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Old 01-31-2019, 09:45 AM   #1
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Floating Ice Fishing Suits?

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Does anyone have recommendations for or experience with floating ice fishing suits? The older I get, the more help I need.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:12 AM   #2
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whats your budget?
such suits can cost $500-$2000

i could never afford floating suit,
but what I do is wear a life jacket under my 1 piece,
I have a jetski pfd which is relatively flat to the body not cumbersome,
and adds extra layer of warmth
I also sometimes wear my 5/3 wetsuit as a base layer, not very comfortable as its tight fitting and restricts motion, but works and has a certain level of buoyancy in itself
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:27 PM   #3
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Try the waterfowler's jacket.
https://www.mackspw.com/Onyx-Camoufl...yABEgLrffD_BwE

I've seen them at LL Bean too.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:34 PM   #4
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Take a look at clamoutdoors.com for a float suit called [IA rise]. Nice add in a ice fishing magazine I saw recently. Not sure what it costs.

edit: fyi... I just went to there website and checked the Bibs are $209 and the Parka is also $209.

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Old 01-31-2019, 08:53 PM   #5
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Military supply, my son regularly wears one when he flies his USCG helicopter. They call them Gumby suits. They should also be avalable from sailboat supply houses, under safety gear.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:54 PM   #6
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Maybe try Craig's List if interested in a used one. New ones can get pricey.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:40 AM   #7
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I have a striker and tested it last summer Worked great and is warm for ice fishing
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Does anyone have recommendations for or experience with floating ice fishing suits? The older I get, the more help I need.
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I have a striker and tested it last summer Worked great and is warm for ice fishing
I've been wearing a Striker suit all this winter, their Climate bib and jacket, but have not tested its "buoyancy" yet. It is plenty warm... so warm in fact I don't use the liners that come with the suit. I use the shell over my regular winter garb. I also figure it'll be good as a rain suit for spring/fall pond fishing for brookies.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:56 PM   #9
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Great ideas for floating ice fishing wear

ADKers, Thanks for the responses. I was put off by the $$ of the Coast-Guard approved suits like the Frabill but I didn't know about the Onyx jacket, which is also Coast Guard approved and is now on sale for $150, plus they were offering a discount for signing up for their newsletter. In early spring I use a flat waterski vest for warmth when I troll but never thought about using it for ice fishing, too. Should have. I'll try that Onxy waterfowl jacket--no hood but I have a Gore-Tex shell big enough to wear over it.
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