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 costs a bit more and is developed from 2 infusion-molded bits of composite polycarbonate plastic. I'd expect the Outdoor tenor to have a bigger, deeper sound, based on the larger body size and depth. I have had nothing but fun with my pale yellow Waterman (bought on impulse) for the past three months! I’m considering getting one despite the international shipping and customs across the border. Other than that, I’m a fan. Also, the Outdoor tenor has a wider nut, 38mm, vs 35mm on the Nova. 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. 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. THE LOOK: The Outdoor Ukulele Tenor is available in brown, green, gold, or silver. I hear the outdoor ukulele is a lot better but looking to confirm. The construction of this ukulele is really good, you can see a lot of thought and attention has gone into the design. OUTDOOR UKULELE TENOR. It's really lightweight too for canoeing and camping. They've been played in the Arctic Ocean, paddled down the Amazon River, and hiked both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. That's personal preference, I like wider nuts for more room and accuracy, YMMV. 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). It accompanies Grover tuners and Rye Rabbit fluorocarbon light gauge strings. Thanks! The Outdoor tenor comes in brown, green or gold – as you can tell from the photos, I went for the brown. The Outdoor Ukulele™ is an American made composite polycarbonate instrument developed for backpacking, camping, and traveling. Baz also seems to like wider nuts, but in his review said the Nova pays well, so who knows. Our test model came in translucent green and looks a little like an old-fashioned Coke bottle. 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. Jeff. Might take it on the Pacific Crest Trail next year. At $100 it’s certainly more expensive than some of the other plastic ukuleles that are currently available … Ukuleles are made to order and the current production time is 3 business days. No way are the $50 Kala Waterman ukuleles as nice or made in the USA. Agree with strumming vs picking (even really cheap wood is better). I saw your review just today confirming my luck! December 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm #21091 The plastic soprano released by Kala / Makala a few years back and based on the original Maccaferri plastic ukuleles from the 1950's. 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.