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
Finlander

Hub type pop up portable house?

37 posts in this topic

Anybody have any opinion about these type of houses?

They seem to work the same as a Double Bull pop up blinds.

I see Eskimo Clam and Frabill all make similar types!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can for see wind as an issue. I know it is an issue with my hunting blind, and sometimes that's even with it staked down and tied off. Don't know how you would do that on the ice??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fished in one before and it was bad in my opinion. You need a base like a sled or a floor to keep wind a non issue. They are cheap but not worth the money once you try using them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have one and it works fine. I've used mine with my two boys and there is plenty of room and it has flaps on the outside to bank snow.

It also has t-screws I can anchor in the corners or draw strings on each side on the outside.

I got this for my boys as a Christmas gift last year and we went out about 1/2 dozen times in some strong winds and had not issue with it at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good old Ice cube.

Once you set them up and anchored properly, they're a lot stronger in the wind than other portables. For the most part, the fabric is under tension and it won't flap or rattle. Get some kind of flooring and you're set.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have owned and fished in just about every kind of portable out there and the Hub type is by far the best. Very light weight, easy to set up and the 4 person is plenty big for two and lots of gear. Extreme high winds can be a problem, but I don't know any canvas portable where that is not an issue. I think you can see the current popularity now that Clam has come out with a couple of models. No floor can be a problem, but that is the case with flip overs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my flipover, I just slide my seat back and keep my feet in the sled. I adjust where I drill my holes to accomadate that as well. Seems to work just fine for me. But I am sure not all flip overs have the ability to slide the seat back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my flipover, I just slide my seat back and keep my feet in the sled.

I have a trap scout and I do the same thing to maximize the room. Keeps the feet off the ice as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I'm by myself, I bring in the comfy gears like a loungechair, table, etc...

Falling asleep is always dangerous, but that's what a -45 sleeping bag is for.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought an Eskimo last year and it works fine. Only drawback is that it's a lot of work if I want to move around a lot. So I don't move much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought an Eskimo last year and it works fine. Only drawback is that it's a lot of work if I want to move around a lot. So I don't move much.

Are you kidding me! With the two man, just pick up gear, stand up and the shelter is on your legs. Look through the window and walk! Get to new spot, set everything down.

LOL's

Of course it won't work like that, but could you imaging an ice shelter that was thirty feet away, and moment by moment it's sneaking up on you and before you know it, it's three feet away from you. Too funny.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would have to say the new Clam pop-up's..the Hub ase Camp (Set Up Size: 72" x 72" x 78") and the CLAM Command Post (Huge Set Up Size: 144" x 72" x 78") is well built, and easy to set, break down, and pack up.

I have set the Eskimo's and a few other makes..the new Clams appear to me to set-up the smoothest, and stay tight as a drum.

Large storage bags on the new clam Hubs is a nice upgrade over the rinkydink Eskimo storage bag...that is a pain to get anything into it. Most guys toss them Eskimo bags and replace them with Decoy bags or large duffel bags...far easier to use.

The Clam Hub Basecamp & the CLAM Command Post have carry case's that are large and well made and comes with all theice stakes an ropes needed to secure it in wind.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

a couple of ice anchors and your set, bank some snow to keep any wind out and if theres no snow I picked up some of soderblooms snaktors to use instead. My buddy has a clam flipover and the fabric doesnt even come all the way to the ice surface so theres always a wind problem with his and I can state with confidence that he paid alot more than I did. I have also used it for a shelter during deer hunting trips. I got a heater, cot and a table in there, like to see you do that with a flipover.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These should add for some good entertainment on the ice this year, with guys trying to chase down their shack as it get blown down the lake.

I like the price tag and the weight, but moving around would be a pain on windy days just for the fact you would have to ancor it down every time you move. The days where it's not windy and you don't have to ancor it down it would be good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I own the eskimo quickfish 3 and have not had any problems and it is not a pain to move around. I really like mine and am looking to get another.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had my Cube 4 person for a couple of years now and am always experimenting with hole location. Have any of you come up with a good system for two guys fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These should add for some good entertainment on the ice this year, with guys trying to chase down their shack as it get blown down the lake.

I have seen plenty of them flipovers and clams blow across a lake also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yogi bear is smarter than the average bear...LOL's

On the windy days, the hub styles can be very useful...(except for the small one)

Step 1: set up hub

Step 2: drill hole from inside of hub, out of the wind.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would have to say that clams new hub style house looks pretty slick, its easy to set up and looks solid.

If you go to Thorne Bros HSOforum they have a video to watch about how to set up. It looks very easy and fast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Snake, didn't see that video on the TB HSOforum. Where on the site did you see it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CLAM????????????? VERY VERY VERY SPENDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you guys should be looking at quality of the item you buy you can buy the same thing at a lower $ with out paying out the a** for the name of the item!!!Look it all over and look at all of the items then make up your mind. If you take care of your stuff then it should last a life time!!!!!!!! Some times the most dollars does not mean the best or better some times less is better!!!???? Or really good . bought a team wild 2 man flip over for 350.00 at fleet farm, look at all this one stood out because of workman ship and price. plus you can stand up in it . You get what you pay for !!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Keith, are you talking about hub style portables or portables in general? The team wild flip styles is a completely different type of portable (great value from what I have seen). But the hub style is for a specific niche and I think the three main competitors for this type are Clam, Eskimo, and Shappell - I think they are priced in the same ballpark.

Personally, I am interested in the 6 man hubs (outpost/quickfish6) for when I go out with 4+ people. It is compact, light, roomy, and cheap for the size. The next comparible sled/flipover or cabin style are disigned for 4 max and you need a big truck or trailer to haul around. The hubs fit in the trunk. When fishing solo or with 2-3 of us the FT Pro and Lodge get the nod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been looking into getting something a little easier to move around before I start driving the car out on the lake (I currently have an old suitcase style fish house that is quite heavy!) I had seen this style house online before but never really thought it would hold up quite as well as the flip over style, but from reading this thread it looks like this might be exactly what I need for a much more reasonable price!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Too bad you weren't in the market for these last spring. I was blown away at the sale prices on these things (eskimos) last spring. Every once in a while you'll see them for sale cheap on the classified sites.

If you are looking for something light, good size and compact travel size - these type of portables seem to be the ticket. You won't find a flipover or cabin that is 6x6ft and can stand in for around $200 and only weighs around 25lbs. Obviously, not the best option for everyone, but definitly addresses an important niche for Ice fishing shacks. I love my otter lodge, but at 110lbs+ and over 6'x3' colapsed - it can be a pain to haul around, especially if I am by myself.

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

    • Keep an eye on those trees. They tend to jump in the way when your not looking.    won't be the same without ya. 
    • Truth be told it was the outstate money that originally built the metro into what it is. Without that funding St Paul would be nothing more than St Peter is today. 
    • Can't argue with the last part
    • I wonder if a person gets an extended warranty if that will help?  I have a 2011 with 5.3 silverado and all is good today so I'm thinking og looking into that.
    • My last kayak adventure was less than stellar wound up in the drink. And it was a cold drink at that. A very memorable paddle up to that point. It was the first time I had ever been on the water with snow on everything. It was awesome.    Alas, my 'yaks are all put up for the season now. Waiting for next years adventures to begin. 
    • I am toying with the idea of doing a little calling this weekend. The moon is nice and dark, so the first and last few minutes  of daylight might make something happen. It all depends on what I stumble into for sign. The majority of the deer hunters have been done for a while, so the free meals are going to be getting harder to come by. 
    • The fans I was talking about are 12 volt and only 1" deep. Putting them under the heater might not do the job because the heat from heater rises. If you have room in the lower cabinet on your heater you could mount one fan inside and blow the heat out the grill on the front of the heater.
    • I thought last night's game was surprisingly entertaining considering how low scoring it was for most of it. Not sure if people outside of MN and TX would agree. Rudolph dropping that ball in the end zone was devastating - IMO it was a bigger play than the final one. As much as I hate to see us continue to lose, I honestly have never seen a team lose so many starters at key positions and still be competitive. Says a lot about our coaching, depth, and players buying in.   Will be interesting to see what we can do with our OL without having a 1st rd pick this off season. As others have said, it wouldn't be a bad strategy to use every draft pick we have on the linemen.      
    • Yes. Unlike you I have a job and a life.   I'll just say that whatever it's about you are right because that's the only thing I could ever say that you would possibly agree with me on. I won't get in the way of your libertarian fantasies.
  • Our Sponsors