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The Best Ice Fishing Bibs for 2017

As you may know, ice fishing is a form of angling where you catch fish through a hole made on a frozen body of water using spears or lines and fish hooks. While ice fishing trips are usually well-planned and carried out in enclosures, it is still crucial to wear proper gear to protect yourself from freezing.

Ice fishing bibs are made just for this purpose and come with loads of insulation and waterproof protection to keep your body dry and warm enough to maintain a healthy body temperature.

In this article, we show you just how valuable and indispensable ice fishing bibs are for the modern ice fishing angler, and what criteria you should use in scrutinizing a bib before you buy it, to ensure that you get one that’s best for your needs.

Benefits of Ice Fishing Bibs

Ice fishing bibs are made with ice anglers in mind, so they feature lots of insulation to keep your body warm while you’re busy catching fish in those punishing winter temperatures. Ice bibs keep you warm and protect you from getting hypothermia or frostbite due to being cold, and that reason alone should be enough to show you that they’re an essential part of your ice fishing gear.

Choosing an Ice Fishing Bib

Here are some important features to consider when shopping for a bib to use on your next ice fishing adventure.

Insulation

A well-insulated bib will give you peace of mind knowing you’re your body is warm enough to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. A bib with Thinsulate or fleece lining is usually a good sign of proper insulation.

Floatation

Getting a floating bib is a must these days and can go a long way to keep you safe in the event of being accidentally submerged in ice water for example. While they may look like ordinary ice bibs when you put them on, floating ice bibs can float when submerged underwater and can save your life if you find yourself in such a situation.

Waterproof

It is essential to keep yourself dry during ice fishing to avoid feeling cold as that might have dangerous consequences. One way to stay warm is to wear a waterproof bib, so look out for one with a waterproof coating or some water repellant.

In terms of the waterproof scale, the Hydrostatic Head Test concluded that a bib with a 0-1,500mm waterproof rating would keep you dry through a warm drizzle of rain, while a bib whose waterproof properties are on a scale of 10,000- 20,000mm will keep you dry during even the heaviest of rains. So that gives you an idea of what to look for specifically when shopping for your bib

Padded knees

Reinforced knees are an excellent safety feature that protects your knees in the event of having to place them on the ice floor or accidentally falling.

Reflective Tape

Reflective tape or welding is another must-have feature on your bib because it’ll keep you visible while you’re angling at night.

Mobility

Be sure to get a bib that’s lightweight but durable so that you’ll be able to move around freely without feeling constricted.

Space for Layering Clothes Underneath

Your bib should also be roomy enough for you to comfortably layer on clothing to keep your upper body warm as well, especially if it doesn’t offer enough insulation to keep you warm.

Many Usages for Ice Fishing Bibs

While this article mainly focuses on the use of these bibs for ice fishing purposes, their utility is not limited to icy regions with snow. They can be worn in any cold condition, such as when working in a cold warehouse or area, and indeed when angling in a cold or rainy climate and want to keep yourself warm, dry and comfortable.

Our Preferred Choices of Ice Fishing Bibs for 2017

Stormr Strykr Bib


This Stormr Strykr bib is made out of 100% polyester, which is highly resistant to abrasions and has an exterior shell that is completely waterproof and windproof. Other features on this bib include adjustable shoulder straps, an adaptable Velcro waist strap, and a vented back panel to ensure a truly comfortable fit, while the PU welded pockets are waterproof with rust-resistant zippers to provide the ideal storage to keep small items dry and safe but within easy reach. The chest area of the bib is double lined with warm and cozy fleece to keep your torso warm, and there is also a convenient hand rest to warm your hands on when needed.

The internal fleece also features moisture-wicking technology so that you remain comfortably warm, and you’ll be glad to know that this bib can float when necessary. It is also incredibly flexible to move around in and features ankle cuffs to keep the cold out, reinforced knees and seat for extra comfort, as well as knee-high splash-proof zippers that make it easy to put it on and take off. It’s available in two colors, namely a greyish hue called Smoke or you can opt for the Black color option, and sizes run from Small to XXX-Large.

What We like

  • The fleece lined interior is extremely warm and comfortable due to moisture wicking technology
  • The adjustable straps and Velcro waist strap make for a truly comfortable fit
  • Features lots of pockets for extra mobile storage
  • Perfect to wear when angling in extreme weather conditions
  • Windproof
  • Flexible to move around in
  • Knee-high splash-proof zippers make it extremely easy to get in and out of this bib
  • Hand rests on the chest pockets keep hands warm when you don’t have mittens with you
  • It floats!

What We Don't like

  • Unfortunately, when put to the test this bib is not waterproof at all

Frabill I3 Bib

Top Choice for Durability and Warmth


This super durable bib is made from tough 500 denier nylon and has extra padding on the knees, seating area, and pant cuffs. You can easily adjust it to your height or weight using the elastic shoulder straps with cam buckles. The outer shell is further reinforced with a breathable 300 Denier nylon Taslan shell to protect you from the impact of the elements like cold, bitter winds and water, and the seams are 100% sealed as well.

The interior of the bib is properly insulated with a super warm 150g 3M Thinsulate, which means that you won’t feel the cold weather impact at all while wearing this. There are also zipper vents for you to use at any point when you feel as though it’s too hot or humid inside the bib, using heavy duty YKK zippers that won’t let you down. This bib is available in color options that include Brown and Black. Plus, it comes with an impressive self-rescue set that includes drainage mesh, ice pick holster, and internal ice safety labeling.

What We like

  • The zipper vents on this bib assist you to regulate the temperature and maintain overall internal comfortability while wearing the bib
  • Constructed from heavy duty 500 Denier nylon with a 300 Denier shell
  • Windproof
  • ​Well-made to last for many seasons
  • Reinforced knees and pant cuffs for better protection against abrasions and harsh weather conditions​
  • ​Breathable
  • ​Elastic shoulder straps allow you to customize the fit
  • 100% sealed seams​
  • ​The interior is insulated using 150g 3M Thinsulate
  • Completely waterproof​
  • ​Fits true to size
  • Allows for freedom of movement thanks to flexible construction

What We Don't like

  • Doesn’t float

Icearmor Edge Cold Weather Bibs


Icearmor has done it this time with this heavy-duty bib which is made from hardy 500D ballistic nylon which is very effective at keeping water and cold out. This bib is so warm that it stays so even on freezing winter nights, making it ideal to wear during long ice fishing expeditions where you’ll be camping out on the ice for days on end. This bib also features two pockets created for the express purpose of warming your hands, or you can keep them closed with heavy-duty zippers to keep tiny valuables safe and dry, while the reflective piping on the external shell is a smart safety precaution. Adjustable suspenders complete this bib with the ability to tailor it to your preferred fit.

What We like

  • It’s well insulated to keep you warm but provides enough room to still layer clothing underneath if you wish
  • Great value for money
  • ​Offers pockets to warm hands and keep extra gear
  • Waterproof
  • Very well made from heavy-duty 500D Ballistic nylon material​
  • The knee and butt padding are on point, and they work well​
  • Features full length zip-up legs to provide ventilation and fit your boots when you need to​
  • Ideal for extreme weather conditions​
  • Comes with reflective piping to keep you safe while angling at night

What We Don't like

  • This bib does not float

Huk Fishing NXTLVL All Weather Bibs


This wonderful bib is built for extreme weather, combining comfort and function to make for a genuinely compelling piece of gear. It’s constructed from 3 layers of a lightweight and breathable material to keep you comfortably warm, while the heavy-duty waterproof shell can keep up to 10 000mm of rain at bay. While not insulated per se, this remarkably breathable shell of a bib is very effective at keeping you completely protected from the harshest of weather conditions from hail to winds, snow, and rain, although you might have to wear a few layers underneath to keep yourself well-insulated in truly icy conditions.

That said, this bib also features taped seams, waterproof zippers starting at the front, convenient pockets, as well as a 3-piece articulated hood with a drawstring to help you block out the cold and rain from head to toe. Worried about your optics getting foggy? Well, there’s no need, as the collar on this bib has been carefully designed with a convenient ventilation system to keep your vision crystal clear, while the cuffs even have a hinged lock-down closure. The bib also features reflective taping on the shoulders, chest pockets and logos to keep you visible at night, and is available in unique colors like Neptune, Raid, and Kryptek Raid, with sizes that range from Medium to 3X Large.

What We like

  • Very well constructed and made to last
  • Fully waterproof, including the zippers
  • ​Great reflective taping on the shoulders, chest pockets and logos for night visibility
  • ​Features a 3-piece articulated hood with a drawstring to keep you dry from head to toe
  • ​Boasts a very high waterproof capacity of 10 000mm
  • ​Breathable
  • Fits well and true to size

What We Don't like

  • Be warned; this bib is pricey
  • It is not well insulated at all, so you’ll have to wear multiple layers of clothing underneath to keep yourself warm in ice-cold weather conditions
  • It does not float

Arctix Men's Tundra Ballistic Bib 

Best Value for the Budget Conscious


This high-performance bib is constructed from 600 Denier Ballistic Nylon ThermaLock Fabric and comes with impressive features like moisture wicking ability, reinforced seat and knees to keep discomfort at bay. It’s a rather lightweight bib but is guaranteed to sustain your bodily warmth with 85 Grams of ThermaTech Insulation, while the critical seams are there to keep you dry.

In addition to friction and scuff guards, this bib also comes with reflective webbing for optimal visibility at night, and there are Boot Gaiters with grippers and a 20” boot zipper that enables you to slip on your boots easily and keep you warm. You’ll also find several pocket storage options including zippered hand warmers, and this bib is available from size Small to 4X Large.

What We like

  • Features superb lightweight insulation
  • Made from a combination of durable 600 Denier Ballistic Nylon ThermaLock construction with convenient moisture wicking ability
  • Reflective safety webbing to keep you visible for night angling
  • Lightweight flexibility
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Long lasting and hardwearing
  • Well-insulated with 85 Grams of ThermaTech to keep you warm
  • Plenty of pocket storage including hand warmers
  • oot grippers and a 20” inch boot zipper make it easy to put on and take off your boots with your bib on

What We Don't like

  • The stitching is not durable and could use some improvement, especially in the crotch area
  • This bib does not float

Striker Ice Climate Bibs


Boasting a 5000mm waterproof capability and a conveniently removable 175g Thermadex insulated lining, this bib will keep you dry and comfortable through the worst weather imaginable. It also floats, thanks to Sureflote material and has useful water drains to quickly drain water should you happen to get completely submerged.

This bib is breathable with great safety features like reflective tape on the front and the back and magnetic storm flaps on both the front and leg zippers. Its articulated knees also make it very flexible and easy to move round in, and are customizable with infinitely adjustable inseam and 2-way YKK heavy duty zipper on the front, boot storm gators with elastic and adjustable suspenders as well. In addition to 2 D-rings, your storage options include several pockets for gear, as well as fleece lined chest pockets to warm our hands in. This bib is available in either Black or Brown and comes in sizes Small to 4 X Large.

What We like

  • Features great flexibility with adjustable straps, boot storm gators and an infinitely adjustable inseam on the legs
  • It can float
  • Keeps you warm and dry
  • Breathable
  • Nice fleece chest pockets to keep your hands warm
  • Magnetic storm flaps
  • Fully waterproof
  • Very well made

What We Don't like

  • The sizes run a bit big so purchase ½ a size smaller for a good fit
  • It’s pricey but worth it

Out2Fish - Striker Ice Prism Bibs

Top Women's Choice


Not only is this Out2Fish bib lightweight and breathable, but it’s also entirely waterproof with a 5000mm rating. It’s also very well-insulated with 150g Thermadex Insulation and a 210T inner lining.

Other features include Sureflote™ Flotation and Fastdrain hems, an adjustable cuff and inseam, knees reinforced with snakeskin and a comfortable drop-seat design. You’ll also fish confidently at night with this on, thanks to its reflective elements and storm flaps with convenient magnet closures. Lastly, this bib is available in women’s sizes from 6 to 18 and a cool looking grey and black color combination.

What We like

  • Reflective elements for nighttime angling
  • Sureflote™ floatation ability with Fastdrain hems
  • Great fit for women
  • Lightweight
  • It’s super warm with 150g of Thermadex insulation
  • The leg zippers allow you to customize the fit easily
  • Plenty of pocket space
  • Roomy enough to layer plenty of clothing underneath if necessary
  • Easy to put on and take off

What We Don't like

  • This bib runs small, so you’ll want to buy at least ½ a size bigger

In a Nutshell

A well- built bib for ice fishing is honestly your best bet for staying safe, warm and comfortable while on the ice, but there are specific features that you need to look out for to ensure waterproof and floating ability, breathability and lightweight construction. We’ve covered all these, and hope that you’ll use those criteria to choose the one most fitting out of the selection of options that we’ve listed. That said, we wish you all the best on the water out there and stay safe while you enjoy yourself at your next fishing expedition.

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