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Offline Pecheglacon

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Portable hub style shanty
« on: Aug 13, 2018, 06:32 PM »
In search of my fellow ice anglers thoughts and recommendations.  Iím looking to buy a portable hub style 3 to 4 person portable shanty that is sturdy in winds and well built.  Please share any recommendstions and feedback.  Thank you!!!

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #1 on: Aug 13, 2018, 07:31 PM »
Though I donít own a hub style myself, Iíve fished in a number of different hub styles owned by fishing buds. In my experience wind resistance is more a factor of positioning and anchoring than of the shelter itself. I think the nicest overall hubs are the insulated clam shelters but theyíre pretty pricey. I spent a few winters fishing out of an uninsulated shappell and with a little buddy it stayed pretty warm. I thought for the price the shappell hub was pretty solid. Hope this helps.
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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #2 on: Aug 13, 2018, 08:57 PM »
In search of my fellow ice anglers thoughts and recommendations.  Iím looking to buy a portable hub style 3 to 4 person portable shanty that is sturdy in winds and well built.  Please share any recommendstions and feedback.  Thank you!!!


What are you willing to spend if sky's the limit try otter??  i found are a tad small in the xth in the smallest model..  but being small is easist to heat.. also try eskimo the 3i is a great shack nice size with room to spare even for two adult two children..  also look at the 949i it's a tad lighter then the frabill 450 said next..  as for the frabil. The only two good ones they make are the bunker 450 and bunker 250 full thermals..  they have very sturdy hubs in those frabills.. I did not like windows in the otter they were a little thin..  the otter and eskimo have basically same hub design little on cheap side compared to the frabills hub design..  I wIll tell you this the bunker 450 is to heavy to drag by your self and you will need two heaters for over night fishing..  when it's coldest out we fished all night in negative 5 and 6 temps with two big buddy heaters to get warm enough after checking the tip ups .. the doubble heater help get the chill out of our bones..

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #3 on: Aug 14, 2018, 11:55 AM »
I have the Otter XTH Lodge. Very nice hub and has withstood wicked Newfound winds.





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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2018, 12:17 PM »
Iím a fan of the Shappell WideHouse series. I own a 5500 which makes a nice two man or a very roomy one man hub. The 6500 would be adequate for 3-4 man. Easy to setup and take down. My 5500 has lasted me going on 7-8 seasons and is virtually still in brand new condition. Iím 6í tall and the 6500 has more than enough headroom for me to stand up straight. My 5500 makes me hunch over just barely but I donít stand in it very often so that gets overlooked.
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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #5 on: Sep 06, 2018, 02:15 PM »
In my experience wind resistance is more a factor of positioning and anchoring than of the shelter itself. I think the nicest overall hubs are the insulated clam shelters but theyíre pretty pricey.

I agree with you on the positioning and anchoring thing. I'm going on year 5 or 6 with my Clam BigFoot 4000 thermal and I love it. I can set it up by myself in 30 mph winds no problem. I use ice climbing screws for anchors and cam-lock straps. If you aren't careful setting it up the doors can be real hard to use. The thermal is nice not only for warmth but because it tends to condense a little less inside while using a heater.

This year I am considering a big flip over though.
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Offline Chris338378

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #6 on: Sep 06, 2018, 05:50 PM »
I've had the Eskimo Fatfish 949i for the past four years and like it a lot.  It blocks the wind very well, is nice and dark inside for sight fishing, and is very warm, you can be conformable without a coat inside without a heater running.  Yeah it's on the heavier side because it's insulated but it's worth every penny in my opinion.  Some guys have an issue with bag being too small but what I did to help with that is I took the straps off an old life jacket and at the end of the day I use them to cinch the tent tighter which gives plenty of room in the bag, you can also do this with ratchet straps or something similar.  Another nice thing about it is the windows are removable so you can open them for added ventilation and if they ever crack you can replace them easily.  Over all I would definitely buy it again and recommend it.

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #7 on: Sep 07, 2018, 08:20 AM »
Another nice thing about it is the windows are removable so you can open them for added ventilation and if they ever crack you can replace them easily.  Over all I would definitely buy it again and recommend it.

This is a big plus for the Eskimo. I'm not worried about the Clam windows cracking but I'd love to be able to open them. My buddy has one and it's a nice hub.
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Offline PikePetersen

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #8 on: Sep 07, 2018, 08:38 AM »
I have the Clam Bigfoot 4000 insulated hub. Other than the zipper pulls, nothing has broken on it going on its 5th season. A buddy picked up the 949i last year. The velcro windows on the Eskimo shack are much better for watching flags. They get frosted up pretty good and its easier just to crack them open to check the flags then close back up. This isn't an option in the Clam since they are sewn-in.

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Re: Portable hub style shanty
« Reply #9 on: Sep 07, 2018, 10:13 AM »
look at shappell widehouse 6500 insulated.

 



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