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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Fishing Tactics, Tackle, and reviews » Float Tubes, Pontoons, and Equipment Reviews » Review and recommendation

Review and recommendation

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1Review and recommendation Empty Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:12 pm

Fishbones805


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Ok, so first off the prereview, as in, haven't taken it out yet.
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.

2Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:51 pm

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The Cumberland has been my tube for years and I have enjoyed it no real issues at all. The Caddis Stacker II is a very high-quality float tube it has its place but is kind of outdated. As for waders I wish I had an answer but I am sure someone will add there 2 cents meanwhile I will move this to where it should (no worries) and look for a thread about waders we already had on the forum that might have some info for you as well.


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3Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:53 pm

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Not sure but maybe this will help you look for waders.

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4Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:12 pm

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Ok, now I see where to post these topics thank you. It's a bigger site than I had previously realized.

5Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:14 pm

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Fishbones805,
Your intro says you live in IE.
If that is correct go to the BassPro shop. They have a lot of waders and you can try them on. The flyfishing shop has waders the hunting section upstairs has more. Super cheap to ridiculously expensive.

I hope this helps


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6Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:16 pm

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Ya, BPS seems to be the only spot that one would be able to try them on.  Seeing as how I'm still working my way through the ear infection, that may be my Saturday.  Thanks for the recommendation.
BPS also seems to have several sets that come in "stout" sizes. if this works like it sounds, might be good. "Stout" guys are used to having something fit around the waist, but be waaaaaaaay long in the inseam.

7Review and recommendation Empty Re: Review and recommendation on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:42 pm

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The first step in shopping for waders is getting a measuring tape and measuring yourself. This simple step eliminates all the guesswork.

Every manufacturer, including Bass Pro Shops, offers detailed sizing charts for every model of waders they make and you can see exactly if they're going to fit or not. You usually have to click some sort of link to get the detailed size charts, but it's worth the effort.

At least this way, you'll know *exactly* what you're looking for if you decide to go in and try them.

I bought my Caddis waders from Amazon and because I measured myself first, there were no surprises when they arrived.

Good luck and looking forward to your reports!

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