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Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL

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1 Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:55 pm

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So these are presently the two frontrunners in my search for a new float tube. I've seen a number of comparisons between the Cumberland and the Outcast tubes (Fish Cat 4 and Super Fat Cat), but haven't seen any comparisons to the ODC 420. Both look like very good tubes and can be had for about the same money. I'm curious whether anyone on here has tried both and can speak to pros/cons of each.

A little info on me and my situation:  I'm 6'1", 225 lbs. I would be using a tube primarily for fly fishing on small lakes (usually 50 acres or less) in Michigan for bass and panfish. One of the main reasons I want a tube is to fish a lake called Wakeley Lake near Grayling, MI (check it out; it's amazing [url=http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-profile/3/228/])This is a walk-in access lake with a 1/4 mile trail from parking area to water's edge; way too far to lug my beast of a kayak but not bad at all for a tube with backpack straps.

I don't see myself ever putting a fish finder, motor or any kind of homemade PVC contraption to hold rods and whatnot on my tube. I have a kayak for that kind of stuff. Smile With a tube, I take fins, one rod, 2 or 3 fly boxes max, plus the usual assortment of doodads (tippet spools, forceps, hook file, smartphone, car keys). I would really love a tube that could comfortably carry me, the aforementioned gear and a very small cooler for drinks and snacks.

My guess is that one of these tubes is just as good as the other, but if there is something that really stands out about one or the other--good or bad--I'd love to hear about it.

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2 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:26 pm

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I am 5' 10 and 200 pounds. I have the Cumberland and it is a little bigger than the 420. I think the Cumberland will fit you better as I have been in both. I do think the Cumberland is little better made as well. You may want to do a search on the Creek Company on this forum, their customer service is not up to par by most reviewers here.


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3 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:16 pm

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Thanks for your reply Jerdon; I did not know that about Creek Company's customer service. I will do a search on them here as you suggested.
I do like the Cumberland a lot. I have heard that the foam seat flexes some causing a "taco" effect; have you experienced that?

4 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:29 pm

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I have not experienced the "taco effect" myself. My butt may be the correct size to combat that. I have gone fishing without the spreader bar and lap net and do notice it will pinch up a bit, but the foam seat stays flat for me.


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5 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:40 pm

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Interesting, I have seen videos of others fishing without the spreader bar as well and wondered what that was about. I like having it there myself; at least, I did on my old tube. Assuming I wouldn't mind it on the Cumberland, I'm assuming that would keep the dreaded taco effect at bay. Smile
I also read somewhere that the inflatable seat pads that you can get for the Fish Cat 4 Deluxe will fit in the Cumberland, so if I didn't like the foam I could replace it with the inflatable cushions.
Thanks again for your feedback Jerdon -- I appreciate it.

6 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:47 pm

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When I do not have the spreader bar and net it is because I forgot it somewhere along the journey.


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7 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:27 pm

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I had an ODC 420 but not the ultra light. I never had any issues with it but after fishing with a friend who has a Cumberland, I would go with the Cumberland. Just a bit more room and better capacity. I would say quality wise the nod would go to the ODC but not by much.

8 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:39 pm

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I am in the same boat I really like the Cumberland, I have had the ODC 420 (Grey one) it was great, bu the Cumberland is a better choice. Just a little more room, better valve placement, and the pockets hold more and work better.


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9 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:41 pm

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I really appreciate the responses guys. I'm about 99% certain I'm going to go with the Cumberland at this point.

Once I get the float tube purchased, I'll probably be back on here mining for information on the best fins, lol. Looking hard at the Omega Flip Fins, but I've got a while to wait on those. Smile

10 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:12 pm

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Not to try and change your mind but there is a new float tube brand coming out soon, at least new to the U.S. Seven Bass they have some unique ideas and products, they will be selling on Amazon and it should be maybe next month when they are ready for sale. You can find out about some of there product at the thread below or search them up on Facebook as ( Seven Bass Design USA)

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I am in no way saying that the Cumberland is not worth, we do get a 15% discount on there products I can give you that info if you would like. But there is Seven Bass as well and they are almost here just wanted you to know.


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11 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:50 pm

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I will certainly give 7 Bass a look. I'm hoping to stay under $250 for the tube, but, as I won't be using it until next spring (in all likelihood), I would consider something that was more expensive if I felt it was worth the money.

12 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:32 am

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I truly mean no offense, but I'm a bit confused why you've budgeted almost as much for fins as you have for a tube? I use $20 fins in the most challenging conditions possible and they're great.

As a matter of fact, one of the young guys I tube with asked me what fins I was using because even though I'm 30 years older, he was having a tough time keeping up when we were pushing. He was using diver's fins and I was using my cheapo Typhoon Tsunami snorkel fins for $20 from eBay.

Spend the money on the tube, it's the key to the whole deal.

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13 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:48 am

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Ornery Bob wrote:I truly mean no offense, but I'm a bit confused why you've budgeted almost as much for fins as you have for a tube?... Spend the money on the tube, it's the key to the whole deal.






No offense taken at all, Bob, it's a very fair question that you ask, and one that has certainly occurred to me as well. I'm by no means committed to the idea of buying expensive fins just for the sake of spending money, but I can see that a lot of folks are using fins that look way more efficient than my old Caddis step-in fins that came with my old tube back in 1997, and I would like to get in on some of that action this time around. Smile

I've just been reading reviews on here (and elsewhere on line), watching YouTube videos, etc., trying to see what people like, and the Omega fins seem to keep popping up. If there are cheaper fins that work as well that folks want to recommend, I would certainly give them a look.

What I like about the Omega fins is the ease of adjustment, and the quick-release closure on the straps (which would appear to allow one to adjust the fit only once and forget about it). And, of course, the flip-up feature is nice as well, although that's not that big a deal to me, as I normally put on my fins right at the water's edge, which means I only walk in them the few steps, backward, into the tube.

Like I said, I'm not looking to spend money just for a name or anything like that--those are just the fins that looked good to me, and they happen to be a little pricey.

EDIT/ADDENDUM - Okay, I just got back from a brief foray over to eBay to look at the Typhoon Tsunami fins that you mentioned, Bob, and they appear to have many of the same features as the Omega fins do. That would suggest to me that probably many other less expensive fins probably have these features, and I should indeed do more shopping at those lower price points before making a decision.
I appreciate the advice as always. Smile

14 Re: Cumberland vs. ODC 420 UL on Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:38 pm

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Here is a link to a report I did when I got a new pair of Omega Fins about 3 years ago.
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