The Brands Man…The Brands!

Something just occurred to me. While we often talk about the new products we get on Facebook, Twitter and our monthly newsletter, we rarely make mention of the actual brands. I told myself, c’mon man get with it, tell them about the brands man, the brands! As we roll into 2012, figured I’d share a few with you that we are proud to be associated with — welcome aboard new brands! – Roland @ACK

Saris Cycle Group – Beautifully designed bicycle racks and accessories.

Ultimate Survival – Rock solid survival and emergency tools.

Xcel – Performance outdoorwear and wetsuits.

Primus – Durable stoves and other camping equipment.

Kuat – Sophisticated bike racks that turn heads.

Redfeather – Innovative snowshoes and accessories.

Zing – Toys for the rest of us (and kids too)!

Omega Pacific – Serious climbing and rescue equipment.

Cleanwaste – Go anywhere personal human waste management…yes, that.

Reliance – The best in collapsible containers for hydration and waste management.

AGS Labs – Simple yet effective outdoor cookware and other camping equipment.

Bluewater Ropes Quality recreational and occupational climbing and rescue gear.

Is there a brand you think we should carry? Tell us why by commenting below!


The Holiday Madness Begins @ACK

Ya know, it’s never been easy for me to get into the holiday shopping spirit. In fact, for at least the last 20 years, I’ve always waited until the weekend before Christmas to do all my shopping. Well, now that I am an employee of an outdoor retailer, times have changed and so have my holiday shopping habits — I’m on it before Halloween! I owe it to my duty of working with our team on creating and launching our annual Holiday Buyer’s Guide, which through the process, gives me countless ideas on gifts to buy for my friends and family. It may be easy to assume that all we sell is paddling gear but take a closer look, you’ll find a wide array of products for men, women, children and even pets who enjoy the outdoors in every price change.

Here are some great stocking stuffers, all under $25:

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel
For anyone that enjoys hiking, camping, hunting or any other activity where they may need a fire in an emergency situation or simply need a spark to cook up their favorite camp meal.

GoGirl Female Urination Device
Need a stocking stuffer for your lady friends and family? How about a device that…well, as they put it “allows you to urinate while standing up”? Don’t laugh, it has a customer rating of 5 of 5!

Kelty Camp Pillow
Not just for camping, it’s also a great gift for those who travel often or choose to take a catnap during their lunch breaks at the office.

Hobie Fish Grip
For the angler in your life, the list can go on for miles but here is a tool that every man, woman or child that fishes should have, a fish grip. Made to help anglers land fish safely without harming the fish or their very own hands.

Zing Z-Curve Bow
We’ve got one of these lying around the office and it brings out the best in us. Great for younger ones and based on our experience here, adults too!

Katie’ Bumpers Bottle Tracker Dog Training and Fetch Toy
Give a dog a bone people…show them some love too this holiday season. How about a new toy for our furry friends?

See what I mean, there is no need to shop anywhere else…avoid the lines, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, light your fireplace, play some holiday cheer and shop at!

Roland @ACK