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Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« on: Jul 19, 2020, 05:22 PM »
Fellow iceshanty user hardwater diehard asked for some info on this particular float suit. I started typing a personal message and decided to post it here in case it can help anyone else.

I needed a new suit, my old Eskimo Lockout is too big now. I saw this Ice Armor Ascent suit on clearance and was able to get the whole suit for under $100. I think it was $39 for the parka and $46 on the bibs. Walmart.com of all places.

I'm kind of thinking with the suit going on clearance, might be a waste of time doing much of a review if it's discontinued. If I do end up doing one, I'll probably do a video and put it on YouTube.

First impressions, it seems very close to the Striker suits. I read somewhere that the man who started Striker is now the head designer at Ice Armor, and I wouldn't doubt it. I don't know if baffled float insulation makes a difference, but this suit is very easy to move around in. That was the first thing I noticed when I put it on, no "crinkle" feeling either with the insulation.

Compared to my buddy's Predator bibs, the knee pads feel a little thicker, otherwise not seeing any huge differences. I think the strikers might have a couple more pockets, but the ascent has plenty.

Like I said before, I believe the Ascent suit is meant to compete with the Striker Climate suit. The removable liners are very warm, I don't think I'd use them unless it was below zero, or very windy. I'm glad it has vents.

Here's the removable liner for the jacket, it's fleece and could be worn as a jacket on its own.
The Ascent parka still has insulation inside, meaning this zip out liner isn't the only insulation.



Zip out liner on the inside of the jacket. You can see the drainage mesh on the bottom edge of the jacket, same as Striker uses:



The liner has this cuff, nice touch:



Front vent, these are the only vents on the jacket (one on each side). The retractable lanyard is a clue that you have the latest, improved version of the suit.



Bib liner. Attaches with a zipper across the top and snaps on the bottom.



Here's the bottom cuff. The inseam length is adjustable, you just fold it up and attach to one of the Velcro strips. I have them adjusted as short as they go.  I believe that gaitor is meant to keep snow out, and the short elastic straps with the snaps are in case you need to open it up a little bigger for larger boots.







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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: Jul 19, 2020, 06:51 PM »
Very Nice Review :clap: :clap: :clap: Lil hint on the gator ..mine stuck out quite aways on my SI Predator bibs ..all I do is snap them shut and hike them up my Muck boot to the mid calf ..never had an issue getting unsnapped or working their way down . Thanks again .
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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: Jul 19, 2020, 07:48 PM »
Hope I answered a few questions at least, I kinda rushed through that.

So are you saying with the gaitors, you are basically pulling them up and inside out? I wear a rubber striker boot, bibs now don't have gaiter, never had a problem with snow

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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: Jul 20, 2020, 12:21 PM »
Hope I answered a few questions at least, I kinda rushed through that.

So are you saying with the gaitors, you are basically pulling them up and inside out? I wear a rubber striker boot, bibs now don't have gaiter, never had a problem with snow

Looks like the Assent bibs have a gator system similar to Striker Ice ... I will put on my bibs w/boots on ..snap close the gator ..then just hike them up half way up the boot toward my knee..since I have my inseam adjusted very high the gator sticks out ...quite a bit.. unless they are hiked up.



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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: Jul 21, 2020, 03:48 PM »
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I needed a new suit, my old Eskimo Lockout is too big now.

Congratulations! I work hard not to go the other way, my tendency is to need "Larger" clothes, not smaller.
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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: Jul 21, 2020, 04:59 PM »
Just a heads up on the warmth rating Striker Ice Climate w/liners installed is 10/10 w/liners removed 4/10 ..I would think the Clam Assent is very similar to be competitive . Also the Striker Ice Predator is rated at 7/10..and is comparable to the original Clam Blue Suit circa 2009 ..I would think Clams Rise suit is very compatible.
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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #6 on: Jul 22, 2020, 07:56 AM »
Just a heads up on the warmth rating Striker Ice Climate w/liners installed is 10/10 w/liners removed 4/10 ..I would think the Clam Assent is very similar to be competitive . Also the Striker Ice Predator is rated at 7/10..and is comparable to the original Clam Blue Suit circa 2009 ..I would think Clams Rise suit is very compatible.

I think that sounds about right. I have hands on experience what the Predator (100g) and the Lockout/Trekker (60g). Just going off feeling side by side and trying on in my basement, the Ascent suit without the liners feels as if it has the same insulation, or maybe very slightly less, then the Trekker/Lockout.

Again, just my feeling trying on in the basement and not on the ice, the Ascent suit without the liners and wearing a sweatshirt and jeans underneath would be good to about 10. Any lower and I think I would put the liners in but wear a t-shirt and some very light pajama type pants, I think it would be very easy to get overheated in the suit with the liners in if you were to layer much.

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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: Jul 22, 2020, 08:22 AM »
Congratulations! I work hard not to go the other way, my tendency is to need "Larger" clothes, not smaller.

Ha ha, mine was too for a long time. In fact, I found a whole new wardrobe in a bunch of boxes I had planned to take to Goodwill, clothes that I had outgrown fit great again.

My goal was to step on a scale and have the first number be a 1. Been a long time since I've seen that, and then I kept going, hopefully this suit isn't too big by the time ice comes.


Speaking of the sizing, for the Ascent suit, I am 5'10 and about 190 lb. I have a size large in the parka and bibs. It's pretty roomy, especially the bibs. The jacket I think fits just about perfect. I have the bottom cuffs adjusted up as far as they can go and the top straps also adjusted as small as they can go. There are belt loops on the bibs, but no belt included. I'm guessing that if you really need to you can run a belt of some type through those, not really sure. I think with minimal layers I could wear a medium in the bibs, but I  would worry it might be a little tight moving around in the jacket at a size M.

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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #8 on: Jul 22, 2020, 08:54 AM »

Speaking of the sizing, for the Ascent suit, I am 5'10 and about 190 lb. I have a size large in the parka and bibs. It's pretty roomy, especially the bibs. The jacket I think fits just about perfect. I have the bottom cuffs adjusted up as far as they can go and the top straps also adjusted as small as they can go. There are belt loops on the bibs, but no belt included. I'm guessing that if you really need to you can run a belt of some type through those, not really sure. I think with minimal layers I could wear a medium in the bibs, but I  would worry it might be a little tight moving around in the jacket at a size M.

When I was that weight and height( loss some over the past two seasons) ..both large size bibs and jacket were pretty spot on ..same issues on the adjustable suspenders ..I thought about shortening them at times but haven't come up with the right EZPZ solution just yet ..if I do I will pass it along .Remember that loft creates heat ..that "extra" room is your friend . I wear a a hoodie and a vest for my upper body apparel most days its just right so I would not be able to scale down a size (large to medium)on the jacket as it would be too constrictive  .. as for the bibs ..maybe i could scale down ..I do have a complete SI Predator suit is size medium . one of the hardest parts about buying a suit( and clothing in general) on line is sizing...down right frustrating. 
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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #9 on: Jul 22, 2020, 12:33 PM »
When I was that weight and height( loss some over the past two seasons) ..both large size bibs and jacket were pretty spot on ..same issues on the adjustable suspenders ..I thought about shortening them at times but haven't come up with the right EZPZ solution just yet ..if I do I will pass it along .Remember that loft creates heat ..that "extra" room is your friend . I wear a a hoodie and a vest for my upper body apparel most days its just right so I would not be able to scale down a size (large to medium)on the jacket as it would be too constrictive  .. as for the bibs ..maybe i could scale down ..I do have a complete SI Predator suit is size medium . one of the hardest parts about buying a suit( and clothing in general) on line is sizing...down right frustrating.
yes guessing sizing online is a guess.i jumped on the icerunner float suit for super cheap.i got in 3x because all my strikers are that size,however the Icerunner coat fitS great but the bibs dont.i cant sit unless they are unzipped.thought about altering the sides and adding a stretchy material in or losing about 25 pounds...Or selling them.lol the suit is brand new with tags still.i see icerunner is coming out with a 4x suit and maybe they will exchange the coat but doubt it because it was on super sale.

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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #10 on: Aug 06, 2020, 06:00 PM »
you got a once in a life time deal at that price. as far as I know the Ascent is not being discontinued unless they roll out a newer model of it at this years pro day. I should know more in the next week or so as to which suits will be offered and all the other new products for the year too.
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Re: Clam Ice Armor Ascent Suit - First Impressions
« Reply #11 on: Aug 07, 2020, 07:04 AM »
you got a once in a life time deal at that price. as far as I know the Ascent is not being discontinued unless they roll out a newer model of it at this years pro day. I should know more in the next week or so as to which suits will be offered and all the other new products for the year too.

It was probably just Walmart, doing Walmart things with the clearance. I've been watching prices like hawk a few different models of suits I was interested in thinking I'd get a deal in the offseason, and didn't see any other retailer discounting the suit that much. They also had the Rise, both pieces were about $135 total for a while. The Rise was at the top of my list originally, but I think the Ascent will be fine. My concern is overheating, that it's too much suit, but without the liners, it should work for me. Where I live, I'd think I only need those liners for a couple of those coldest weeks in the Winter. Most people around here wear the Predator, and the Trekker suit.


 



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