*** What is the best Pop-Up ***
2/18/16 @ 6:28 PM
I have a Clam Nanook, but thinking of getting a pop-up one as well for when I have a few people fishing with me. I want something that 3-4 guys can fit in comfortably. Something like the picture I posted, open to Clam, Eskimo, etc. Any recommendations? I would like to be able to stand up in it as well, I'm 6' Thanks in advance!!
2/24/16 @ 9:52 AM
A couple of years ago I was looking to get one and after looking them all over at a ice fishing show I thought the Eskimo Fatfish 949I was the beast out there. While I was waiting for a sale to go on them my Dad won a Clam Bigfoot at a raffle and didn't want it. I gave him $100 for it and it has been good to me. Haven't looked at the updates over the last couple of years but at the time the eskimo's windows velcroed in but the Clam's(mine)windows are fixed. If one ever cracks (and it is only a matter of time)there is no replacing it. I believe Clam's are replacable now but not sure. I think they are all good if you take care of them. I always bring mine in the basement and dry it off after every use.
2/23/16 @ 3:25 PM
2/20/16 @ 2:57 PM
I have the eskimo 949I and can give you the plus and negative. Positive is it is tall and roomy and stays relatively warm with just a mr. buddy going. Two doors are nice and 3 people is ideal...4 would be crowded. Negatives are it is pretty long to carry on your back...I manage to go about 1/4 mile and that is enough for me. It hits the back of your calfs and goes above your head. I recommend getting a larger sled to drag it in would be ideal. The ice anchors it comes with do not screw in like butter. It probably takes 2 people 10 minutes to work together to get it popped up. I recommend ice anchoring at least 2 hubs or else they will buckle in wind. The big advantage versus a regular shanty is weight and room.
2/20/16 @ 9:47 AM
2/19/16 @ 11:02 AM
I have clam xl 4000t. It's very roomy at 96"x96" with 82 inch center head room. It's insulated so it stays warm with no condensation. It has a large bag that it easily stores in but a little heavy. Only used it a few times but so far I like it very much.
2/19/16 @ 9:02 AM
I have the Eskimo 949 as well and it's a nice hub pop up. I have fished 4 guys out of it. It was tight, but we managed. 3 guys fish with no problems. My recommendation would be to spend a little more and go with an insulated model. Keeps it warmer inside, prevents frost buildup inside, keeps windows clear, and prevents the rain drops of condensation down your back. Also, read the forum "Hub in wind" - you have to be sure to tie it down in anything more than a light breeze or you'll have a kite on your hands. I almost burned my shanty down last year because I didn't have a hub properly tied up. The wind popped it in while I was out checking a tip up, knocked the heater onto my chair and burned the chair inside the tent. Lost a chair, a clear vinyl window in the tent, and some pride Good lesson learned.