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What do you prefer or think is the best sonar out there? Feel free to tell us what you use and why. If other, tell us what you use.

140 (42.3%)
131 (39.6%)
33 (10%)
27 (8.2%)

Total Members Voted: 331

Author Topic: Marcum vs. Vexilar vs. hummingbird vs. other POLL(Lets settle this finally!)  (Read 7532 times)


  • Team IceShanty Maniac
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  • Location: NE Pennsylvania
  • Join Date: Aug 2013

I have an ice-45, it works. I've looked over shoulders to check out marcums and vex's and I like the display on the marcums and vex's better. the birds marks are much bigger than the others and that tens to get messy when there's junk in the water or some small fish come in with the larger fish. I like the look of the marcum the best the marks are crisp and you know what you have down there. I also don't like that humminbird makes you buy the soft cover separately. Also, I noticed that the plastic base hums sometimes when it isn't sitting perfectly flat and at times for no reason. I've resorted to having to lean my foot against it to keep it from humming sometimes.


  • IceShanty Rookie
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  • Posts: 13
  • Location: Two RIvers, WI
  • Join Date: Jan 2015

I've owned and tried basically all of them.   That being said, I currently use Vexilar FLX-28's and couldn't be happier.


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 309
  • Location: Denison, Iowa
  • Join Date: Sep 2015

I currently use a fl-12 for pond hopping here in Western Iowa and couldn't be happier. Great little unit.
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  • Team IceShanty Addict
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  • Posts: 537
  • Location: Honeoye N.Y.
  • Join Date: Jan 2014

I own both a fl8 and a 5.6 showdown. Haven't had much of a chance to use the showdown this year or the vex for that matter. I liked the Vex, but got a killer deal on the Showdown. Both make good paper weights this year.
Born to fish, Forced to work.


  • IceShanty Rookie
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  • Posts: 69
  • Location: Michigan
  • Join Date: Dec 2010

I've been completely happy with my Marcum VX1-P. I like it better than the Lowrance that I had before but have no firsthand expearince how well the Marcum stacks up against other similarly priced flashers. The impression that I had at the time that I bought my Marcum after reading a lot of reviews was that Vexilar makes a very good sonar but that you pay a premium for name recognition.


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  • Team IceShanty Maniac
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  • Posts: 3,156
  • Location: Greenfield, Wi
  • Join Date: Nov 2002

  • GOATBOYS WISCONSIN CHAPTER 1st Wisconsin goat!!
What Vexilar has going for it.

1 Great customer service
2 Durability(with care they last forever)
3 Great warranty(2years with the option to buy2 more)
4 Exceptionally fast turn around when serviced
5 When you call you get to talk to a live person who doesn't give you the run around
6 Try to google vexilar problems (you won't find much) then google marcum problems

Not knocking others,just love vexilar.

well, you just stated all the stuff you like when your Vex breaks down. Poll closed Marcum wins. LOL !!!



  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 480
  • Location: PA
  • Join Date: Feb 2009

I fish with a vex, my buddy fishes with a marcum.
 He drives a ford, I drive a Chevy..
I'm a Vet, he is not..
He shoots a Remington , I shoot a Winchester
He likes deer hunting, I rather rabbit hunt
His wife has brown hair, my wife is a blonde
He has a gas auger, I use a hand auger

I'm starting to wonder why I'm friends with this guy?
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  • Team IceShanty Addict
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  • Posts: 564
  • Location: Binghamton NY
  • Join Date: Jan 2015

I have a Vex FL-8se. My first flasher, arrived last week. All I can say is these things keep you on the ice longer than you would fish without one. A LOT LONGER! They are mezmorizing and fun. Good thing I am already divorced.......
Go to Heaven for the climate, to hell for the company!


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 213
  • Location: Central NY
  • Join Date: Aug 2013

Vex guys are still trying to log on...dial up is too slow and outdated. But its reliable ;)

Ha, I see what you did there.  Marcum all the way for me!


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 243
  • Location: Bismarck, ND
  • Join Date: Aug 2007

  • Is there such a thing as a bad day of fishing?
I voted for Vex, I have pined over the flx28 and the lx7 for months and ended up getting a 28 (raffle but would have went vex anyway). What it comes down to for me was the machine is a sonar, i dont need all the fancy extra bits that the lx7 has, not a fan of graph display, and honestly when its -20 the lcd screen would kinda freak me out. Basically i like that vexilar has stuck to a build that works, no need to be innovative with a sonar, it does what its suppose to. :) Ultimately, you really cant go wrong unless you dont buy one... like i did.... for 15+ years, not really sure how i never pulled the trigger in all this time.


  • Team IceShanty Addict
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  • Posts: 861
  • Location: .western PA
  • Join Date: Dec 2002

Lowrance for sonar, Vex for flasher.


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 186
  • Location: Pa
  • Join Date: Feb 2014

I have a Bird. 385CI and like it a lot. Flasher works great, many different color options. Gps that is awesome for marking good holes from year to year. Card reeder for snap shot and lake maps. Have no problem running beside my buddies vex as it has noise filters. On graph setting it can track many jigs works well tracking fish following jig up. It is nice to see fish being pulled up and then watching them swim back down seeing how they swim down. More info than just a flash line. Here is a pic I took of jig being pulled up and down. It's a little blurry pic from phone.


  • Team IceShanty Maniac
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  • Location: butler pa
  • Join Date: Jan 2008

vex vex vex need my flasher to always work

haulin bass

  • IceShanty Rookie
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  • Posts: 8
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  • Join Date: Jan 2013

I have a marcum lx-7 and a marcum showdown troller. Love them both. Only complaint is with the lx 7 screen visibility in the sunlight. Showdown troller I use most of the time. Have caught more than my share of lake trout with it. Simple to use and very light. Strap it to my leg ice fishing and mount it to the front rail on my boat for jigging trout in the summer. Of course if you like to stand and ice fish it would have to be rigged a little differently.


  • Team IceShanty Addict
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  • Posts: 502
  • Location: Rifle, Colorado
  • Join Date: Jan 2015

I have an LX7.  It is my first and only fish finder.  I've already commented earlier in the thread for my vote.  HOWEVER, this thread has shown me that should I need / want a new fish finder somewhere down the road, I won't be afraid to look into vexilar.  It is very obvious who the two heavy hitters are in the market, and I'm glad to have followed this thread.   

Well done to both Marcum and Vexilar!!
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  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 131
  • Location: Cattaraugus County_NY
  • Join Date: Dec 2013

187 votes in 2 days?  Come on guys, there's more than that signed in in that time!


  • Team IceShanty Maniac
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  • Location: butler pa
  • Join Date: Jan 2008


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 395
  • Location: Western NE
  • Join Date: Dec 2015

don't really like the way this poll is leaning  ;D and I don't think this is gonna settle anything Roy  :roflmao:


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 346
  • Location: Manchester
  • Join Date: Feb 2012

I love my flx28!! Way better then my previously owned lx7
"I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret." -- Roderick Haig-Brown


  • Team IceShanty Regular
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  • Posts: 178
  • Location: Iron Mountain, MI
  • Join Date: Apr 2006

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