price, easy to fish off. Would work well in lake and can handle any river you are brave enought to take it down. I am certainly happy the purchase.