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Ice fishing bibs

 Ice fishing is right around the corner, and the fever has hit. Looking to spend some money on a set of ice fishing bibs. Kind of curious as to what everyone else has, pros/cons, and is the extra money worth spending on a set of name brand like ice armor, frabill, etc.

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i got the vexilar ones and they are pretty dominant. got em at scheels

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I have the blue clam ones. I have had them for a few years and am happy with them. After the first couple years I have started to spray them with camp dry twice a year. There are better sets out there. It just depends on what you want to spend and how warm of a pair of bibs you want.

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 I can handle the cold pretty well, just looking for something that is truly waterproof

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 Columbia warm can kneel in water and stay bone dry. 

 

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 I have strikemaster ones for about 7 years haven't been wet yet

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I wear a pair of waterfowl rain gear pants that my brother gave me for x-mas a few years ago. They are water proof and stop the wind too. They are loose enough to wear a couple layers underneath and keep me pretty warm and dry. They work pretty good for when I'm pulling the portable around.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Clothing/Mens-Hunting-Clothing/Mens-Waterfowl-Hunting-Clothing/Mens-Waterfowl-Lightweight-Clothing%7C/pc/104797080/c/104748480/sc/104681880/i/104059980/Cabelas-Dri-Band-Rain-Gear-Pants/1379083.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fmens-waterfowl-lightweight-clothing%2F_%2FN-1101017%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104059980%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat104797080%253Bcat104681880%253Bcat104681880&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104797080%3Bcat104681880%3Bcat104681880%3Bcat104059980

They are pretty similar the these..

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 I wear the blue ice armour ones. Had them for 5 years!!! They are still in good shape after so much abuse, but the thing i really like about them is the kneepads, they work really well when a huy runs iut to the tip up and does a sliding grab, and i have bad knees. They also make some grey ones which are warmer but WAY to warm for me. Anyways i love them. I have a buddy who has vexilar ones and has about the same amount of abuse but they didnt seem to hold up as well. Also scheels usually puts them on sale for a decent price at the end of the ice fishing season if you can wait that long. Just saying. IMO the best. Although I REALLY want to try the new frabill gear, it looks really good as well, quality wise anyways.

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honkslyer Said:
 I have strikemaster ones for about 7 years haven't been wet yet

X 2. They are awesome!!!

 

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X3. Only two years of use but they keep me dry. Knee pads are great for diving at the tip up like someone else mentioned. I picked mine up at the St. Paul ice fishing show for $90. I should have bought the jacket too but oh well (also only $90).  

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honkslyer Said:
 I have strikemaster ones for about 7 years haven't been wet yet

X 2. They are awesome!!!


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 I don't have many options but I have the scheels outfitters version cuz they make them for tall fellers. Like them a lot, kneel over a hole all day and you'll stay dry. 

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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http://www.strikerice.com/

check out the striker ice bibs and jackets, first off they float which is an awesome thing to have, and you can get different set with different layers that can be taken on and off, and they are super super super warm for when you are out fishing in the cold... and if you look right at the guy on the front page, you can see that you are able to smoke cigars and drink beer while wearing the bibs! I was sold from the beginning!

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Frabill Storm Suit. Also will work for all other fishing.  You can layer underneath for warmth.

jm1986 Said:
 I can handle the cold pretty well, just looking for something that is truly waterproof

 

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I have no complaints with the Vexilar bibs.  Lots of well placed pockets, heavy buckles and zippers. 

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I own a 15 yr old pair of Cabela's snowmobiling bibs that have served me very very well... but may upgrade this year.

which bibs are the lightest and easiest to move around in? I want good knees (pads and/or extra waterproof). Which brand excels for mobility? Cold is not often my enemy... wet is. If I'm outside I'm "doing something". If it's terrible/cold windy then I'm in the shelter where any bibs get hot pronto.

The "flotation built in" is one heck of a great attribute!


 

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I bought the Frabill Suit (Which is the grey suit), but not the FXE.  This is the lightest suit I could find that still had knee and butt pads.  Full length zippers and pockets every where.  http://frabill.com/frabill-suit.html The FXE Sno-suit is very extreme and heavy.  Built like a brick shithouse but nice quality.  You should be able to find a good price on EBAY.  I have had mine two years without any complaints.  Read reviews on this product.

guywhofishes Said:
I own a 15 yr old pair of Cabela's snowmobiling bibs that have served me very very well... but may upgrade this year.

which bibs are the lightest and easiest to move around in? I want good knees (pads and/or extra waterproof). Which brand excels for mobility? Cold is not often my enemy... wet is. If I'm outside I'm "doing something". If it's terrible/cold windy then I'm in the shelter where any bibs get hot pronto.

The "flotation built in" is one heck of a great attribute!


 

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 It also has a sweet UNIBOMBER hood.

 

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muzzytipped Said:
 It also has a sweet UNIBOMBER hood.

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Interesting that two websites I've clicked on in this thread show product out of stock. What a strange time to be out of stock.

 

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 Guy, if you can wait until the first week of December, I suggest making the trip to the St. Paul ice show. Awesome deals and they serve beer there. Plus the snobear girls are there. And plenty of bars around the xcel center.  


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the striker ice stuff will be coming soon, I talked to their marketing guy and they did land a deal with scheels, so you should be seeing it in the scheels store come later this fall.

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arrowdem Said:
the striker ice stuff will be coming soon, I talked to their marketing guy and they did land a deal with scheels, so you should be seeing it in the scheels store come later this fall.

great - need to try that stuff on before I drop big $

thanks everybody

 

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cabelas guidewear. spendy but worth the money!

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ice armour..if you don't get these, make sure you look for bibs that have padded knees. Super nice for when kneeling on the ice!

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 Spent $75 on the bibs from Sportsmans Guide last year and I was suprised. Always kept me dry and always kept me warm, they have plenty of pocket space and cushioned knees, I even wore them for snowmobiling and never got cold! If your on a budget hands down they are worth it!

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 get a pair of carrharts, and sweatpants and longjohns and save yourself $200.00 you will be just as warm for 1/2 the price 

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Carharts aint exactly cheap either, and wet knees suck. I bought the vexilar bibs for less than a c-note.  

kewlwater Said:
 get a pair of carrharts, and sweatpants and longjohns and save yourself $200.00 you will be just as warm for 1/2 the price 

 

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I did the carhart thing for years and wondered why people would spend that kind of  money on a pair of bibs for ice fishing then I bought a pair of ice fishing bibs and will never wear another pair of carharts on the ice again. You stay dry and the padded knees are just plain sweet.

I have a pair of the Scheels Outfitters. They kept me dry all year long while kneeling in puddles of water, the padded knees are superb. My only complaint were the pockets(or the lack thereof) and no side slits to itch your bag if you have to.

Tried on the Ice Armor bibs and they just didn't fit right but the jackets are awsome IMO. Also didn't really care for the way the Vexlars fit(massive wedgy).

Also bought a pair of Strikemasters. Can you say SAWEEEET. They fit great, pockets in all the right places and side slits, padded knees and waterproof.

The good thing about ice fishing bibs is the double for a good early spring or late fall in the boat fishing bibs.

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I seen some in the Legendary magazine last year that looked really comfortable and lightweight, yet suppose to be warm.  They don't have them on their web site right now though.   

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 I replaced my old polar king bibs and jacket with the gray Ice Armor set of fishing gear. I really like the padded knees, the pockets and how water resistant they are. The only thing I would like to see changed is the zippers on the bibs to go all the way up to your hip. It would make it a lot easier to get them on without taking your boots off.

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 i see a trending theme throughout this thread.... strikemaster or vexilar are the way to go. 
thanks guys, much appreciated, hopefully get to meet some of you this winter on the hardwater and have a cold one together.

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muzzytipped Said:
Frabill Storm Suit. Also will work for all other fishing.  You can layer underneath for warmth.

jm1986 Said:
 I can handle the cold pretty well, just looking for something that is truly waterproof

Right on dinkus.  I got the frabill ice sut a couple of years ago,  Totally the mac daddy.  But too heavy for some situations.  The lighter ice suit with warm underclothings is prolly the most versatile bet.

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Jig4Pig Said:

muzzytipped Said:
Frabill Storm Suit. Also will work for all other fishing.  You can layer underneath for warmth.

jm1986 Said:
 I can handle the cold pretty well, just looking for something that is truly waterproof

Right on dinkus.  I got the frabill ice sut a couple of years ago,  Totally the mac daddy.  But too heavy for some situations.  The lighter ice suit with warm underclothings is prolly the most versatile bet.

Still got that 4 wheeler for sale?

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I have had the Strikemaster bibs for 6 years now and they have been great. They are warm and I have never been wet. I had them blow out of the back of my truck and get run over a few times and the only thing that happened was one of the buckles broke. I got that fixed and their good as new. They used to be cheaper than other brands but that was six years ago, now they are all overpriced.