Submitted On: November 18, 2014 Submitted By: Barb Carey Phone: 608-692-7386 Item Located In: Oxford, Wisconsin Category: Ice Fishing Gear
Go as big as you can afford. The ones that are 6ft high might seem big enough but they can get cramped especially with more than 2 people. Mine isn't insulated but no big deal. I got a roll of reflectix and cut pieces to fit behind the support ribs and put that stuff in on days when it's below zero. The cost savings of going reflectix vs. an insulated type is considerable....plus having the reflectix in there at night really helps light things up. Don't really need the extra insulation when it's warmer. Another drawback to a hub is that with a heater going your floor will get wet and will get slick making it tricky on everyone, especially younger kids. To remedy this I bought a few packs of those foam exercise padding (locking pieces) and put that down right on the ice. Insulates the floor, gives decent traction, easy to stand on which helps prevent a stiff back.
So....1) check them out up close. 2) go as big as fits in your budget. 3) recognize that there are homemade tricks/mods to save a few bucks so you don't have to overspend on something easy to do yourself.