Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter Review

The Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter is part of the flagship line of Predator series ice shelters. This particular model combines two of Frabill’s latest technologies to create one of the most advanced portable ice shelters that money can buy. Below you will find a brief overview of this ice shelter along with a review from a real weekend out on the Massachusetts ice. Here is a professional Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter review.

To start things off, the Thermal Predator SideStep is built with a “Thermal” technology which makes it suitable for extreme temperatures that other ice shelters simply can’t handle. The patented modular seating that makes up the SideStep system allows for up to 3 anglers ice fishing at the same time with plenty of room left over for all the extra gear you brought along.

When fully setup, it measures roughly 95″L x 75″W x 75″H when completely deployed, and the aluminum frame is designed to stand up to the toughest winds and snow conditions while remaining light enough to transport without too much hassle. With the 4 removable windows and a zippered entry to lock out the cold, the Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter is the perfect ice shelter for your next ice fishing excursion. Just load up your Redneck ice chisel and auger for a fun time on the ice!

Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter Specifications:

  • Accommodates 2–3 anglers plus gear
  • Set-up size: 95″L x 75″W x 75″H
  • Pack size: 29″L x 75″W x 39″H
  • Premium 3-ply quilted insulated fabric
  • 4 Clear-view, removable windows
  • 2 large side doors with heavy-duty zippers
  • 2 Deluxe padded swivel boat seats with built-in tackle pockets
  • Patented Modular Seating System (MSS)
  • Extra-tough, roto-molded base
  • 1.25″ heavy-duty aluminum frame
  • Self-lubricating pole system
  • MaxVent™ air exchange system
  • Includes eight 2″ x 2″ safety reflectors
  • Over 27 sq. ft. of fishable area
  • Weight: 157 lbs.
  • MSRP: $939.99

Overall Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter Review

I would rate my Frabill Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter review to be a perfect 5 out of 5 stars! This ice shelter will not disappoint, unless of course you are stunned by the nearly one thousand dollar price tag (it’s very expensive). But that didn’t effect my review because of the quality that you receive. I thought this was nicer than the Eskimo Fat Fish, one of my previous favorites. The SideStep seating is a huge advance that all ice shelters could benefit from using. Its design offers a much more uncluttered fishing area while still giving everyone space to relax and enjoy the experience.

I also like the “Thermal” addition to this particular model. It definitely ranks a bit higher to me than the Predator models that Frabill makes without it. After all, Massachusetts winters can get pretty harsh. If you can afford the price tag and want something portable, the Thermal Predator SideStep Ice Shelter is one of the best decisions you can possibly make; and that’s why my review rating for this ice shelter is so high.

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Written by The Review Guy

The Review Guy has years of experience in the kayak, canoe and outdoors equipment business. Establishing one of the largest adventure sports retail chains, he understands what makes for good equipment. Today, the Review Guy tests a variety of equipment and details the pros and cons to readers of The Wilderness Review. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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