Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
IceNutt

Vexilar & Cabelas

14 posts in this topic

I purchased my Vex from Cabela's last year. It came with a Cabela's branded battery and I had to buy the Smart Charge extra. Can't complain as I haven't had a problem. I personally think Cabela's is kinda weak in their ice fishing offerings but it's their choice. On the flip side, it's nice to see the small guys making a difference, i.e. Scenic Tackle, Ice Saws, Big Stick etc. Sorry I got off the subject but you get the point.

------------------
IceNut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know what "Pack" I have but it has the 9 / 19 degree transducer and the selector switch mounted onthe tray. It also has the battery indicator mounted to the tray. I purchased the case seperatly and I love it... I did some research on the cone size and being that I do most of my fishing in 20 ft or less I discovered that the 19 degree option was a must.

Just my 2 cents...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cabela's just ruined it for anyone who wants to mount a vex on a blue box and that sucks! I will never go to Cabela's again. You can still buy a LX-3 and put it on a blue box. In fact I can't see myself buying a vex if I have to buy the pro pack. It will be a LX-3 in my house this year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Geeze....relax. You can still buy the Vex and just the Vex at places Like L&M Fleet, Thorne Brothers...etc.

It's not nescessary to badmouth a place just because they don't sell the exact package you want.

Personally I don't like Cabelas and find them to be more of a logo then anything else...But for those who love the store, I am happy they found someone they like to shop.

PCG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is my point PCG you wont be able to buy the vex with an ice-ducer. Anywhere!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was my take on what was said as well. You can still buy the stand alone unit (i.e. no battery, no charger, no case, etc.), but NOT with an ICE-DUCER. You will still be able to buy ice-ducers separately. But if you want a setup for ice fishing, you will have three options: 1)Pro-Pack, 2)Value-Pack, or 2)stand-alone unit w/puck or high-speed ducer, PLUS an additional ice-ducer. Period. This basically means all those other "packages" that other companies sell (e.g. Cabela's, Thorne Bros., Reeds, etc.) will no longer exist because these companies won't be able to buy just the unit/ice-ducer combo from Vexilar. ...unless I interpreted something wrong.

I don't know if Cabela's was the specific company that "screwed it up for everybody". Cabela's has a large finger in the pot and were probably a significant part of the problems that caused Vexilar to make this decision.

But I digress ... to my original post. I didn't want to create a "Cabela's bashing" thread by any means. Just wanted to know 1)quality/reliability of Cabela's "Soft Pack" package(batt,charger,setup,etc.) and 2)12 vs. dual cone angle opinions

[This message has been edited by Matt D (edited 12-03-2002).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heard from the Brainerd Jaycees that they have had the same problem we have had here in Aitkin with Vex. They are swamped and not able to fill their orders anywhere as of late...if it is not in stock at the store they ain't gettin' more. We were told to have our orders in to Vex by early Dec or they would run out! Looks like that has happened! Give 'em a break though...they have a fabulous product and everyone wants it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I apoligize for not reading that post correctly.

That's a big sh!t in my hat, as I was going to purchase a new FL-8...But only the unit as I have the blue box, new battery and brand new 19 deg ice ducer.....

Guess not...Where's a good place to get an FL-8 serviced? Need a new on/off switch and have the brushes cleaned...

PCG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PCG: You CAN currently still get stand alone units, but you'd better hurry because the only ones out there will be the ones retailers have in stock; they won't be getting any more. I was just at Scheel's here in Grand Forks last night and they had some FL-8's on hand (just unit + ice-ducer).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BTW my above post is in respect to the fl18, it could be the same situation with the 8's but, I do not have that information!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I purchased a pro pak from Cabelas last year(FL-18) and have not had any trouble with the battery or anything else. The only thing is Cabelas don't include the batt. status indicator or the free video that you would have received if you bought it from Vex. But I called Vexilar and they were nice enough to send me the video. But if your going to spend the money buy the Vex pro pak because it comes with a better charger, battery, batt. status indicator, free video, and it's put together at Vex and they test it out before sending it to you. Just my $.02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm curently in the market for an FL-18. Through some research, info. here, and visiting the local Cabelas, I've learned some interesting tidbits, and have some questions.

First, Cabela's sells a "Soft Pack" package that they piece together using the unit, but a different battery, charger, tray, case and no battery status indicator. This is NOT the same setup as the Vexilar "Pro-Pack". How many you have purchased the Cabela's package and have you experienced any problems?

I also learned off another thread that Vexilar will no longer be selling individual units to Cabela's (only their "Pro" and "Economy" Packs) to prevent them from piecing together their own packages. Apparently Vexilar has received complaints about about problems with non-Vex package setups.

Finally, the Cabela's setup only comes with the 12 degree transducer, and they will not do a switch for a dual beam. I'd be interested in hearing pros/cons of each and where I might find a competitive price on a "Pro-Pack" with a dual beam.

I know the Vexilar topics get beat to death here at times. But I have a strong feeling the debates on this particular BB help to make sure that we the anglers get the best these businesses have to offer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I could live with it not coming with the battery status indicator, since you can buy 'em separate for another $17. I guess if a problem ever popped up with the battery, Cabela's has always been very good about service/exchange on anything with their name on it. Now if they'd just swap out the 12 deg. transducer for a dual beam, I'd be happy with their customer service. Otherwise, Scheel's will probably get my business and I'll have to save my gift certif. & discounts at Cabela's for another toy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought my 18 at cabela's last year with their soft pack. The pack itself is alright, but I have been happy with the battery and charger. The 12 degree cones works fine for me, but I haven't fished over 40 feet to need another cone. I think the battery indicator that Vex sells is INFERIOR to the SmartCharge I ended up getting. I own both, and perfer the SmartCharge. It is to bad this options is not going to last long.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    •   When someone gets to the personal aspect, whether it's me or someone else, I will challenge them and if they can justify what they have said about an individual --OK -- otherwise show me why, and if it is just their opinion say so. I'll accept that if it's their opinion.   There is nothing generic about an insult, an insult is an insult. What do you consider as a douchebag?
    • Not sure why people get so worked up about being called dummies, poopyheads and sons of bees.  Whatever, its generic insults and this is the internet.   But yeah, there's a line somewhere in the there that separates the real douchebags* from the rest of us.  You know it when you see it.   *Sorry if any douchebags felt personally attacked by being called douchebags.
    • I was addressing it to JigSawJimmy Peatmoss  response : That's an opinion, not anything more , so I let it go.
    • Created/Saved all these jobs, cut gajillions off AF1 costs, etc.  Ok, so how did the that work?  Usually these sort of dealings aren't totally one sided.  At least the carrier deal had a bunch of Pence fingerprints on tax incentives Trump took credit for.   I have doubts that King Cheeto just shows up and blows a bunch of smoke up assses and corporate executives are just like, "Yay!"   Is Trump's Twitter bully pulpit that powerful?  He randomly yells at Boeing and they just fold over for him?  I thought we realized Trump on Twitter is only for the LOLs.
    • Well hope the Trump supporters are having fun, seems those days are numbered. Turns out you can't just yell fake news at real news and make it go away. The Feds are closing in, and at best it seems Trump thinks throwing Manafort to the wolves might get them off his tail. Anywho, lots of news today.   The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign   McCain: Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes    Because this happened - House Intelligence chair discloses classified intel in clumsy effort to validate Trump   Also this earlier in the day -  Former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government."     And in completely unrelated news - remember those Carrier jobs you bragged about Trump saving? Yeah, those jobs are gone. Carrier pocketed the tax breaks then screwed the workers anyway. Great negotiation there. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/job-cuts-endure-at-indiana-factories-despite-trump-pressure-416511193.html
    •   Who are you addressing this to? I did not make the statement only re-posted it. I also don't find PEATMOSS's comment very humorous as well.   PEATMOSS said: This is still, by far, the funniest thing I have ever read on these threads in a decade.
    •   Anything you post on here from now on has no merit or credibility as far as I'm  concerned.  I wasn't even going to respond to this, but feel what you posted needed to be. If you wish to call my mother a dam, you will, the same as you called another persons mother that. I don't give a rats butt what your political views are, however when you start getting into personal attacks you had better look in a mirror. You don't probably don't know anyone on here personally, yet you attack someone on a personal bases, call there mother a dam and ridicule them because they had a lower portion of a leg amputated due to something they can control, but had no control whether they have the illness and sometime that illness makes you pay a price. BD2 has that illness he can control to a certain extent where he can lead a normal life, however there will be complications and from what I know of him he will accept that. I don't know DB2 personally, I've never met him, I've debated against some thing on this where he and I have had different views, I respect his opinions even though I disagree on many, BUT I SURE AS H--- DON"T ATTACK HIS ANCESTORY OR  ANY TYPE OF DISABILLITY
    • Yea yea all ya auld pharts would  pass out the minute she popped the first button!!
    • Would he get a free hoodie for his efforts?
    • Great to see this in Minnesota. Trout has been on my bucket list and will happen this year. The mix of largies and smalls really works for this show and plays into the guys heads. I was pulling for Hack. He's become one of my favorites. I think these guys are gaining a new appreciation for MN.  Except maybe the Lane Bros.
  • Our Sponsors