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
Jari Razskazoff

Who makes that Floating Ice Fishing Clothing?

20 posts in this topic

I thought it was Ice Armour, but thorne bro'z told me that ice armour is not bouyant.

Who makes that bouyant ice fishing outer gear, and where can I get it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ice Armour is made by Clam Corp and the are right, is not bouyant. But will keep ya nice n warm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go to sponsor showcase on the forums list page. Arctic Armour is on there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes , you can purchase it online through Fishing MInnesota on the Outdoor Pro store.

Arctic Armor is made by Idi gear and they have numerous models including camo for the people looking for a camo version. A very warm suit and yes, if you fall through the ice, this suit could save your life.

If you have any further questions in regards to ordering a suit, please feel free to conatct me at the numbers below.

http://www.outdoorprostore.com/arctic-armor.html

507-964-2773

320-510-1650

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just got my new Artic Armor tonight, now I cant wait for the ice to come, ok I can, but now I am prepaired!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Harvey Lee- any word on if the US Coast Guard will ever approve it to be classified as a PFD?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As far as I know its not as of now but I talked to the Auxilary coast guard guys and they were very interested in it. From what I was told in order to be coast guard approved the flotation has to be able to hold someone above water for a certain amount of time ( I dont remember what the time period was) without becoming water logged or anything of the sort and I think that may be a issue with the AA but Im not sure.

I used my Arctic Armor for ice fishing all last winter and early spring fishing and now fall fishing and I have nothing but real good things to say about it.

Hopefully I will never have to worry about the flotation part of it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Financially, at this time, it's not feasible to certify Arctic Armor for a certified PFD. Don't look for it to happen anytime soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hopefully I will never have to worry about the flotation part of it.

I was tempted a couple of times last fall to jump in just to see!

I went from carharts to arctic ice so I am a little biased but it was by far one of the best purchases I have made!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am confused. It says it floats on the web link Harvey provided. So does it float, and if yes, when you order the suit do you need to consider you body weight and height?

And how long will you float? They guy in the picture is on his back, but if you fall in ice fishing I am sure you will be head up, trying to get out of the hole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One never knows when this could happen. We will just need to wait and see what Idi gear does.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, the suit floats and has the ability to hold up 750# for an indefinite amount of time. There is buoyancy built into the insulation fibers which also does not retain moisture.

I've personally jumped in, fell in and walked in several times with the suit on and not once have I not floated. It's a wonderful product.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's the best thing I've purchased since my boat. Never had to use the floating part of it, but it's warm and lite. I used it for hunting as well as I got the camo and it was very comfortable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Financially, at this time, it's not feasible to certify Arctic Armor for a certified PFD. Don't look for it to happen anytime soon.

Its a cost issue like TO mentioned. Apparently the expense of putting the gear through the testing would have to be passed on to the consumer by increasing the price of the gear to a point which is not competitive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hopefully I can answer some of your questions: Arctic Armor suits are designed to float, and will NEVER lose their buoyancy unless you would totally destroy the suit by burning or melting it. You do not have to worry if you are 'large' because the amount of INSULTEX (The insulation that keeps you warm and makes you float) increases when sizes increase. There is enough buoyancy in one suit to float a lot more than just 1 person. Should the ice break, no need to let go of that auger. If you are out with a friend, who is not wearing Arctic Armor, and the ice breaks, they will be able to hold onto you and not worry. If you look at the videos on our HSOforum (www.idigear.com) you will see that you do not fall into the water wearing our suits, you fall on top of the water. In regards to USCG Certification as a PFD: Currently we have no plans to obtain certification. All this would do is add quite a bit of cost to the suit and we want to try to keep it affordable to everyone. It's ironic that this came up as we have a meeting tomorrow here in Pittsburgh with the River Rescue EMS. They are interested in adding Arctic Armor to their equipment. This way they could slip their orange life vest (USCG Approved) right over the suit. Thay way they would conform to the rules but now have much more buoyancy along with unprecedented protection from the wind and cold.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought it was Ice Armour, but thorne bro'z told me that ice armour is not bouyant.

Who makes that bouyant ice fishing outer gear, and where can I get it?

There are two fishing minnesota sponsors that sell Arctic Armor. The Outdoor Pro store and Reel Fishing Outfitters. Either sponsor will be able to take care of your needs. If you are in southern Minnesota, Reel Fishing has a store front where you can try them on and look at the different colors.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When is the green suit gonna be available on Fishing Minnesota?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are in almost daily conversation with IDI Gear regarding the Green Plus suit. They are in route from the factory but are not available at the warehouse yet. IDI Gear cannot give us a firm date for shipment to our stores. If you wish to see one, we have one suit for demo purposes at our store. As soon as we have a firm date for delivery, we will let everyone know.

Both the our store and the Pro store will recieve the inventory around the same time.

Joe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Oh yeah, a lot of the newer 1/2 tons have frame rust issues as well.  If you want a serious off-road machine, you need to go back to the models with the straight front axles, and of course, they're getting harder to find in decent shape too.  Especially in the rust belt.  You can still find solid older trucks if you head west, young man...        
    • Just to be clear- The wrangler wasn't introduced until 87 so at least compare apples to apples and having owned ford,chevy and dodge trucks of the Wrangler era I can testify they all have issues. My 08 Ram had more frame and fender rust than my older Jeep. The Chevy's have plenty of frame issues as well. Yes. It's a concern but if you want something like this,there is no better alternative.   https://www.google.com/search?q=chevy+frame+rust+problems&client=opera&hs=Lrs&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAnPz1kMrTAhVpw4MKHSs9B1UQ_AUICigB&biw=800&bih=381
    •   Good questions. You have 3 body style configurations to choose from.  The YJ body was made from 87-97 and that had either a 4 cyl or an inline 6. It had leaf springs and a pretty spartan interior IMO. Some serious off roaders liked the leaf springs but they rode pretty rough IMO.   I feel the 4 cyl is anemic especially with bigger tires. The 4.0 inline 6 is bulletproof, has decent torque and power and fits the Jeep about perfectly. In the YJ series the manual transmission seemed like a better option in my experience.   The TJ ran from 98-06. This version replaces leaf springs with coil over shocks. Mine is an 06 and has the dana rear with the 4.0 and auto trans. I have BFG AT KO 32x10s and on gravel they have taken out 2 side mirrors by throwing rocks at them.    I prefer the TJ series. It has better suspension and interior than the YJ while keeping the original drive train. Fuel economy pretty much sucks as you are essentially driving a brick. I probably get about 12 MPG. If they had done a diesel I would think the wrangler could get 30 but...   The JK series replaced the TJ and was a pretty radical redesign. The body is wider, the drivetrain is totally different and the interior was upgraded quite a bit as well. They went to a pentastar V6 instead of the inline 4.0. trans was upgraded as well. They also started to sell the 4 door unlimited which gives more interior space as well. The new ones are much more civilized and refined which is great for taking the top off and driving to the lake or beach. OTOH they are expensive and harder to justify taking off the top and heading into the woods to hunt or find mud. 
    • Yes, you do have to have at least a weak cell signal and battery for the GPS to work. I know that can be challenging at times in the woods.
    •   Not sure about the new V6, but the old inline 6 was bulletproof, and had a lot of low end torque, which is a desirable feature in an off-road vehicle.       Any 1/2 ton pickup truck from the 70's and early 80's in particular, had a much better frame than a Jeep.  Body panels rust in all of them.   Not saying this is a deal-breaker for a Jeep, just something to watch for, since it is a very common problem.    
    • After doing a little looking there are a lot of options to these things. Anyone know how that new V6 compares to the in line 6? Some of the stuff I would like is the bigger tires and because I would consider putting a plow on it a lower rear end gear. The Dana 44 rear axel would be nice and would want a hard and soft top. I'm in no hurry to get one so Ill wait till the right one comes around. There are a lot of them out there that never leave the tar. More options in the later models as far as transmissions to. So it also comes down to how much I want to spend on one and how late of a model to buy. Sure don't want to spend 35K on a new one.
    • Well yeah but can you name a vehicle built for off road including any domestic pickup truck that doesn't have issues with rust. Fenders, rockers, frames etc. If you play in the mud and salt you need to maintain them. UTVs are no different. Ask yourself why Polaris would put the air filter canister intake in the rear wheel well so it is sucking in the air from the dustiest area they could possibly draw it from resulting in a 4k bill when the motor grenades.    Jeeps are fun, used ones can be had at a reasonable price but by their nature you need to be careful when you purchase because if the previous owner drove them the way they were marketed then they may have some issues.   But the aftermarket has an amazing amount of mods,upgrades and accessories to make your Jeep into anything you want and because the generally go 10 years between major design changes there are a large number of parts available if you need them.     
    • Anyfish it's still points and way better than a zero for points! Congrats on the fine eating bird.
    • Pick up a Jake morning.  Not going help the team score, if at all.  But it sure will taste good.
  • Our Sponsors