Chacos “Challenge”: San Diego Beaches

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before I got my Chacos, I was jumping around from brand to brand of men’s sandals. Columbia’s would slip off in even the smallest of currents, Tevas were better but they didn’t fit my feet comfortably, and water shoes would get rocks and sand in them when porting my kayak.

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Car Camping Guide for Beginners

| April 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

So, you’re still pretty new to this whole outdoorsy thing and have been fixing to give camping a try now that winter is (finally) moving on and beautiful spring days are begging you to indulge in a nature-fueled retreat – but where to begin? Enter car camping.

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5 Quick Tips When Shopping In Our Stores

| April 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Here at ACK, we want to make your shopping experience the best it can be whether it be online or in our 5 store locations. To make your trip as easy and fluid as possible, we asked our Austin Store Manager, Ryan Schaper (read more about him here), to put together a list of questions every ACK shopper should come prepared with.

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How to Turn Your Predator XL Into a Fishing Beast

| March 25, 2016 | 4 Comments

So, you’re already in love with your Old Town Predator XL with that sweet Minn Kota motor, but looking to take your fishing to the next level? Perfect.

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RIP Head Thong: Introducing the Action Hat

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve alway felt the best pieces of gear are those that offer a direct solution to a common problem. Action Hat addresses functionality, comfort, and fashion issues that come up with using a GoPro head strap mount.

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Fishing Team Tip: DIY Tandem Island Trailer

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Hobie Tandem Island (TI) can sometimes be a challenge when it comes to transportation due to it’s size. Some people have even car topped this mammoth kayak but for me personally, I do everything in my power to avoid a hernia.

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3 Essentials for Bug Prevention

| March 8, 2016 | 2 Comments

When you’re enjoying yourself outside, the last thing you want to feel like is a walking buffet for all the bugs out there. Living along the Colorado River, in Austin, Texas this is a personal problem of mine the moment things start warming up, so it was wonderful to learn of all the great gear we carry to keep the bugs away!

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Outdoor Research Smartphone Dry Pocket Arrives at ACK

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you may have risked your beloved smartphone’s safety last time you were on the water by using a ziploc bag in lieu of a proper dry bag. While this method (somewhat) works, I definitely would have had a panic attack should my kayak have capsized that day.

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3 Facts to Know About the Hydrostatic Head Rating System

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

JJ from our CRM team recently had an ACK customer call in wanting to know about the Hydrostatic Head rating for a product. Just like me, she wasn’t familiar with what this system measured.

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ACK Skills: 3 Ways to Car-Top Your Kayak

| February 16, 2016 | 15 Comments

You just got your new kayak and are stoked to hit the water – but wait, how do you take it there? Depending on your needs and budget, there are an overwhelming amount of options out there for you to transport your kayak.

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