Preparation is important for any hobby, let alone ice fishing. This hobby can be kind of dangerous, unless you take proper precautions to protect yourself from extreme cold weather. Getting good ice fishing gear is first step towards this process. Main danger associated with going on ice fishing trip is the weather, so getting warm and sturdy clothes should be your number one priority. You’ll be amazed how many people ignore my advice and once they come home, they have to deal with cold or something like that. Getting yourself nice protection from freezing cold weather is easy and inexpensive, i don’t see why you shouldn’t do it. Even if you’re concerned about budget, there are many ways to save money. One way is to buy used ice fishing bibs instead of new ones. Sometimes i find really good deals on craigslist.
A lot of people ask me – do i really need ice fishing bib? Why can’t i just use warm clothes? The thing is, sure, you can use warm clothes instead of buying special bib to wear, but those clothes aren’t designed for ice fishing, so there are still some risks associated with wearing them. Ice fishing bibs, on the other hand, protect not only your upper body but also legs. In tandem with ice fishing boots, they ensure your physical safety and i think that’s hard to put a price tag on.
Other big concern that many people have is bulkiness. When they hear warm clothes, first thing people imagine is bulky and thick clothes that are constricting and uncomfortable. That may’ve been true once, but not anymore. Thanks to modern technologies, manufacturers have managed to make ice fishing bibs that are comfortable and warm at the same time. Sometimes bibs are breathable too. To find out about these qualities and whether the product you’ve chosen has them, you need to read reviews by experienced ice fishing enthusiasts.
Ice fishing bibs usually cost around hundred dollars, so you shouldn’t rush before making a purchase. I’d advise you to take your time, find out what advantages and disadvantages each products have, and make a decision after analyzing that information. Also, i’d advise you to go with mainstream brands like Frabill and Clam. With those brands, you can be sure that you’re getting the best product for your money. There may be some cheap knockoffs out there, but those ice fishing bibs won’t last and eventually buying them will cost you more. If you don’t have time to pick one by yourself, there are many lists compiled of quality bibs on the internet.