I found out long ago, most people that put up a post like this have already made up their minds. MOST PEOPLE, not all.
I agree with the Bigfoot158. You get what you pay for. Plus, there are too many places to get your line hung up. Now I can understand that there are a lot of people that can't afford a NFO, or a made in USA Outcast (most are made overseas). But saving up or getting a deal on a "pre-owned" one is the best way to go. Remember, just because one friend/person likes/loves it doesn't mean it's going to fit your criteria. I've been doing this long enough to really see the good from the bad, along with experience it. But Joni and I use ours more than the average fisherperson. I've had the bad (16-17 years ago) and the good. My life is more important than the difference of a few hundred dollars. But, if your hearts set on it, just get a good PFD and have fun. Just don't drill holes in the frame for accessories, and after a day on the water, disassemble the frame and let the moisture dry up.
If you only plan on using it a couple times a year, go for it.