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Old 12-20-2009, 06:10 PM
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My winter ice fishing bibs and other clothing is in bad shape. I want to buy the best cold weather clothing I can get. I have heard that Under Armour is really good stuff but it is really pricey. I don't mind spending the money but I want to be sure it's worth the money. I want to replace my CAT winter boots also. The CAT boots are comfortable but I've found they are not the best for keeping your feet warm. I would like to find some boots that are as good as my old "moon boots" I used to wear all the time. Do any of you remember these kinds of boots? Any one find any boots that are better at keeping your feet warm as the old moon boots?

Any really good cold weather stuff that you guys can recommend? I also want one of those full face and neck type stocking caps but I don't know who makes them.

I am not a hunter so I don't care about anything being camo. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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I suggest some comfy pajamas and chair by the fire until spring.

The only other advice is use Hot Chillies or another brand of under clothing that fits tight and thin and wicks sweat off your skin. Then its just controlling wind and precipitation.
I do really like the Hot Chillies. Check Ebay.
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For boots I recommend Sorels, they are the warmest boots I have ever owned. As for clothing just go to Cabela's or on line to Cabela's and look up winter clothing. There are plenty of snowmobile and ice fishing suits. Cabelas gives you a temperature rating on most of their stuff. They also carry the Sorel boots.
If you are talking about Underarmour I assume you mean their thermal underwear. I have a pair and the only thing I don't like about them is they are compression underwear and I find them uncomfortable, kind of like panty hose for the body. For ice fishing I would just get a pair of Cabela's finest long underwear they will be more comfortable.
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I have never heard of Hot Chillies stuff but I will check it out.

Regarding Cabela's stuff. I have owned a lot of Cabela's stuff, some of which I liked and some I didn't. I am looking for personal recommendations not magazine/catalog ratings. I am always under the impression that who ever pays the most for advertising will likely get the best ratings on everything.

Thanks for the info on Under Armour, I didn't realize their stuff was compression clothing. I do not like tight fitting clothing so Under Armour is out for me.

My brother also recommended Sorel boots so I will check them out for sure.

Thanks so far for the info.

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For outerwear, I would suggest the Genz Ice Armor, it is tough, Warm and great pockets. I think the new Vexilar stuff is in line with that. I would look hard at what type of lining and inside coat it has. I have some of the Older Genz and it had available the liner. I think the new stuff with the higher end is on par with that.
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This is what I wear for snowmobiling and I've never really gotten cold.

Under Armor long underwear.
North Face fleece pullover and pants.
North Face jacket and bibs.

Lacrosse Iceman boots.
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Just sitting here and laughing a/b a trip I took last January to the ledge for hoos. I had a guy on the boat with us that wore a sno-mobile suit,(he said), and would be fine for the ride that day. By the way, it was 19 degrees that morning with a high of 30 for the ride back. SWEEET! Anyways it was a 2-3 from the NE that morning and would definitely be wet. I had a Helly Hansons bibb and jacket over some wool and thermals, etc. Stayed really warm and dry that day. Ride was absolutely drenching. I looked back at him on the beanbag in the cockpit for a sec. I swear, he could not get up off that bean bag for $100 dollar bill from that suit being so waterlogged. I think he told us he was around 50 lbs. heavier when we stopped, and very cold. Point is OP, look for waterproofing as well as insulation.
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As a northeast Ohioan (unfortunately) as well my goal has been to NOT BE COLD every winter. I am on my 7th winter now and have only mildly succeeded.

For me, I am usually active when outdoors. The ice fishing you mention as rather sedentary (other than the 12 ounce curls of course!) so the dress would be completely different.

That being said I would go with an outfitter that specializes on your preferred activity. If there is not one for ice fishing (I am unfamiliar) then think of a similar activity. My first thought for ice fishing would be hunting....IE you are sitting relatively still out in the cold.

Other than that, think of a close fitting, wicking base layer, as many relatively loose fitting insulation layers that are required to keep you warm but not sweating, and a hardshell outer layer to keep the wind and precip out...I am a huge fanb of Gore-Tex.
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check out rei.com , arc'teryx and mountain hardware make great stuff. The army contracts them along with north face for our 7 layer system.

underarmor is expensive for what it is, they have both compression and loose fitting.
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Silk socks, long johns and long sleeved shirt for undergarments. Fleece pants with fleece button up shirt. On top of that fleece pulloveer with zippered collar (easier to get on and off), something not too loose. Then goretex OR heavy wool bib pants, prefer goretex myself but wool is better in the woods (quiter) for hunting. I then cover up with a heavy insulated hooded winter jacket with goretex. Fleece form fitting hat, over baclava if really cold. Can also add a neck warmer (fleece). Gloves of choice. I like wool socks over fleece, as fleece really compresses and I don't like it for this application. For boots, I always like the pack style with the heavy inserts for on the ice.

If activity involves hiking, or something where you will need to lighten up as you move on, i add another fleece layer on top covered with a goretex shell jacket, uninsulated. You can remove fleece layers as needed and unzip vents in jacket and pants.

Other option for really sedentary is gointg 1 piece jump suit like for snowmobiling. I am not a fan of these generally as they are very use specific.

As far as brands, most of what I use is Cabela's branded.

When hunting, I will bring along a fleece blanket if I want to post for an extended period and cover my legs and feet with it. Works well for ice fishing too.

by the way, fleece weighs next to nothing and if you bring along a stuff sack, you can compress it when not needed and for transport.

Whatever you use, stay away from cotton.
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My winter ice fishing bibs and other clothing is in bad shape. I want to buy the best cold weather clothing I can get. I have heard that Under Armour is really good stuff but it is really pricey. I don't mind spending the money but I want to be sure it's worth the money. I want to replace my CAT winter boots also. The CAT boots are comfortable but I've found they are not the best for keeping your feet warm. I would like to find some boots that are as good as my old "moon boots" I used to wear all the time. Do any of you remember these kinds of boots? Any one find any boots that are better at keeping your feet warm as the old moon boots?

Any really good cold weather stuff that you guys can recommend? I also want one of those full face and neck type stocking caps but I don't know who makes them.

I am not a hunter so I don't care about anything being camo. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Rocky Boots are the best i ever owned, they are a little bulky, expensive [$160] but when your feet get cold and/or wet your done, plus they are light and confortable, I am on my third pair and i would never buy anything else for working outside in the winter.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:15 AM
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This is more focused on under layers, but I will add my two cents. It is tough to beat the Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser when you are ourside for long periods of time.

I just got a pair of Bogs boots. I have not tried them for any length of time, but they sure came in handy with our 2 feet of snow. A big pair of Sorels is probably where I would go for ice fishing.
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Guy from northern MN chimeing in here.
Boots = Lacrosse get a pac boot, taller sole to keep your foot off of the ice farther (good wool or similar socks are also key). I'd stay away from boots with felt liners
Underwear= Under Armor makes non-compresion fit stuff too, I use it and some Cabela's thermals, both good.
For the outer wear check out Sno suit http://www.snosuit.com/
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OK, I will expand on my previous response. By the way I do not work for Cabelas but have used their stuff for 30 years and I trust them with my outdoor clothing selections and if I ever had an issue they replaced or gave me credit with absolutely no hassel.

For ice fishing only not hiking, or moving around a lot because you will be too warm.

1. Cabelas Trans Alaskan Suit $399
2. Cabelas Polar weight Polartec underwear Zip tee neck $50, Drawers $45
3. Cabelas Trans Alaska PAC Boots $170
4. Cabelas Polartec socks 300 wt $15

You said price was no object. This is what I would buy for myself if I were looking for ice fishing clothing and wanted to be as warm as possible. If you get cold in this combination better go to your doctor and get your circulation checked out. I live in Wisconsin and do a lot of outdoor stuff including a little ice fishing and I don't have this good an outfit and I stay warm.

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I have and love the Patagonia polypropylene underwear with the REI brand a close second. Not tight fitting but thin and warm. For outerwear check out Refrigiware, Iron Tuff series. This stuff is designed to be worn is slaughter house freezers. Very warm and very durable! That's what I use.

Boots . . . Irish Setter. They are relatively light, warm, and dry. Made by Red Wing shoes.
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Sorry, Irish Setter are great hunting boots. I have a pair but not for ice fishing. If you are going to be outdoors standing.sitting for hours you need serious extreme cold weather boots.
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OK, I will expand on my previous response. By the way I do not work for Cabelas but have used their stuff for 30 years and I trust them with my outdoor clothing selections and if I ever had an issue they replaced or gave me credit with absolutely no hassel.

For ice fishing only not hiking, or moving around a lot because you will be too warm.

1. Cabelas Trans Alaskan Suit $399
2. Cabelas Polar weight Polartec underwear Zip tee neck $50, Drawers $45
3. Cabelas Trans Alaska PAC Boots $170
4. Cabelas Polartec socks 300 wt $15

You said price was no object. This is what I would buy for myself if I were looking for ice fishing clothing and wanted to be as warm as possible. If you get cold in this combination better go to your doctor and get your circulation checked out. I live in Wisconsin and do a lot of outdoor stuff including a little ice fishing and I don't have this good an outfit and I stay warm.

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the trans alaska boot is the most comfortable warmest ice fishing boot ive ever owned. nothing else is even close to being in the same league.

im a bit traditional and a big fan of wool as both a base layer (merino wool long underwear from cabelas) and as an outer garment as well. i would suggest a pair of filson wool bibs at the very least. when youre auger is slinging slush and water, wool keeps you warm even when wet. there are a ton of options for your top half, be sure you include something with a windstopper liner.
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No specific recommendation for gear, but the old adage "layer, layer, layer' really does hold true.
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A down jacket with at least 650 fill. will keep you warm,, the the North Face stuff its tops, or Spyder,, they both make excellent light weight jackets in 650+ down,, light and not to "puffy"..
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There is no substitute for a good down jacket. I worked outdoors for 10yrs broke a tooth chewing gum it was so cold. Skip Sorels my feet froze in those boots I ended up buying a pair of wolverine boots with a 1000 grams of thinsulate and gortex. I dont know if there still available but i would look for a really good leather boot instead of the boots with the rubber bottom. If it was really cold we wore something like a Carhartt bib coveralls
This should be a good boot
http://www.wolverine.com/US/Product/...port-Boot.aspx
I would also stay away from steel toe
http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId=10908#
If your feet get cold the rest of you will be cold

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