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Naturboy

New Portable Style Fish House

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I just saw this fish house design by North Winds Escape. Thought the integrated ski design is pretty slick, along with the chairs that unfold with the shack.

http://www.northwindsescape.com/ 

Has anyone seen it at any of the shows or stores?

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checked out the page, I thought they looked like a great idea and then I saw the price they are asking...... no thanks.

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I don't know at almost a grand for a 1 man, that's  too pricey for most.

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From what I can see the shelter itself is roughly equivalent in size to the Clam 2000.  Its maybe a little bigger but only has 2 eight inch holes in the 2 man house.

The sled concept is nice but you can get the Clam 2000 for $299 where as their 2 man is $1455.  Not sure the sled and a little more space is worth over $1100.

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the only differentiation I see on their page is that it is fully assembled.  Frankly, I've sat at Reeds and looked at houses and got the itch and then realized I didn't want to spend 2 hours putting it together before I got to fish with the house (page says 4 hours whatever).  If assembly bugged me that much I could pay my nephew $100 to do it and I'd be ahead of the game.

you could buy 5 Clam 2000 and drill the holes and spread out and hole hop that way?

Finally, are there any more celebrity ice fishing guides/pros to endorse any more houses to get this one going?  Maybe Dennis Anderson from Strib?  He could write ice fishing articles with the house in the article.  He writes an article once a year on the long barrel shotgun...he did it last weekend.

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There was a large Facebook discussion on these houses not to long ago and most said looks cool price is unrealistic, with the number of houses and makers out there now asking well over $1000 for an uninsulated house is a bit crazy

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Yeah, a kind of similar Shappelle is under 300 bucks and a lot lighter. Also, watching the vid, could help but think those plastic levers might not hold up well when -10 and slush is fozen in and around whatever mechanism is raising and lowering it. Similarly, think anyone that has the coin to buy it is not going to be pulling it around by hand, and just do not see that thing in one piece after a 40 mile roundtrip LOW trail ride. Maybe I'm wrong. Always cool to see new innovations though.......just hope he did not take out a second mortgage to fund this.

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Nice to see people thinking oitside the box, but like others said the price is way out of line for what you get.  

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Nice to see people thinking oitside the box, but like others said the price is way out of line for what you get.  

Speaking of outside the box I saw a new company with a new hub shelter that has a removable floor and some nice features. I think they are called Polar Bird.

Anyone know anything about them ? The prices looked fair on their page

TIA

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Tiny and stores too big....I like my hub. But all mine mounts on my ATV so no sled to store either. Its a good idea though.

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