As the colder months come near, many people look forward to getting their gear ready for ice fishing, a favorite past time for those who live in colder parts of the country. You can choose lines and hooks or you might be a fan of spearing – but no fishing gear will protect you from the sharp and frosty weather. In order to prepare for this chilling event, the proper attire needs to be worn, the kind that will keep you warm and lots more. Below are ten ice fishing jackets and bibs sold online to help get you through the frigid temperatures.
There are some major differences between jackets and bibs used during ice angling. Before the reviews start, take a moment to see what features set them apart or shows similarities.
Best Ice Fishing Jackets
Here are five of the best jackets for you to consider choosing in preparation for a future ice fishing trip. They were picked on a number of reasons, mostly for value versus expense, safety features, and material quality. If you aren’t sure where to start, jump to the buyer’s guide section to prioritize on the parameters of your desirable apparel.
The Stormr Strykr jacket is sold in three distinct colors: black, red, and grey. It’s made completely of polyester but lined with fleece on the inside. The material also forms the collar. The outer portion blocks out freezing gusts, even when the wind chill is well below freezing. In cold regions, the ability of your attire to stay dry is crucial due to the wicking effect of moisture captured in the fabric. This effect drastically increases the rate of heat loss, which is how the humid weather amplifies the chill. This jacket was made for both humid and dry settings, so bring it with you to see how well it holds in dry, warm air underneath the fleece. The cuffs are especially well made and stay dry, even when you’re working in the snow picking ice or clearing runoff from holes.
Blocks cold winds from entering the torso and neck area;
Keep the body warm and insulated in moderate humidity/freezing conditions for longs periods;
Has waterproof cuffs.
The dark portions of the jacket are not waterproof;
Will make the wearer sweat when worn for work tasks;
May need to be opened to keep moisture from developing in the jacket’s interior.
The Striker Ice Predator is a little bigger, but that’s a quality that you’ll come to love. It’s thick, insulated, and produces ventilation in the upper body well. Instead of getting hot and sweaty, the Tussor Shell airs out with a Thermadex and Hydrapore system. In plain English, this means the jacket contains three layers of fabric, each tasked with keeping wind and water on the outside.
Allows natural ventilation throughout the body with it’s layered Cross Flow;
Contains low-density polyethylene foam that prevents excessive moisture from lingering inside the jacket;
Prevents water from entering during moderate to heavy rainfall.
Size may run a little smaller than what is specified.
Everyone knows that safety is of utmost importance when ice fishing. Knowing what to do in an emergency will keep everyone okay and free from potential injuries. But the best remedy of all is prevention. Safety wise, the Frabill I-Float Jacket has enough crammed underneath and outside the clothing, that some other accessories from your list of must-bring items could be left at home.
Can be used as a floatation device in the water; USCG cert;
Has reflectors to aid in visibility to others during emergencies;
There are drainage patches located throughout the jacket to minimize the amount of water that enters.
Makes lots of noise when the fabric is rubbed against;
Thick material adds more weight to the body when worn, making sweating likely to occur;
No inner pockets featured on the jacket.
Some jackets look so good, you may buy them for the appearance alone. The Frabill Ice I5 is one of those but has a couple other perks that give it a spot on the list. First, there’s the sizing. It’s sometimes hard to choose apparel online, mostly due to sizing inaccuracies. This one gets it right the first time, so as long as you know the correct size you need already, the jacket you pick won’t feel too large or small.
Sizing is accurate and larger/smaller fits are not needed (unless intended);
The elbows are reinforced to make movement in cold weather easier;
Nylon material keeps the fabric from ripping when brushed against and/or pulled;
Contains reinforced elbow pads.
Bulky, may become irritating when used in low humidity environments;
Fabric becomes stiff when worn in frigid temperatures.
The I3 is very similar to the I5 reviewed above. The main difference between them if the thickness. This one is lighter in weight but still retains a floatation device and ice picks. You don’t need a period for it to form to your body either. There are warming pockets located near the tail as well, so try it out if you tend to take off your gloves in between fishing.
There are ice picks on the jacket as a safety precaution;
Takes out the humidity but leaves in the warmth;
Lightweight design that doesn’t require a “break in”;
The jacket might be too short to wear with certain bibs;
The ice picks frequently come out of the holters.
Best Ice Fishing Bibs
The Stormr Strykr bib is a counterpart to the jacket, so it’s what you would want if settling on the first pick that was reviewed already. There are deep pockets on the front that can hold lots of things but won’t become damaged from water; it’s completely waterproof. But if you’re not getting a jacket from the same brand, it’s designed in a way that feels wonderful underneath one that has a PFD device. Simply put, you won’t feel as if you’re carrying too much junk around the torso.
The pockets and chest straps will not interfere with comfortability when wearing PFD jackets over them;
Allows the lower body to remain at room temperature after several hours in the cold;
Has waterproof pockets.
Difficult to size, must be measured according to an individual’s body and preference.
The Striker Ice Predator is next, being made from the same fabric as the jacket. There are magnetic openings along the pockets, entirely waterproof, that are ideal for storing sensitive objects such as smartphones and/or personal items. If concerned with sizing, this one leads by having straps that are built to conform to a number of heights.
Magnetic flaps keep stored contents from exposure to the elements;
Takes away sweat without sacrificing body heat;
Adjustable size makes the beb suitable for various duties;
Padding on the knees and rear.
Seams might be slightly off in the interior of the bib;
Shoulder straps may lose their adjustments and slide when worn.
The Frabill Mens I-Bib is the turtle shell of bibs, having a thick layer of nylon that seems to bounce off any ice and water that comes in the way. It’s odd how the straps on top contradict to the rest of the clothing’s body; the material is dense and almost intimidating but very light toward the upper area that suspends over the shoulders.
Thin straps on the top are small enough to not be felt on the shoulders;
Dense padding along the bottom protect the legs from rough patches of ice when in a kneeling position;
In water, makes it easier to pull body upwards during the event of an emergency.
The thick fabric could make the body warmer than expected;
The reflective lights do not shine as bright as it’s competitor’s bibs;
Shoulder straps are long and require lots of adjusting to get them at the intended size.
The I-Series winter apparel by Frabill has a lot going for it performance-wise. Frabill famously uses the most advanced materials available and cares a lot about how their attire fits the end user. This bib features a 300-denier nylon oxford shell that doesn’t let in water while having good breathability. Its knees and pant cuffs are nylon-reinforced with 500-denier fabric. These bibs are as tough with their 100% seam-sealed design as they are ergonomic, which means the angler will be able to enjoy the comfort of this attire for years to come.
The different layers of fabric give it a breathable interior that keeps odors at bay;
Very large pocket in the front can hold several pound’s worth of personal items;
Has a good balance of counterweight at the bottom without feeling overwhelmed.
An almost full disrobe is required for bathroom breaks; no zippers located near between the hips;
There are no extensions around the liner, making cold air move upwards around the legs.
This Frabill bib model comes complementing the jacket of the same series. Most of the bib’s fabric comprises a 300D nylon Taslan known for its being highly durable, water- and windproof, as well as breathable. 500D nylon reinforced inserts are located on the pant cuffs and knees. The attire stays evenly warm thanks to 3M Thinsulate insulation and features padded sections on the knee and rear area for extra comfort.
Sporadic zippers dot the bib, of which can be opened to for ventilation;
Does not stiffen when used in the cold; walking remains easy to do;
Sizes will fit most body types.
The bib requires the waist to be removed to reach the waist;
Wide fit might be awkward for lean individuals.