11/27/14 @ 9:04 AM
1/7/15 @ 4:00 PM
Just got my Expedition Anorakk suit today. Looks and fits great, lots of pockets and cool features. I am happy that it only cost me $199 at L&M Fleet Supply. I'll post back after I use it a few times, but from the reviews that I read it sounds like it is as nice or better than some of the other suits going for twice the price or more.
Edited on 1/7/15 4:02 PM
1/7/15 @ 3:47 PM
I ll back up paddler1,I don't think gore tex is necessarily the answer for the wet knee thing.I own a set of cabelas bibs that I've had for almost 15 years.theyll keep your knees dry for a little while but especially if it's wet on the ice; you'll be wet.Theyre gore tex.Just bought some frail i3 bibs for 160$ on Amazon.Havent tried them yet,but they look and fit great with some cool features.
1/6/15 @ 7:25 PM
1/5/15 @ 8:03 PM
Actually the entire suit that I own is leaking through when out in wet snowy conditions. It also provides about 30 minutes of protection from boat spray when trolling in the very early spring. I have a Gore Tex jacket which I have worn in the rain for hours and it did not leak through. I do not kneel on the ice for long periods of time so I truly believe the Gore Tex layer would hold up for many years. Perhaps not so much if you do kneel on the ice for long periods of time. As for now I use an old boat cushion that I have to bring in and thaw after using it.
1/5/15 @ 6:19 PM
Seems like folks look to GoreTex as the answer for wet knees. The problem with this somewhat pricey fabric is that is porous(breathable). It will let water vapor out, but kneeling will eventually work water into the fabric and it will "wet out". An inexpensive pair of knee pads may be a better solution as they can be comfortable while providing both insulation and protection.
1/5/15 @ 10:58 AM
1/3/15 @ 8:20 AM
I work with a guy who said the Klim bibs are very good quality. He uses them for snowmobiling. I think next year I will see what they have. Having Gore Tex is the way to go. Otherwise, the chemical waterproofing just washes off. I wish one of the "ice suit" companies would consider incorporating Gore Tex.
1/2/15 @ 6:34 PM
Update on my Frabill I2 bibs. Wednesday when out on the ice my pants froze to the ice and when I got up there was a small tear below the knee. Tonight I just took off the bibs and noticed the seam split in the butt area. Not very happy right now and can't get a hold of someone at Frabill to talk to.
12/27/14 @ 6:04 AM
12/26/14 @ 8:47 AM