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Howdy. Thinking of getting out on the hardwater this year, and thinking of getting a floatation suit. Not much experience with them. I have worn 1 before with a charter, it was bulky. The mustangs are awesome, but cant quite afford them.

Any experience with these:

https://www.amazon.com/Eskimo-Lockout-Fishing-Jacket-S-5XL/dp/B0719STDF5/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

Are bibs required for floatation or do they just keep you warm?

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You don’t need the bibs to float however once you get out of the water the jacket and bibs will help keep you warm while you try to get off the ice

i tested mine in a swimming pool and to my surprise the bibs and jacket kept out much of the water which would be a big help in minus temps 

 

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2 hours ago, mitch seguin said:

Best of luck whatever you go with.  I strongly recommend you purchase a pair of ice picks to have on you at all times......just in case.

Good plan. Will have those for sure.

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I have the same suit brand as Terry ( one down from it ), really like the light weight of it, but what I do not like about the bib is there are access pockets to your inside pants. When I went in at the shore,I had water come in. Not a lot,just enough to look like I pissed myself. If I can afford it this fall,I will be buying the striker suit. Thats if I can find one. Even their web site has a lot of sold out.

 

And yes, PICKS.

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12 hours ago, Terry said:

You don’t need the bibs to float however once you get out of the water the jacket and bibs will help keep you warm while you try to get off the ice

i tested mine in a swimming pool and to my surprise the bibs and jacket kept out much of the water which would be a big help in minus temps 

 

 

10 hours ago, atvaholic said:

Good plan. Will have those for sure.

Nice vid Terry, it floats well!

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I have had numerous floatation suits/jackets over the years and here's my take! Any flotation clothing is better than none and HT Ice Picks are an absolute must! I hated the one piece suit because I always felt like the Michelin man wearing it and opening it half way when it was warm out was a pain! Two piece suits are awesome but some are stiffer than others! Last year was my first year with a Striker suit and I absolutely love it, incredibly well designed, obviously with a tremendous amount of feedback from ice anglers! The adjustable inseam is awesome for us vertically challenged people! I would highly recommend one of their suits! Here is a test by David Lefebre:

 

 

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I have had a Mustang (one piece) and Salus (two piece) suits.  Both were great, bulky but warm.  I now use a Striker Ice Predator Suit and it's ten times better to be honest.

The striker suit is so much more soft and comfortable, and I've even had to change up my base layering because the Predator suit is so warm.  I highly recommend it.

*Full disclosure I have never had any of them in the water!

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I have the Strker Hardwarer suit.  I did a lot of research before buying and it along with the Clam looked really good.  I went with Striker because I found it to be more stylish (I can where the jacket as a normal winter jacket and not just for ice fishing).

You really need both the bib and jacket to have the proper safety of floating.

The combo of bib and jacket are expensive.  But it's worth it.

 

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Ive used a mustang, owned and used a FXR Float X, Nautilus (and went through the ice with it...theres a thread about that) and now I own a Salus. (still use the FXR for snowmobiling)

Being the opposite of a few members here, i actually prefer a 1 piece simply for the warmth. 

Undeniably, a two piece is generally more comfortable for riding snowmobiles, and of course you can just wear the bib for when you are trying to get set up on warm sunny winter days and you start sweating.

But, if you like me fish hutless very often, or arent scared of fishing when the mercury really drops -30 then you cant beat a 1 piece for keeping you warm.

Now...as far as floatation goes, speaking from my personal experience, wearing a 1 piece coast guard approved float suit like the nautilus. I was floating so high in the water and was under control of the situation enough to make the conscious decision to attempt to get out without my picks (that were on me and readily available) I found it actually fairly easy to get out without the picks because I was floating so intensely. It literally was like every inch of my body was in a giant life jacket, I was barely in the water I was so buoyant. 

once I was out the suit drained incredibly fast and I immediately noticed that my body was warming up drastically. My hands and feet were not so happy and it was not a comfortable walk home.

That suit then got a rip in it and I ended up buying a salus...the salus has every feature I could ever want from a float suit, its a bit stiff, but ergonomically fits, has a great suspender system to allow you to take the top off to cool off and the thing is built like armour around your body. Its insanely warm, waterproof and I absolutely love it. It to me beats the mustang and nautilus in every way.

 

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I had the Mustang MS-195 "Atlantic Class" one piece and still have the Salus 1400 "Endurance Class" two piece.  Out of the two, I way prefer the Salus fit, features and comfort.  That's not just because it's a two piece either.  My buddy has the same Salus in a one piece and I still think it's better than the Mustang.

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