The Classic Accessories Cumberland float tubes came in. I'm pretty impressed. My last (and first) float tube was the Caddis Stalker II (I think). I had that thing for something like 20 years. Never had to patch it, never had the material get brittle, just took it out, if I went to the salt, I rinsed and dried before putting it away. So that's my impression of a float tube (btw, it never failed, I ended up giving it away when I got a kickboat, as far as I know, that sucker is still being fished somewhere).
The Cumberlands look like they're built to address every minor complaint I might have had with the Caddis, and last a LOT longer. The bladders were a bit crooked in the skin, fiddle with it a bit and you're solid. The lower half of the skin is made of zodiac like skin, looks like it will be very abrasion resistant. It's of the V design, upswept in back, so they should be a bit faster and track better. I like the storage section behind the seat, good spot to just toss things over your shoulder. The seat is WAY over engineered, looks like it's going to be super nice. I'm a little concerned that the cross bar ends are not velcroed to the boat like they were in the Caddis, but I assume that won't be an issue on the water. I'll chatter more on it once we've gotten them wet.
Now I'm looking for a recommendation. I'm a big (fat) guy, my son is my son, smaller, but still big. I can fish freshwater in just shorts over the Summer, but salt tends to stay chilly, there's razor grass etc. We're having trouble finding big guy waders, any recommendations? Also, if this isn't the spot for this post, please let me know and I'll delete and post in the correct section.