Hardwater season is right around the corner and new products are coming out! Post below anything new for this season, or new for you!
New products 2020/21
Eskimo should be formally releasing their new 2020 products very soon, they put out an IG post a few days ago.
I'd keep an eye out for last years model of the Otter XTH lodge. I got mine for $250 two years ago and they should be heavily discounted with the new vortex line. Hard to beat Otter but Eskimo comes pretty close when it comes to hubs.
mcgeer, SG is showing an Eskimo Outbreak 250 3 man which I will be purchasing. Cabelas CA is showing an Outbreak 650. Which is a size up from the original 450.
I’ve been saving up for a larger 4(ish) person pop-up shanty. It looks like the front runners are Eskimo and Clam- do we know if there are any new models or brands coming out with something worth checking out?
Hopefully they came up with a way to drop their price a bit. 8" auger pushing $800 is absurd when you get the same out of a drill/auger combo for $400. They are great units though that is for sure!
Sweet, looks like Ion has juts released a 10" Ion G2 composite flight auger. Last year I used the 8" G2, cuts super fast and was super light coming in at 17 LBS. This old man can toss around a 17 LBS auger all day long!
Were they planning to release it prior to any of the other GPS/Sonar units being available? Otherwise i'm not sure how an overpriced tablet to integrate the different technologies already on the market would be considered a game changer.
Drill battery cover is intriguing, if it works. Even if it doesn't give you more holes in a day, a more stable temperature has to increase long-term battery life. Their "new" reels are the same I think, just offered in right hand retrieve.
Do gear boxes really offload the drill that much? They just don't seem like they are needed to me.
“Looks like Marcum made a second attempt at a sonar/GPS unit after their RT series failed miserably.”
The failures were not entirely of their own making so it’s a bit unfair to criticize the company for what happened. The platform was announced and then delayed for a couple of years because of FCC issues. If it would’ve been allowed to go on the market when it was first developed it would’ve been a game changer.
The batteries being released by Marcum are different. They have a Mite version which is a 7 amp hour Lithium Ion battery, the Brute, King and Max are all Lithium life PO4, which I believe is a Lithium Phosphate battery that are more tolerable to cold weather than a straight up Lithium Ion battery. The Lithium Phosphate batteries also have a longer life expectancy than a straight up Lithium Ion battery. They are warrantying these batteries for 10 years or 2000 recharges. In past dealings with Marcum, they will take care of the customer pretty much no questions asked. Also noting that all of their batteries come with their reccomended charger, so you do not have to purchase a special charger for them. Certainly sparks my interest.
Lowrance, Humminbird, and Garmin.
What companies are you considering the "big 3"?
Kudos to Marcum for keeping their batteries in the same price range as the smaller companies, kind of surprised about that. Sucks for Amped outdoors.