With hardwater season just weeks away, I’ve finally begun to prepare gear and take stock of tackle needs—cleaning and lubing reels, spooling fresh line, unlimbering portable shelters and figuring out where I might be short on jigs, spoons, hooks and floats.
Keeping warm and dry during the frozen months is something I don’t have to think about. For 5-plus winters Clam’s IceArmor has shielded me from conditions ranging from uncomfortable to brutal—including a full day of pulling giant yellow perch when winds gusted to 50 mph and the wind chill bottomed at 70 below.
Along with being windproof, waterproof and warm, the gear offers comfort and convenience features that should put it at the top of any wish list:
1. Plentiful Pockets
Between the bibs and parka I have secure places to put gloves, cell phone, bait containers, small tackle trays, a multi-tool, even eyeglasses wipes and the essential snotrag. That’s not to mention handwarmer pockets front and center.
2. Comfort Zones
Fishing on the ice means you’re often on your knees, and sometimes elbows, too. These areas are reinforced, with built-in padding in the knees and butt—where it’s needed most. Likewise, the bibs have wide, quick-release shoulder straps that don’t cut in when I’m standing on the ice or perched in a shelter for hours.
3. Easy On-And-Off
Leg zippers that run from ankle to hip make it very easy to gear up while wearing heavy boots.
4. Fit For All
IceArmor is available in sizes from small to 5X to fit ice anglers of all statures.
Bonus Video: Clam Pro Tackle Drop Jig XL