No way are the $50 Kala Waterman ukuleles as nice or made in the USA. A close inspection of the plastic instrument reveals an attractive texture mimicking wood grain, a pattern formed by the fiberglass strands that add strength to the instrument. The Outdoor tenor comes in brown, green or gold – as you can tell from the photos, I went for the brown. December 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm #21091 THE LOOK: The Outdoor Ukulele Tenor is available in brown, green, gold, or silver. The plastic soprano released by Kala / Makala a few years back and based on the original Maccaferri plastic ukuleles from the 1950's. In the hands the polycarbonate feels pretty good, there’s a texture to it that stops your hands slipping around when playing and it’s got a nice weight to it too. They've been played in the Arctic Ocean, paddled down the Amazon River, and hiked both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Notwithstanding the tuners everything here is plastic: the bridge, the saddle, the nut – it’s not a ukulele that you’ll be tinkering with excessively (if by any means). That's personal preference, I like wider nuts for more room and accuracy, YMMV. I hear the outdoor ukulele is a lot better but looking to confirm. The Outdoor tenor costs a bit more and is developed from 2 infusion-molded bits of composite polycarbonate plastic. The construction of this ukulele is really good, you can see a lot of thought and attention has gone into the design. Thanks! Kala Waterman Concert Ukulele - REVIEW If there is one ukulele in the last few years that has proved to be divisive, it's the Waterman. It's really lightweight too for canoeing and camping. I have had nothing but fun with my pale yellow Waterman (bought on impulse) for the past three months! At $100 it’s certainly more expensive than some of the other plastic ukuleles that are currently available … Also, the Outdoor tenor has a wider nut, 38mm, vs 35mm on the Nova. I'd expect the Outdoor tenor to have a bigger, deeper sound, based on the larger body size and depth. Might take it on the Pacific Crest Trail next year. Other than that, I’m a fan. I’m considering getting one despite the international shipping and customs across the border. OUTDOOR UKULELE TENOR. Ukuleles are made to order and the current production time is 3 business days. The outdoor uke is supposed to be a robust take-anywhere ukulele that will always be by your side – you should expect a little bit of compromise on sound for that. I saw your review just today confirming my luck! Agree with strumming vs picking (even really cheap wood is better). Our test model came in translucent green and looks a little like an old-fashioned Coke bottle. The Outdoor Ukulele comes in either soprano or tenor size for around $95 and $145 respectively, depending on the color and is currently available in green, green camouflage, brown, brown camouflage, or moonshine (clear) colors. It accompanies Grover tuners and Rye Rabbit fluorocarbon light gauge strings. Baz also seems to like wider nuts, but in his review said the Nova pays well, so who knows. The Outdoor Ukulele™ is an American made composite polycarbonate instrument developed for backpacking, camping, and traveling. Jeff.