Frabill’s new Recruit gives ice anglers more space
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The all-new Recruit from Frabill has been designed to add more space inside single-angler ice shelters.
The company says that it has been designed so that even the huskiest of fishermen can stretch out, fish multiple rods and set the hook unhindered.
“No matter what shelter you are in, the more you use it the more you wish it was bigger,” said Wisconsin ice fishing guide and Frabill pro-staffer Pat Kalmerton. “The Recruit has the elbow and legroom for an angler to shift about all day long, jigging in one hole and deadsticking in another. Yet this flip-over shelter is lightweight and tough enough for the long haul.
“It truly fills the gap between tiny one-man shelters and two-man units.”
It is Frabill’s new super-alloy framing, which is 30% lighter than standard aluminium pole, that allows the Recruit to maintain its weight of just 62lbs. However, it is also 30% stronger than conventional metal.
Erected, the shelter measures 75.5” long, 52.5” wide and 59” high and is surrounded by a fully insulated 600 Denier tent.
The secret to gaining all that room lies in the fact that the swiveling cushioned boat seat sits alongside the sled, rather than the front end, allowing the framework and tent to pivot over long-ways around the angler and creating more space. That is room for two holes, stretched out legs, and equipment like a sonar and heater.
Like the entire line of Frabill shelters, the new Recruit sports a stylish contemporary look with newly-shaped windows that include a trapezoid on the front and rear and parallelograms to the sides. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the new windows also have a practical use and afford better lines of vision for checking tip-ups and providing a view of the outside world.
- Stand-out features of the Frabill Recruit 1250 include:
Full-zippered front door;
- Padded, swivel boat seat;
- 600 Denier tent material;
- Full tent insulation;
- Super-alloy pole system;
- 16.5ft of fishing space;
- Weight: 62lbs;
- Set-up: 75.5”L x 52.5”W x 59”W;
- Collapsed: 52.5”L x 32”W x 16”H;
- Model # 640200
- MSRP: $399.99 (US).
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