How to Pack Your Kayak

Before you set out on any boating excursion, be it fishing, long distance, camping, or whitewater, its crucial to have your dry hatch essentials prepared and properly stocked in your kayak. Although all of these different styles typically require different calibers of gear and equipment, there are some not so obvious basics, necessary for any adventure. Making sure you know exactly how waterproof your hatch is before you begin packing is the first step. If you are unsure on how waterproof the space is and don’t have time for testing, be sure to double pack all of your goods into dry bags and then into the hatch to protect against the risk of water damage.  Continue reading How to Pack Your Kayak

ACK Demo Days 2015!


ACK Demo Days is Back!

What, you know, Demo Days! Whether you’re a novice or expert, Demo Days is a great event for any paddler to attend. It’s absolutely free and an opportunity to try out 80+ models, talk with representatives from top brands in the industry, and save up to 30% on select kayaks. This is our favorite event to put on every year and it’s always a ton of fun – we hope to see you out there! Demo Days is only a couple months out and we want to make sure that you mark your calendars for the event nearest to you! We make it a fun educational experience for the whole family. If you are interested in deals and some quality water time, look no further than Demo Days!



New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch April 11th-12th

Missouri City, TX – Independence Park April 11th-12th

Austin, TX – The Quarries at Hyde Park April 18th-19th

Conroe, TX – The Pond off Butler April 18th-19th

Why? Because you deserve it!

For more info please give us a call at (888) 828 3828, comment below, and/or visit the Demo Page!

Valentine’s Day with ACK

The Gifts

Gift Ideas for Your Outdoor Lover

Imagine this scenario if you will: it’s Valentine’s Day, you planned to surprise your lover at work with chocolates and flowers all in the spirit of the day. You’ll proceed to tell her that you’ve made dinner reservations for The Melting Pot way in advance (impressive move) and she’ll be excited, but not quite as excited as she would be if this next scenario unfolded.

Here we are again on Valentine’s Day, you’ve made some online purchases for your sweetheart that you are rather proud of. You get past the receptionist, up the elevator, and finally it’s just you, your lover, and the Malibu Tandem Kayak, sunset color (with accessories included). She’s stunned, she’s beaming, and she’s forgotten all about dinner. Continue reading Valentine’s Day with ACK

A Little Winter Goes A Long Way

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It’s not that I don’t like winter. There’s something special about that first light snow, or the way
the birds come alive on a warming trend after a few bitterly cold days – when they know they’d better
find food and water before the season’s icy grip returns. I like Christmas and New Year’s Eve and
although I’ve never had the chance to do it, snowboarding always seemed like it might be fun. Winter is great. I really like winter – for about four weeks. Continue reading A Little Winter Goes A Long Way

The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

unnamedroad Growing up in a big city had always made me feel homesick for a landscape more rural, beautiful, and vast; a place I had yet to discover. My parents, being fond travelers, were dedicated to making adventure time a priority while my brother and I were growing up. Every fall, since before I can remember, they would bring us to the Door County, Wisconsin Peninsula to spend days riding and photographing the trail; my brother and I would stare out at the vast woods from my dad’s Burley bike attachment. Family trips through Northern Michigan, Arizona, and California fostered in me a great appreciation and wonder of nature before I could even be trusted with training wheels.

High school was where I really began to expand on this adoration. Continue reading The Road Less Traveled by ACK’s Social Media Coordinator

The Secret to Fishing the Guadalupe River

  Written by ACK’s Fleet Sales Manager, Juan Carlos Andreu

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The beginning of winter marks the kickoff of a very special fishery hidden in the Texas hill country; Guadalupe river rainbow trout. Every year Texas Parks and Wildlife and other private organizations like Trout Unlimited, stock the Guadalupe river with thousands of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and hundreds of fisherman take their shot at hooking this amazing fish. The breathtaking background of the Texas Hill Country, with its cliffs and dramatic colors add character to this challenging but rewarding type of fishery.

On December 12th I made the scenic and anticipated drive thought the Texas Hill Country in search for my first Rainbow trout “on the fly” (Fly fishing gear) with friend and Austin’s Store Assistant Manager Ryan Schaper. It was a beautiful day with ideal conditions, and the trout could be seen swinging up and down the river. Everything seemed to be in place for an amazing day. Continue reading The Secret to Fishing the Guadalupe River

Food for Day Hiking

Written by Freelance Journalist and Health Enthusiast, Helen Veale

Food and water are the most important things to take with you on a hike as you will be burning a lot of energy!

Consistently, you should plan to eat at least one snack every hour. Make sure some of these snacks are salty in order to replace electrolytes lost through sweat (1). Without good nutrition, your hike could quickly turn into a disaster leaving you weak, unable to focus or enjoy yourself. In extreme circumstances a lack of nutrition can even put you at risk. This is why it’s so important to make sure that food and water is the first thing you should pack for your trip. Continue reading Food for Day Hiking

5 Tools you Shouldn’t Live Another Winter Without

Yaktrax Pro Winter Shoe Traction Device

1. To put it simply the Yaktrax Pro Winter Shoe Traction Device is the destination tool for anyone living in a climate where winter and ice go hand in hand. The traction device molds to the shape of any shoe sole, allows you to move more naturally than would a crampon, and still provides you with that much needed grip on uneven volatile surfaces. The device is made with high-strength abrasion resistant steel coils as well as heavy duty natural rubber material, yet the traction’s final weight doesn’t even add up to seven ounces. The traction device is durable enough to withstand running, hiking, or just killing time in temperatures as low as -41 Fahrenheit. Continue reading 5 Tools you Shouldn’t Live Another Winter Without

6 Reasons to go Hiking in Winter

kWhenever temperatures start dropping below forty degrees, especially in regions unaccustomed to the chill, residents begin to focus their time on indoor activities and perfecting already flawless hibernation techniques. Don’t get me wrong, winter hiking/camping is not meant for the faint of heart, but it’s also not something to knock without trying. You may be an especially happy camper if you already know the importance of  dressing in layers (wear something to cover your head/ears), checking the weather before you get outside, and making sure that the trails nearest to you are open and maintained.


There are so many reasons why you should brave the storm and venture out into your own winter wonderland, the quiet white mystique alone is worth at least a mid winters day stroll. But if you aren’t already compelled to get outside more often than letting your dog out, here are a few reasons that may make you think differently about wintertime recreations. 


1. No Bugs to Stop you in your Tracks

Winter is the time and place where you can finally refrain from dousing yourself in mosquito repellant when venturing into the thick woods. Not only do your seemingly delectable ankles get a break, but so does your surrounding environment! Continue reading 6 Reasons to go Hiking in Winter

The 3 Rules of Warmth

jMost northerners know what it takes to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and I’m not talking about that magical liquid in the flask. Im talking about the gear you’ll need to hang out in the cold and not even notice that it’s -30 degrees. I’m a Texan that went to live in Colorado for a year to be a ski bum and I only wish a wise man had told me the 3 rules of warmth before I was months into freezing my butt off. A lot of people have their own recipes for staying warm. Momma always said, “wear some layers,” and I’m not going to contradict Momma (I was raised better than that), but that advice is a little vague when you find yourself leaving the house in a blizzard.  Continue reading The 3 Rules of Warmth