I got to get in on this post. First off, American made in the name brands are Bucks, NFO and ONLY the PAC 1100 and larger from Outcast )all rest are overseas. Urethane vs PVC: PVC stretches, is effected by temp and altitude and is effected more by age. Urethane does not stretch and is less effected by these conditions and is lighter.....and more expensive for mentioned reasons. Here is a Cabela ex: Some pros and cons of the Outcast 10IR and the Sky Sunrise for you to think about. Both are $999.99 in Cabela's catalog so the price is not an issue. First off, the Sky is going to be Urethane or Bladderless, either being the best choice in that they are not effected by Altitude or temp change as much as PVC/vinyl Bladders. The Outcast are indeed vinyl. Both have very strong PVC outer cover. The Sky has 16" diameter toons Outcast are 17". The wider the toons the more wind resistance. The Sky is 5' wide Outcast is 4 2/3' wide. Wider means more side to side stability. The Sky is 10 1/2' long the Outcast 10'. Standing Platform: Sky, 28" X 15" the Outcast, 20 1/2" x 11 1/2" Warranty, Sky: Lifetime Outcast: 5 years NFO=USA OUTCAST= overseas There is probably more, but there you have it. Also Dave was the main designer for Outcast before he went on his own. To me, the best bang for the buck is the NFO NAVIGATOR II. It is a pontoon, it is a tube. You can row with it, you can put a motor on it. It is Urethane/USA. It deflates completely and no FRAME for easy transporting. 9' long. Light weight.