So, you like to be warm, dry and looking great? Me too!
There is no greater joy than being wrapped up, ready to face the conditions.
I want to show you some of the best ice fishing suits of 2021.
In this article, we are going to take a look at a few really great suggestions and I’ll take you through some features that it really pays to look for.
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If you are an avid reader of my site, you’ll know that Frabill are serious when it comes to all things ice fishing. This ice fishing suit is no exception.
It is full of really ace features that show that Frabill have really thought about what they are doing.
I’ll give you some examples, for starters, the jacket comes with easy-reach, chest mounted ice picks as standard, keeping you safe on the ice. This twinned with a quick drain mesh lining means that you’ll have the best chance of exiting the water if you happen to fall through the ice.
But that’s not all.
It’s also warm and supremely comfortable. With Frabill you can expect a decent layer of insulation as standard. What really makes it shine is the little touches, such as the sun visor on the integrated hood and thick tricot-lined pockets ensuring your hands stay snug.
Frabill have included plenty of pockets on the insulated and waterproof bibs.
And the best bit?
The knees are padded and lined to keep you comfortable when kneeling.
Being kept warm and dry is practically guaranteed.
This suit has several features that make it really functional as well as warm.
There isn’t much to dislike. As a minor point the draw chords around the hood can sometimes hit your face, especially in strong winds.
If you are looking for the best ice fishing jacket and bibs, then wi.th this set you may very well be in the right place. For the money, this is a great start to our list.
I’m nowhere near done, for another good ice fishing suit, check this out.
Thick layers of thermoguard insulation will keep both your top and bottom half toasty and dry. The fabric of the suit is breathable, cutting down on irritating perspiration.
Hell yeah! With slotted vents and rollable sleeves, you’ll be able to customize your level of warmth. One super cool feature I love is that the fabric is constructed of Norfin silent material, so you won’t be getting that whisk sound every time you move.
Annoying breezes can sometimes make you a little chilly. Not a problem with this suit. The elasticated bibs will keep out draughts and you can make this suit fit like a glove as there are numerous drawstrings and zip flaps to keep the cold at bay.
I really like how warm this suit is and it also looks really smart.
The numerous drawstrings and Velcro sections mean that you will be dry and windproof.
This ice fishing suit would have been perfect… But. I wish there were a few more safety features, such as flotation aids and reflective strips.
Overall a rock-solid ice fishing suit. It’s warm, waterproof and really comfortable.
You no doubt already know that I buy American when I can. Well, this ice fishing suit is right up my street. It comes pretty much fully loaded with things that make it absolutely great.
Like what? Let me tell you.
Let’s start with the insulation. 3M is pretty much as good as it gets for providing lightweight warmth. But it doesn’t end there.
WindRider have also included a layer of buoyant foam which adds to your warmth, but also keeps you right side up in the unlikely (but ever possible) event of you going into the water.
One feature I absolutely can’t be without is a zipper on my bibs. You shouldn’t be faced with the difficult choice of ‘emptying the tank’ and being cold. Fortunately, a front facing double zipper means this won’t be an issue.
WindRider seem to have thought of everything. The knees on the bib are padded and reinforced. And don’t overlook the numerous pockets, strategically placed to always be to hand, whether you are sitting or standing.
Buoyancy and complete warmth as standard, with vents to cool you down too!
Custom designed with the angler in mind. Pockets, loops, zips, the works!
You get what you pay for, but quality comes at a price. If you are on a budget, this might not be the most affordable solution.
I love this ice fishing suit. There is very little to find fault with. If you are looking to make just one purchase that will last a good while, this ice fishing suit is an ideal choice. With regards to safety I would say it is by far the best floating ice fishing suit.
Well here’s something slightly different, with a lot of great features. If you’ve read my ice fishing essentials guide, you’ll already know that I am a fan of layering up. This suit would be ideal as a lighter outer shell if you want to insulate yourself with lots of thinner layers.
So, what is it about?
It’s completely waterproof, windproof and breathable. And as with my previous suggestion has zips in all the right places.
I really like the storm flaps and Velcro cuffs. These ensure that water can’t ever make its way inside.
A lightweight solution, with complete water resistance.
There’s pocket practically everywhere on the suit. Great for stowing tools and equipment.
It isn’t quite as insulated as some of my other suggestions. Provided you dress smart however it will still keep you warm.
If you fish in relatively mild conditions or have to go fishing even in heavy rain then this is an ideal choice, just make sure you layer up to avoid being too cold.
Nobody knows about bad weather like the guys who work offshore. They don’t come more heavy duty than this as it’s designed to be used in harsh conditions.
What do I mean?
The area in which this fishing suit really shines is when the weather is bad. Really bad. With a waterproof rating of 15000 mm you could stand under a hose all day and still emerge as dry as a bone.
A great feature in this suit, that is often overlooked is visibility. In this suit it will be impossible to be missed. Luminous yellow fabric covers key areas ensuring that you’ll be safe and seen at all times
Is that all?
Not quite. There are adjustable straps tactically placed throughout this suit to ensure that it is a good fit, this is vital to ensure that you stay warm and dry at all times.
The best visibility of all of my suggestions, if you want to be seen, then this suit is great.
The ultra-high degree of waterproofing will keep the water out in any weather.
I think the suit could maybe use a small degree of flotation augmentation.
Overall, this suit is really great quality and is exceptionally durable. Rain will simply cease to be a worry if you invested in this suit.
If you hate the rain but want to stay warm then I’ve got a suggestion for you.
This snow suit is custom designed by the military. However, it is more for snow than rain, so if you prefer wet conditions look elsewhere. This is a simple suit that is designed to do one thing. Keep you warm. Just slip it on over your regular fishing clothes.
What makes it special?
Firstly, it is an all in one suit, worn much like an overall.
The fur-lined hood means you will keep your face from being chapped even in the worst blizzards and it does have a degree of water resistance. It is windproof too so if you want to feel all wrapped up and snug then it could be an ideal choice.
Easy to don and take off.
I like the high visibility strips.
It isn’t especially waterproof. It will cover you for snow showers, but if the weather turns bad you might get wet.
Sometimes simple solutions are the best. Just jump in, fish, and then jump out at the end of the day. If you have a snow shelter then this would be super cozy.
For those of you on an intermediate budget this is a worthy choice. 150 grams of Thinsulate should keep you relatively warm. And the waterproof membrane means that you’ll be dry too.
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The look of this suit is really eye-catching. It comes in a woodland camo pattern. This would be a great choice for those anglers who fish in bright sunshine and don’t want to spook the fish.
This suit is another all in one coverall designed to be worn over other, thinner, clothing. The suit isn’t quite as bulky as some of my other ice fishing suits so if mobility is your goal then you are in the right place.
The wrists of the suit feature thumb holes, so you can keep your hands free whilst making sure your sleeves block out any sneaky drafts.
Excellent value, offering a mixture of lightweight warmth and water resistance.
Freedom of movement with none of the bulk of traditional suits.
This is a suit for day time use only. What keeps you camouflaged in the day will work doubly at night. Not always a good thing when you are ice fishing.
Well, with this ice fishing suit you will certainly look the part. For anglers looking to target wary species this suit allows you to keep a low profile.
Buyer’s Guide to the Best Ice Fishing Suits
When the fish aren’t biting, the last thing you need to be feeling is cold. And with ice fishing, cold weather comes as a part of the package.
So, it is important that you know how to choose the right ice fishing suit.
I’m going to go through a few things that you may want to consider.
A Waterproof Ice Fishing Suit
I tend to use the hydrostatic ‘MM’ rating when I’m choosing the best suits for ice fishing. As a general guide, the higher the MM rating, the greater the period of time that the suit can be wet without allowing water to make its way inside the fabric.
For light rain only a rating of 3000MM should keep you dry. For heavier downpours or sustained snowfall, look for a minimum of 5000 – 10000MM.
A Warm Ice Fishing Suit
I hope it’s obvious that we look for warmth? But how do we measure this? Well fortunately there is a way.
Allow me to explain.
Many ice fishing suits will have an insulation rating given in grams. As a good rule of thumb, the higher the number of grams, the better insulated the suit is. I like an insulation rating in excess of 150 grams, but that said I tend to fish in nearly all conditions.
Is that it?
Not quite. The gram rating isn’t about thickness. It’s about efficiency. You can sometimes get advanced materials such as 3M and Thinsulate that offer the same level of insulation as thicker padding, so keep your eye out, as they tend to be really good.
One area where lightweight insulation is used extensively is in ice fishing gloves. If you are interested, I’ve got a great ice fishing gloves guide just here that will tell you everything you need to know about keeping your extremities warm.
A breathable Ice Fishing Suit
Moisture from outside isn’t the only problem you face. It can also get a bit humid inside your suit.
There are two ways to deal with this…
Zipped vents allow you to release excess heat and moisture from within your suit, it’s literally the same as opening a window on a hot day.
The second way is by choosing a breathable fabric. Some ice fishing suits will allow moisture to be wicked away from your skin and then transferred to the outer shell where it can evaporate. Breathable fabric can make quite a difference.
Don’t believe me?
Watch this video to see the difference in action!
A Windproof Ice Fishing Suit
Have you ever watched the weather and they give a ‘wind chill’ temperature?
That should tell you that the wind can actually affect your level of warmth.
So, it pays to guard against it. On a cold day on the lake the wind can even cut through thicker layers like a knife. By choosing the best ice fishing clothes you can eliminate this problem from the equation.
Safety Features in an Ice Fishing Suit
There are two areas that I want to cover here.
And they are really important…
The first is about buoyancy and flotation. Nobody ever wants or expects to go through the ice. But year on year it happens. It is better to have some inherent safety features and never need them, than to only realize that they would have been nice when it is far too late.
I’ll say it simply.
The best suits for ice fishing will have buoyancy aids or flotation built-in as standard. Look for foam sections or quick drain materials that mean you won’t be fighting with the cold and 50lb of waterlogged bibs as you try and get out of a hole.
Another thing to look out for is easy to reach ice pick holders. These have saved lives on more than one occasion. To learn how to use them and how great they are check this video out.
The second thing I want to talk a little about is visibility. If you like fishing on bright sunny days then this isn’t quite as important. But any conditions other than that can be hazardous.
If the weather closes in or it gets dark you want to be able to be seen. Especially in popular places where there may be ATV’s or snowmobiles traveling at high speed.
Reflective patches work wonders. If your ice fishing suit doesn’t have these then it may be worth investing in a high visibility vest to wear over your suit.
What should I wear for ice fishing?
Let’s break it down.
You will want two things. To be dry and to be warm. The warmth can come from insulation in your ice fishing suit or as a result of wearing a few thinner layers underneath.
However, the waterproof element will come almost exclusively from your ice fishing suit. Without a waterproof outer layer, all the insulation in the world will not keep you dry.
So, without shadow of a doubt, unless you are a fair-weather fisherman, I would advise that you look for decent water resistance as standard.
Do I need an ice fishing suit?
Well, you have a couple of options. An ice fishing suit is made up all from the same manufacturer.
How does this help?
One word. Consistency. You can be confident when buying an ice fishing suit that the jacket and bibs will all be designed to work together. You won’t have an imbalance, such as really cold legs and a warm torso. Or pockets that are inaccessible because the jacket wasn’t designed for use with those bibs.
For those of you who are aesthetically minded a suit can often be the best choice. If you feel like you look good it will give you the confidence to fish well too!
As a final point, I’m sure you have gathered by now that I’m all about safety. You’ll tend to find that ice fishing suits designed with safety in mind complement each other brilliantly. It’s no good having a super buoyant set of bibs only to find that your jacket becomes waterlogged, or vice versa.
All that said if you make sensible choices it is perfectly possible to find a great custom ice fishing suit. To see individual ice fishing jackets feel free to take a sneak peak at my ice fishing jacket guide here, there’s some really ace ideas.
I have done the same for ice fishing bibs. If you check out both guides you may be able to find a combo that is just perfect for what you need.
What is the best ice fishing suit?
Generally speaking, the best ice fishing suit is one that will allow you stay warm, dry and mobile and perhaps offer a reasonable degree of inherent safety measures.
But if you wanted me to pick…
For the money, I really love the WindRider ice fishing suit. It has absolutely everything I need. Warm insulation, a really high level of water resistance, and the best part is that it floats.
Ok granted it is missing some ice picks, but that’s not a problem as I have been known to make my own in the past.
Want to know how I do it? Take a look at this three minute ‘how to’ guide.
By being comfortable out on the ice, you will be able to concentrate on what really matters. Of course, I mean the fishing.
And believe me, there are few things worse than not catching and being cold! At least with my guide today, hopefully, you’ll be able to take one of those things out of the equation.
Have you found the ideal pairing of ice fishing bibs and a jacket? I love hearing about other anglers equipment, whether that’s the best ice fishing suits in 2021 or the best ice fishing boots, why not leave me a comment below and I’ll check it out!