What is the best ice shanty?

10/8/15 @ 12:57 PM
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ttime
ttime
USER since 4/4/06
What is the best 1 person ice shanty? All i want to be out of the wind, have it be light, after having a frabill weighing a ton, i'd never buy another 2-3man ever. I would think those pop up tents are junk. Heard Clam Otter are among the best. Seen a frabill recon very reasonable online and esikimo as well what is the best priced shanty? PM me since i don't pay attention to most of the junk that is said on this site, just a lot childishness trash talking or lies about fish caught is most what i have seen.
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11/20/15 @ 7:55 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
MEMBER since 12/22/04
what is the best always has to take into consideration price point. If someone says best ice shanty for $300....you just eliminated the entire Otter line. But yes, if there was no money constraints I would sell my Clam and No Name pop-up for some new otter shanties.

To be honest though, my scout has been great. There is nothing wrong with it at all, I would just like to get the thermal skin for it.

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11/20/15 @ 6:05 AM
marbleeyes7
marbleeyes7
USER since 4/1/12
otter hands down the best shack on the market, the 1 man is big enough for a adult and a child if needed while still having enough room for 2 holes if fishing solo. the best tents on the market and the strongest poles out there. the tubs are very strong, deep, and now grey this year for finding stuff easier. you get what you pay for now a days and I would buy nothing but an otter. have owned mine for 6 seasons now and still looks and performs like it was day 1 brand new.

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11/19/15 @ 11:58 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
The Frabill Ranger Solo also has the upright wind position, but if it's blowing more than 5-10mph you'd better anchor it or have it out of the wind next to your truck.

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11/18/15 @ 5:00 PM
wiel0059
wiel0059
USER since 6/20/14
I use an Eskimo Wide 1 Inferno. Works great for me, love the expandable front for more fishing area can very easily have 2-3 holes plus my flasher, I don't ever use a heater because with the thermal and my Striker gear I don't need it to be honest. If I did, it would fit.

I also love the wind position you can put it in. The wind position was critical for me when purchasing a new shack and not many one-mans had this option - greatly increases how much I use it and the versatility. There are a lot of days where I don't need / want to be covered by flipping all the way over, but love to block the wind so its easier to jig. I use this all the time.

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11/18/15 @ 11:56 AM
Cold Front
Cold Front
USER since 7/9/01
I have the Frabil Commando with the seat and the weight is still manageable. I am a big guy and it has enough room to fish reasonably comfortably. I am answering this in spite of the original poster's attitude. Most people don't insult the very people that they are asking for help. Hope this helps and I hope he finds some manners. Mrt.

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11/18/15 @ 11:56 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
IMO, the Frabill Recon is extremely narrow. You'll be fishing one line only unless you like to pass the time unraveling lines.

I use a Frabill Ranger Solo. At 48" wide, I can easily fish 2 holes without tangling unless I'm in some really deep water (over 25'). Room in the tub for a heater, and still room on the ice for minnow bucket/fish bucket.

I agree, not the best choice in a stiff wind, but any 1-man shack will get blown around if not anchored or placed behind a truck.

Unfortunately, they don't make them anymore so you have to do some looking to find one.

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11/18/15 @ 11:27 AM
kickflip
kickflip
USER since 1/5/09
I have a Frabill Commando (I think?) with NO seat and it is really light. I use either a pail or a light foldable aluminum framed seat for just a couple lbs. I put the hyfax runners on and the ease of pulling completely offsets any added weight, and helps keep it in place when wind blows from side.

I will say that the 1-man flip overs really want to take off in the wind. I won't leave mine flipped up unless I bury the flaps and tub AND the auger is in it, and sometimes that isn't enough. Hate to do it, but may drill trough the bottom this year and use ice anchors.

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10/20/15 @ 5:32 PM
A5¢
A5¢
MEMBER since 6/15/09
The best way to choose anything is to be an informed buyer. The best way to compare most ice fishing products is to go to The Saint Paul Ice Show this December. All of the major manufacturers are there willing to show you what they have. You can sit in all off the ice shacks and know exactly what you are buying. And you do get what you pay for. The vendors that sell will give a better price than what they normally sell things for. Take everybody's opinions with and make the right choice for what type of fishing you will do. Afterall, you are the one that will be using it.

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10/20/15 @ 12:36 PM
Brad Hawthorne
Brad Hawthorne
USER since 4/22/12
Lots of options out there, my best advice is find one that fits your fishing and durability needs. What has always help me is going to the retailer and lining up the houses that you're interested in and start the elimination process. With that being said, make sure the new Otter hideout is in that line up.

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10/13/15 @ 10:36 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12
Lot of good houses out there. What is the best, the best is determined by you based on many different factors. I would suggest that you look at all the different parts of a house and then you decide. Do you want insulated or not, look at the material, is it tightly woven or loosely woven. How are the poles, aluminum or steel, small or large? How do the buttons work for pull over houses. On pop ups are the glass poles small or oversize. What about the hubs, again small or oversize. What is in the hub, plastic or a steel ball? Sled, what is the sled like, does it fit your needs? Seats, on a pull over house, does it have a seat, and do you like it, is it comfortable? Zippers, are the zippers small and prone to misalignment, or are they over size zippers. How does the house set up, easily, or difficult? Does everything come together nicely? If its a pop up hose, is the storage bag oversize, or just tight. How much does the house weigh? Last but not least, price, does it fit into your budget?

I promote Eskimo Houses and augers. I happen to think that they are some of the best. Does that mean the others are no good, of course not. I will not slam some other producter to make an Eskimo look better, however I will point out the differences as I have done above and let you make that decision.

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