Best ice fishing bibs for the money in 2019. Tried, tested & reviewed
Getting out of the house on those cold winter months can be hard to do but it’s necessary to ensure you keep your sanity. Finding yourself on 10 inches of ice with a hand auger and an ice fishing rod and reel can be one of the best ways to get outside during those winter months but you need to make sure you’re prepared for the elements. Being out on the water there is no protection for the wind. This is why you need to come prepared with cold weather gear or even an ice fishing shanty. You need to make sure that you can keep your body warm to help keep you out of harm’s way but to also ensure that you can stay out on the ice for as long as possible. Finding yourself a good pair of ice fishing bibs is one of the first step towards ensuring you can stay out on the ice for long duration’s of time while also remaining safe and warm. If you’re on the market for the best ice fishing bibs and you’re thinking, “What is the best ice fishing suit?”, “What is the best ice fishing clothing?”, “What are the best ice fishing overalls?” or “Where can I find the best ice fishing bibs reviews?” then you’re in luck, here’s our picks for the 5 best ice fishing bibs for the money in 2019.
The Frabill I3 Bib is a 100% seam sealed bib that is completely waterpoof and excellent for icefishing, they’re known for making some of the best ice fishing clothing. You won’t even realise that you are out in the cold when you have this on as it will keep you warm whatever the weather. It is part of the I-Series – a new design from Frabill that is engineered for winter and extreme anglers. It has a waterproof and windproof 300 denier nylon taslan shell, yet it stays breathable due to the inclusion of zipper vents for temperature regulation. This means that you won’t feel like you’re being cooked under so many layers of protection, even if you’re sitting right next to an ice fishing heater! The Thinsulate insulation makes it feel less bulky, and it has full elastic shoulder straps that are adjustable. There is also knee and seat padding, hand warmer pockets, and multiple cargo pockets. There is even 3M Scothlite reflective material. This bib does fit large, and at times too large as it has a very wide fit, so it’s best to be aware of that when ordering. The other downside is for the men. It doesn’t have a fly opening which means that you will need to remove the bib from the shoulder straps when nature calls.
The Striker Ice Predator Bib has taken ice fishing apparel to the extreme. Featuring a 320 denier Tussor Shell, this bib and Termadex Technology, this bib is designed to withstand any weather yet stay breathable the whole time. It is surprisingly not bulky, and allows you a full range of normal movements while protecting you from the weather. It also has a warmth rating of 7 and specialist Hydrapore system that will expel moisture vapor. This will change depending on the outside temperature. One of the best features of this bib is the flotation-assist. The Superflote Insulation, is made from expanded low density polyethylene foam. This traps the air into pockets for added buoyancy. It will provide floatation assistance for up to two hours for the average person so you can somewhat think of this as a floating ice fishing suit. With additional padding at the seat and knee,this bib also features adjustable cuffs, so that you can always get the length of the trousers right. As well as this there are the magnetic zip flap closures, a fast drain hem, and of course expandable cargo pockets. This bib is however one of the most expensive on the market, due to all of this specially designed technology.
The Lockout ice bibs has a specially designed 600 denier polyester outer shell to keep anglers warm and dry. Made with Endura technology, it is made to withstand wind, snow, rain and ice. When venturing out onto the ice, it is important to keep warm, which is why this bib also has a soft internal lining for ultimate comfort and well as 60g of Thermodex insulation to keep the elements out. Not only this, but this bib also has flotation assistance, incorporating the Sureflote technology in order to achieve this. This will effectively create air pockets so that if an accident were to occur you would be able to float a lot easier. This bib even has weather-tight pockets that are great to store whatever you need in. In our opinion they’re some of the best waterproof fishing bibs, especially when you add on a layer or waterproofing spray. They are extra large to suit the range of be it gear or tackle that fishing requires and have easy access zippers so you won’t be fumbling with them.
The Hardwater suit from Striker has been labelled as ‘armour’ for the ice fishing enthusiast..It has a 600 denier Endura outer shell with added insulation that meant it not only protects you from all weather conditions, but in also brings the warmth rating up to a very cosy 9 while still being breathable. This is a bib that really is suitable for all conditions, you’ll feel like you’re still inside you’ll be that protected. Whit the Thermodex insulation, it’s also still easy to work in. It won’t hamper any of your movements or flexibility as it’s not bulky. It does run half a size larger than ordinary cloths so bear that in mind when ordering. As with all Striker bibs, the Hardwater suit has flotation assistance, which will give you added buoyancy should you enter the water. This bib comes with articulated knees for improved comfort and flexibility as well as additional padding and knee areas at 1600 denier. These knee pads however are attached with buttons so they do have a tendency to come off making them some great ice fishing pants. The infinite adjust leg cuffs make the inseam length adjustable and there is reflective material on the front and back. The suspenders on this suit are adjustable and elastic and the chest pockets have a fleece lining for extra warmth.
The Arctix Tundra bib is one of the best valued suits on the market. Even though it’s a cheap price, the quality is still generally good, although it won’t last as long as some of the premium brands. Made from 100% Polyester, it contains 85 grams of ThermaTech Insulation to help you to endure all of the elements while out ice-fishing. This offers the wearer the warmth that they need to withstand the elements while still being a lightweight and low bulk suit. It is reinforced at the seat and knees to help protect these areas from the wear and tear that’s caused by ice. The 20 inch boot zipper means that it is easy to get on and off even over heavy snow boots. It even has boot gaiters with grippers to keep warmth in and moisture out, they’re some exceptional waterproof fishing bibs. This bib has an added D-ring that you can attach keys, gloves, or whatever you need to. It also has pockets with added fleece to keep your hands warm. The sizes for this bib do run small, particularly around the waist area so that is something to be aware of when ordering. They would make for a great gift or bought as a package deal with an electric ice fishing auger or an ice fishing rod and reel combo deal. There are also no adjustable cuffs or flotation-assist which some may deem necessary, however, compared to other brands the price of this bib is greatly reduced.
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