New Ice Fishing Equiptment
I think this shack fits a pretty cool niche personally. I have a one-man Wide 1 Inferno and a Fatfish 6120i Hub, use them both for very different applications.
However, the new Evo (after getting a chance to look at it at a retailer) fits a pretty cool middle-ground for a lot of anglers. Most guys I see on the ice don’t run and gun with their one-man shacks. I’m just being honest. If you do, this wouldn’t be for you. But, if you fish by yourself or with one other guy, like to move a decent amount but not a ton, this would be an awesome shack.
Its quicker than a hub for sure (I love my hub when I’m with larger groups, fishing cribs, etc.), and has more room than any one or two man I’ve seen. So again, if you fish by yourself a lot and don’t move constantly (and Ulbian by move, I mean long distances like you mentioned), this would be a great shack. If you truly do run and gun, a true one-man flip-over would probably be better. If I had a young kid or an older family member that I went with just us two a lot, I’d buy one of these no questions asked. The two-man has a ton of room, and would be perfect with a kid because its so much easier to set-up than a hub with a kid running around on the ice, but gives you a large foot print which is nice when fishing with a young kid who likes to move around inside.
Again, its not for everyone, but neither is a hub or a traditional one-man. These Evo’s fit a nice middle ground that I think will be great for a lot of anglers.
If you are "running and gunning" from one side of the lake to another where the distance is a mile or two then it could be a bit cumbersome. If that's what you are doing then you are packing up all of your gear anyway. If you are moving from spot to spot and only going within a hundred yards or so you wouldn't have to take the thing down completely. Just leave it set up and go to the new location. You're not going to be going 100mph to go a handful of yards regardless of the type of shack you have.
I think that those who get this product will not regret their decision but because it's "different" and people are used to their flip-overs this new item is a bit intimidating because "you can't just flip them over." Nope, you can't, but it's not rocket science to set these things up and take them down. So go and look at them up close, sit in them...then form an opinion. I was initially skeptical and asked myself "what's the point? It won't have the space that a hub does and looks like it could be a pain to set up." Then I sat in both models. My initial knee jerk reaction was proven to be false.... However...I'm used to a hub. I suspect that guys who are comfortable with a hub will have zero issues at all with these things. Anyone who only has experience with a flip-over might have some preliminary concerns.
If anyone is in town in Minneapolis this weekend stop out to the Blain Hard Water Expo and check out the new houses.