Otter XT Hideout
Nice deal by the way. Beats what I paid lol
Hope this helps. Oh and I also took advantage of that deal at Cabelas. The Otter Hideout was sitting outside the bargain cave due to package damage. With the 25% off I got the shack for $279!
I assembled the Otter XT Hideout this morning. I was very excited to take this thing out of the package due to it because my first flip over shack. I also have a Eskimo 949i hub which I use when my fiance and I go together, but I wanted something for myself when chasing the fish. I looked around at other Eskimos, Clams, Frabills, and other options but I ended up going with Otter due to the positive rapport, and you get what you pay for. Obviously this 'review' is going to lack because winter hasn't struck yet.
Assembly took about a good two hours and a half a pot of coffee. I've posted several pictures below of the materials included along with the finished product.
-Great outer shell that in my opinion will keep me plenty warm during the cold days -Comes with three wind support bars that can be added on windy days. -The space in front of your feet (which I was very hesitant about), is way more roomy than I thought it was going to be. There is about 2 - 2.5 feet in front of my legs for equipment set up and fishing (picture below). -Swivel Chair that isn't fixated in one position (you can not slide the chair back and forward though)
Cons (from what I can tell as of now)
- The assembly requires you to drill into the Fabric material when you are on the last step. They have you do this so you can secure the trim to the fabric and then to the sled. This is down toward the back of sled (the side that is stationary and doesn't flip. I was very uneasy about this.
- The shape of the sled isn't exactly rectangular. It jolts out on one end. They do this to provide a wider surface area for fishing. However, underneath the sled where this happens it leaves an uncovered area which wind and cold air can enter. Of course you can always postiion the shack so the wind will hit the front and not enter, but this is also a concern to me.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the purchase. My new Auger appears to fit in the sled well and it will also accomodate my flasher, some Beaver Dam tip ups, my frabill aerator and a couple cold beers.
Thanks everyone for reading.
Happy Fishing this year.
Either way, great find!