Ice fishing is a passion we share with our customers. We want our customers to enjoy the sport as much as we do, but the reality is that sometimes, ice fishing can be dangerous. Whether early, late or middle of the season, there is always an inherent risk of falling through the ice. This is not a fate we want for anybody and it is why we put flotation in all our ice suits.
Safety on the Ice:
Always Be Prepared
Throughout the years, we have heard many stories of people falling through the ice. Most of these stories would have ended differently had they not been ready with a very important safety feature; Sureflote Flotation Assist Technology. It pains us to hear these scary stories from customers, pro-staff, friends and family, but it makes us feel a little better that we are making products that help save lives. We want to share some of these stories, not to scare you, but to spread the message of safety and being prepared for the worst.
"I fell through the ice three different times. Once, I did not have a flotation suit on. I literally had to 'bust' my way back with my elbows for about fifty feet to get safe. I was so tired that I didn't know what I was going to do. Luckily, I had friends there that were able to grab me and get me out... The second time that I fell through, I was just happy I had a suit that made me float"
- Brad Hawthorne, Striker Pro-Staff from Isle, Minnesota
"I was fishing for Pike in Ct. As soon as I went in, the suit took me right to the surface. I was actually surprised at how buoyant I was. My legs were kept up and the suit helped me get out because my body was pretty even with the top of the ice. It kept me surprisingly dry because a lot of my body was out of water. Thank you guys for making an outstanding product! Please, keep it up."
- Jereme R., Customer from Connecticut
"I was out fishing 10” of ice when I went through. Temps were -24 below zero plus a wind chill. When I went in, the cold water knocked the air out of me. I’m pretty calm and collected under pressure so I made my way to the edge of the ice. I Tried to pull myself out but every time I tried the ice would break away. After three or four attempts I was getting pretty tired and also it was hard to get enough Oxygen. My striker climate suit kept me floating. I tried to take a few deep breathes and then I reached out on the ice and managed to pull myself out. I rolled away from the edge. Now I’m Soaking wet and it’s painfully cold outside. I have a few options of where to go but the closest place I knew someone was at was my buddies. Being so cold and not being able to yell For help because of the feeling of being punched in the stomach I took baby steps to my friends it was far enough that knew I was going to have to dig deep and push myself. After a while every step I took felt like a million needles going through the bottom of my feet. I remember I kept picking out a point and I would push myself to walk to it. Kept doing this till I approached my friends house. My suit and clothes were covered in ice and very stiff at this point. Luckily my buddy was looking out the window and saw me approaching and knew something was up. I remember getting to his door and just collapsing. I was very lucky and probably shouldn’t be here. I can’t stress enough how dangerous Ice fishing can be. We invest in rods and reels but the first thing I tell everyone is to make sure you have a floating suit like my striker ice gear. I still have the suit that saved me and the memories of that day and I hope everyone reads this and takes a minute to evaluate your safety and lastly, no matter the challenges life brings to you, keep driving forward in life and in the end you will be a better person for it."
- Matt Bain, Striker Pro-Staff from New York