The Kayak Adventure You’ve Been Missing Out On

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ACK Fan and Customer, Bill Halwick on his 43rd Consecutive Full Moon Paddle.

Full Moon paddle sessions are lesser known excursions for those interested in taking their kayak experience to the next level. Historically, doing much of anything under the glow of a full moon has had mystic connotations associated to it. As a whole, kayakers and SUP boarders get a kick out of the adventure for their own personal purposes, and not to intentionally awaken any undead lake monster on a night that would appear to be ideal for those kind of bewitching endeavors. For convenience purposes, these events typically occur on warmer nights when the water can be guaranteed a certain temperature above freezing. But in a lot of cases people go solo on these trips in efforts to experience a sense of solitude and connectedness with their natural setting, sometimes even in the heart of winter. Continue reading The Kayak Adventure You’ve Been Missing Out On

ACK Demo Days 2015!

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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!

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Where/When?

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!

Wilderness Systems AirPro MAX Seat

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Ride 115 MAX

Wilderness Systems upgraded their kayak seating in a big way with the newest addition to their Ride kayak series. They recently launched their brand new Ride MAX series featuring the Phase 3® AirPro MAX high/low seating system. In their recent press release Wilderness Systems says “The AirPro MAX preserves the popular innovations found in most Phase 3 seats- adjustability, comfort features and high-quality materials- yet it is a true advancement in design.”

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“Made in the USA, with years of design and innovation and extensive testing, the Ride 115 MAX, Ride 115X MAX and Ride 135 MAX all featuring the Phase 3® AirPro MAX Seat are game changing for anglers of all skill levels. Wilderness Systems’ Pro Staff anglers were an integral part of the Phase 3® AirPro MAX design process (…) The contributions and feedback from the Pro Staff are reflected in every aspect of the seat, from the easy adjustability and installation to the premium durable materials used to build it.”

A few features of the Phase 3® AirPro Seat that really make it stand out include the option of three different seating positions: high, low, and recline, its height, which improves the ability to change from sitting to standing and back, the breathable mesh fabric that stays cool, dries quickly and is UV resistant and the easy to adjust seat positions giving you the ability to adjust your seat without having to un-clip or loosen straps. Continue reading Wilderness Systems AirPro MAX Seat

Thank You For Another Fantastic Fall Demo Days!

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Our 2014 Fall Kayak Demo Days took place earlier this month and as usual we had a great time putting them on! ACK Demo Days are a company wide favorite not only because it give us the opportunity to interact with customers and manufacturer representatives twice a year, but we also get to do a little paddling of our own!

For those of you who are not familiar with ACK Demo Days, they are a bi-annual event that we have hosted since 2006. We host one in the spring and the other in the fall and are happy to say that every year both events seem to get a little bigger and grow a little stronger! Manufacturer representatives from all over the country come together along with their line-up of kayaks, paddle-boards, camping gear, and other accessories to give our customers a chance to try out their most recent upgrades and products. On top of what the manufactures bring, we include our own gear and kayaks for paddles all over Central Texas to test out completely free of charge. Continue reading Thank You For Another Fantastic Fall Demo Days!

Feelfree Expands with the New Lure 13.5 Fishing Kayak

Guest blog originally published on the Feelfree US website.

**Since originally published, Feelfree has reduced the retail price of the Lure 13.5 by $100 and no longer include the Uni-Bar system and  Uni-Track accessory mount. Those two options are now exclusively sold separately. 

Lure 13.5

Feelfree US, LLC (Feelfree US), is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular Lure series with a longer, faster, extremely stable and capable of bigger water version — the Lure 13.5.

The Lure 10 and 11.5 were an instant hit but some anglers demanded even more and Feelfree has delivered according to Jim Hager, Feelfree US, “We knew we had to do it, it was just a matter of time. The original Lures were designed to accommodate a growing market of kayak anglers seeking more comfort, more stability and multiple seating positions and we did just that. Now we fill the gap to satisfy the rest of them – the ones that want it all.”

New to the Lure 13.5 is the front multi-use console, which sits directly behind the bow hatch. The console lid features an inlaid cutting board, handy for prepping feelfree lure 13.5bait or cleaning fish. The lid is also insulated and together with the console cooler insert makes it an ideal container to keep your drinks, bait and even fish cold. The console can also be used as a child’s seat.

Other key features unique to the Lure 13.5 are the integrated transducer recess and port for easy installation of a fish finder and a flat wide open deck area. This larger deck area was designed without any obstructions for ease of movement when standing, casting or even stepping forward to access the hatch or console. There is so much space that Feelfree’s design team will be offering an optional stand assist bar unique to the Lure for those who wish to stand with added support.

At 13.5’ long and 36” wide, the Lure is no small kayak. It offers a whopping capacity of 500lbs capable of carrying all the gear you need for a long day of fishing. The added length makes this kayak ideal for paddling longer distances on larger bodies of water.

“We recognize this kayak is not for everyone,” said Hager, “fact is, the Lure 13.5 is designed for the serious kayak angler, the one who’s ready to take on even the most extreme fishing adventures. Adventures where paddling longer distances on bigger waters combined with stability, comfort, capacity and the ability to stand is important.”

Kayak anglers will be pleased to know that the Lure 13.5 will come complete with Feelfree’s Uni-Bar system along with a Uni-Track accessory mount.

All Lure models come standard with a variety of unique features including Feelfree’s Uni-Track system, which allows for quick and easy mounting and adjustments of kayak fishing and other accessories, Wheel in the Keel for easy transport to and from the water and most notably, the Gravity Seat. Just like the Lure 10 and 11.5, the 13.5 features the patent pending Gravity Seat offering 5”-10” in seat heights for a better viewing perspective and a natural more comfortable sitting position. What really sets the Gravity Seat apart is the ability to sit flush on the deck of the kayak for additional stability and a more efficient paddling position for longer distances.

The Lure 13.5 will retail for $1,599 and is available with additional upgrades including a rudder option and a stand up assist bar. An external Feelfree cooler, which will double as a seat turning the Lure into the perfect standing platform, will also be available. The Feelfree Lure 13.5 will be available in fall of 2014 through the United States and Canada at authorized dealers. For more information, visit www.feelfreeus.com. To stay up to date on the latest, visit the Feelfree US Facebook page at www.facebook.com/feelfreeus or the Fishing Team’s page at www.facebook.com/feelfreefishing.

 

About Feelfree US, LLC

Feelfree US distributes kayaks and accessories designed for recreational and fishing use, which have redefined the paddling industry with unique and innovative features and designs. Feelfree US is based out of Swannanoa, North Carolina and is part of a worldwide team manufacturing and distributing Feelfree kayaks to over 40 countries around the globe. Feelfree US distributes to dealers all over United States and Canada.

 

Lure 13.5 Specific FeaturesGravity Seat with pockets

Front oval hinge hatch

Front insulated console / cooler with integrated cutting board

Large standing platform

Uni-Bar with 1 Uni-Track accessory mount

Front Uni-Track rails

Rear Uni-Track rails with tie down system

Molded-in crate recess with attachment points

2 Fishing rod holders with rod leashes

Stand up assist leash

Cup holders

Adjustable foot rests

Drain plug

Transducer recess and port

 

Feelfree Standard FeaturesWheel in the Keel

Molded in handles

Recessed fittings

Molded in paddle parks (both sides)

 

Optional Features

Rudder

Stand up assist bar

 

Available Colors

Lime Camo

Navy Camo

Winter Camo

Desert Camo

Pink Camo

Sun Camo

Orange

Kayak SpecificationsLENGTH: 13.5′

WIDTH: 36″

WEIGHT: 95 lbs

CAPACITY: 500 lbs
Retail Pricing

Lure 13.5 – $1599

 

 

You can also pre-order the Feelfree Lure 13.5 through ACK here.

 

Unwrapping Two New Kayak Colors From Diablo Paddlesports!

We’ve been anxiously awaiting some new kayak colors from Diablo Paddlesports for the Amigo Recreational Kayak. The Amigo’s featuring the new colors of orange and dark olive finally arrived at the ACK warehouse today. We couldn’t wait to get a closer look and show off these great new colors! Check out the Diablo Amigo Kayak on our website here .

More photos coming soon!

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Diablo Amgio – Orange and Dark Olive

3 Steps to Kayak Fishing

Looking to try your hand at kayak fishing but don’t know where to start? With all of the gear and kayaks available we understand that it can be somewhat overwhelming. No need to fret! We have created a 3 step guide to kayak fishing that will walk you through the before, during and after of your adventure. Included is the gear you’ll need and some fun facts about the rise of kayak fishing. Once you decide what you need, check out ACK.com for all your kayak fishing needs!

Columbia Coolhead Cachalot Sun Hat NRS Chinook Fishing Life Jacket Lowrance Elite- 5 HDI Fishfinder Costa Del Mar Blackfin 400G Polarized Sunglasses Columbia PFG Bahama || Long Sleeve Shirt Scotty Baitcaster rodhold and Mount YakAttack VisiCarbon Pro Light ACKessories Milk Crate Yak-Gear Build-A-Crate 3 Rod Holder Anchor Kit Face Shield Paddle Paddle Anchor Kit Face Shield Safety Light Crate Crate Rod Holder Polarized Sunglasses Fishing Shirt Rod Holder Fishing Hat Fishing PFD Fish Finder & Mount YakAttack Leverage Landing Net Landing Net Fish Grip Fish Grip Hook Remover Hook Remover Gaff Gaff Boomerang Big Grip Pliers Pliers ACKessories Anchor Float Anchor Float Boomerang The Snip with LED Light Line Snip Berkley Marker Buoy Marker Buoy Seattle Sports Catch Cooler 20 Fish Grip Fish Cooler Bag Hawg Trough Fish Measuring Device Hawg Trough Floating Stringer Floating Stringer Fillet Gloves Floating Gloves Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Cooler Fillet Knife Fillet Knife Chain Stringer Chain Stringer Berkley Tournament Scale Scale Image Map

 

Think we missed something? Comment below and let us know!

 

Wanderlust: The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the nations most loved national parks. With its towering walls, seemingly fathomless depths, and the clear blue Colorado flowing below it is no wonder that almost five million people visit this national treasure every year. The Grand Canyon originally began as a Forest Reserve in 1893 then became a National Monument before finally being declared a National Park in 1919, shortly after the creation of the National Park Service three years earlier. Its humble origins make this National Park even more appealing to those seeking for a destination rich with American history and natural wonders.

Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon chasm runs 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and was formed by the Colorado River. It took the Colorado River somewhere between 3 and 6 million years to form the canyon and is continuously being altered by the constant state of erosion, while the river itself flows west through the canyon and is on average about 300 feet wide, 100 feet deep and flows around 4 miles per hour on any given day. The Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,900 square miles of the Grand Canyon and contains 277 miles of the Colorado River. Fun fact: it is populated by five Indian tribes: The Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Palute and Hualapai. Havasupai Falls, named after its namesake tribe, is one of the most popular hiking destinations of The Grand Canyon with its crystal clear blue waters and rumbling waterfalls that are sure to amaze.

Not only does the Grand Canyon offer one-of-a-kind sights, it is also home to a large range of outdoor activities that can appeal to outdoorsmen and city-slickers alike.  Feel like Grand Canyon Sunrisehiking? You’ve got tons of options depending on the length of your stay. You can take a few hours to enjoy the rim and Sky Walk, an entire day to explore some of the depths, or a few days to venture to the bottom and enjoy all of the Grand Canyon’s watering holes, Indian dwellings, animals, and ancient rock formations. On a multiple day excursion, you have the benefit of not only going on a beautiful and challenging hike, but also the chance to enjoy camping along the way. If you are more  of a day tripper, be sure to catch the sunrise or sunset. It’s life changing.

For all our kayakers, you can do some Colorado River kayaking that is 100% life changing. These guided tours are for advanced kayakers, however if you are a newbie and feeling a little wild, you can take a support raft to your destination. Kayak and rafting tours are available from local tour companies that offer a wide range of options for any trip you could dream of. Check out a few of these options and choose which touring company is the best fit for you.

Ultimately, The Grand Canyon is guaranteed to appease that need for adventure and the outdoors in one fail swoop. Hiking, camping, kayaking, shopping, photography, and the most beautiful sunset you can imagine are all waiting to be explored at one of America’s favorite outdoor travel destinations.

 

How to Choose a Paddle That’s Right For You

Blade shape and paddling style – From a Fisherman’s perspective

Simply put, if you focus on a paddle that fits you it will means less fatigue, more time on the water and more fish in your boat.  A lot goes into a great paddling paddle and each manufacture will happily tell their story, so do your research, try stuff out and make an informed decision. However the constant between all brands is that you are going to see two general blade shapes.  They will differ some, but generally you’ll have short and fat or long and skinny.  Each shape is designed specifically to perform better with your paddling style.  Now sure you can use anyHooked-Kalliste. Back face Paddle blade, paddle however you want, but to get the most from your paddling match the blade shape to your paddling style.  Let’s take a closer look.

Long and Skinny.  This shape is for “Low-Angle” paddling.  In this style your top hand is shoulder height during your stroke, and much more relaxed as it puts less pressure on your smaller muscle groups.  This allows you to spend more time focusing on landing fish. Continue reading How to Choose a Paddle That’s Right For You

Best Kayaking Spots in Central Texas

When most people think Texas, they think cowboy hats, horses, and country music. While some of that is certainly true, most people don’t associate Texas with great outdoor beauty. With high plains, rolling hills, and even a gulf coast, Texas offers a variety of gorgeous geography. In addition, Texas is home to 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers. Kayaking in Texas can be quite the adventure with so many diverse ecosystems, making it one of the most beautiful states in the country to paddle in. Below is a list of some of our favorite kayaking spots in Central Texas.

Lady Bird Lake

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, TX, Lady Bird lady bird lake paddleLake is considered to be one of the best urban kayaking lakes in the state. Many think of Lady Bird Lake as a beautiful in-city playground that features spectacular downtown views as well as shady areas that make you feel like you’re in your own lake hideaway. If you paddle west of Mopac, you’ll get breathtaking views of the rolling hills that make up Central Texas. The section of Lady Bird Lake East of I-35 features great fishing opportunities for you anglers out there. Lady Bird Lake offers great sights of bat-watching under the Congress Avenue Bridge as well as access to live music along the shore. This area is great for paddlers that want an outdoor experience with close enough proximity to the liveliness of city life.

Guadalupe River

In the heart of the Hill Country, the Guadalupe River is a spring-fed, crystal clear river that is perfect for tubing, fishing, paddling, and swimming. Paddlers will discover class III rapids as well as long stretches of flat water. The Guadalupe is a river oasis that features tons of greenery consisting of cypress, sycamore, oak, and pecan trees. For you angling kayakers, the Guadalupe River is the only river in Texas that is home to trout year round.

Colorado River

As the 18th longest river in the US, the Colorado River is also the longest river with both its source and mount in Texas. The Colorado feeds throughout Central Texas and is known for its large width and slow-moving Colorado Riverpace. This is a great place to visit for beginner kayakers that want to paddle in a place with no rapids or hazardous places. There is plenty of vegetation above and below water that shade fish as well as paddlers. As you travel south, banks steepen and become extremely scenic with cliffs and sandstone bluffs.

Blanco River

The Blanco River is located near Wimberley, TX and is typically recommended for medium to advanced paddlers. Its rolling hills and steep cliffs make paddling on this river a wild adventure embarked with gorgeous scenery. One quality about the Blanco is that you can only kayak down this river in flood conditions, which can be dangerous for paddlers. Normal water levels make much of this river too shallow to navigate. Another thing to keep in mind while paddling the Blanco is that parking is scarce, so if you can get someone to drop you off, the more relaxing adventure you will have.

If you’re ever lucky enough to venture into Central Texas, be sure to take advantage of the many places to kayak. The beauty and greenery that surround the water of the Hill Country is unmatched. And while you’re in the area, be sure to visit Austin Kayak. We’re your source for all things kayaking, canoeing, and hiking.