mike nyewrote a review of Outcast OSG Commander Raft on August 12, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been using this for almost a whole summer now - mostly on big rivers in MT and ID like the Yellowstone and the Snake, but also local ponds for bass. So far I am pretty happy with it.
The boat handles small rapids and riffles with ease. You are going to get wet, but I expected that. You’ll probably want waders even on hot days because there will be water pooled around your butt. At 35 pounds, it is nice and light. You can carry it to the top of the boat ramp and into the parking lot easily and avoid the lines.
The open floor is by far the best feature of this boat from a fishing perspective. Firstly, you can control your drift with your feet. The boat does get blown around in spite of the lower profile 11 inch tubes, and it wants to pivot around the heavier back end. However, with just one foot in the water, I can stay facing the direction I want to face in normal western wind conditions without using the oars. I can also kick both my legs to move (slowly) closer/ farther from the bank etc. This makes it possible to fish while floating, although it is still quite a bit of work to manage everything - especially with a fly rod. What is really nice for me is the ability to put my feet down and stop and fish a promising run from the boat. You can stand up, but the boat will pivot around you and it gets annoying dragging at your legs. And why would you want to stand up when you can lean back into your kayak chair, rest your back, and sip your beer while you high stick the top of a riffle or the tail of a pool? The ability to stop and fish from the boat is what makes this so much better than a standard kayak. Easily doubles or triples the amount of water you can fish from the boat while concentrating only on fishing.
I do have some small complaints. The main thing is that the oarlocks need to be higher, and the oars need to be longer. The tubes flex a little bit at the oarlock if you put any oomph in, which further shortens your effective oar stroke. Don’t miss the takeout! Moving upstream is a slow process. And with the short tubes, you’ll hit your knees a lot on those times when you hastily have to hold your rod between your knees and grab the oars to maneuver.
Overall, I think this boat is a great blend of good kayak and float tube features, and the open floor makes it a viable option for people like me who want to fish from their boat.