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Austin Canoe & Kayak July NewsletterJuly Newsletter
July 2007 Issue 13, Vol 1
In This Issue
:: The ACK Family Grows - Chris and Kara
:: Putting the Canoe back in Austin Canoe and Kayak
:: ACK Picture Contest Time to Vote
:: PFD Review
:: Book Review
The ACK Family
This month's highlight
chris and karaThe ACK family is about to add another member this July.  No Molly's not pregers again.  Chris the scruffy manager of the San Marcos store will be getting married July 28th in Atlanta, GA to long-time girlfriend Kara who is a Texas native! 

Two days after the wedding Kara will graduate from Kennesaw State with her Bachelors in Nursing.  She has already accepted a position at Brackinridge Hospital in Austin and is eager to return to her Longhorn roots. 

So if you see Chris this month tell him good luck and look for Kara to be around the San Marcos store soon.
Old Town Canoes Now Available!
Building quality canoes since 1898...
Old Town Canoes can now be found at an ACK store near you.  Old Town remains on the cutting edge of canoe technology while always remembering their roots in design and style.

Weare currently stocking three models and will look to add additional models and colors based on whatour customers ask for.  We are happy to order any model in any color,no extra charge.  Check out the models we are stocking here.
ACK Forum
Picture Contest Voting is Here!
Many of our customers posted great photos of their kayaks in action.  The ACK staff got together and picked their favorite 3.  Now its time for our loyal customers to let their voices be heard.  Go to this link and choose your favorite picture to be featured on austinkayak.com. 
PFD (Personal Flotation Device) Review
By Craig Paddler

MTI Livery- This is a comfortable vest at a comfortable price.  While it doesn't have anything fancy to brag about and can get a little warm, I found this to be a great vest for the person who isn't going to wear a PFD all the time...although I always recommend that you wear yours. $29
NRS Vista- The Vista PFD wears and paddles well.  An upgrade from the livery because of the pockets and added adjustability.  I was able to adjust this jacket to give me a comfortable fit that I was happy with and it didn't break the bank.  $55
Stohlquist GetAway- This is an outstanding jacket and the first review of a PFD that has a half-back design.  The top half of the jacket back is flotation, the lower half is mesh.  This is ideal for SOT kayakers because the top half of the jacket sets above the back rest for added comfort.  $69
Stohlquist FLOWter- I like this jacket because it really hugs your body.  The front mesh pocket is nice for a whistle or fishing license.  The cross cinch really keeps the vest out of my face.   $69
Astral LDB - The LDB is a very unique jacket with all of its flotation in the front.  The back is foam-less .  Lots of pockets for small items you want easy access to.  An optional booster attachment can be added for additional floatation.  $94
Stohlquist DRIFTer -  The most comfortable of jackets I tried.  Good flotation spread out to all the right places.  I don't rub on any extra material.  The mesh area under the arm is perfect for catching a cool breeze while I paddle.  I couldn't have been happier from a performance standpoint.  $104
Stohlquist Fisherman -  Whenever I am fishing (which is every chance I get) this half-back jacket is coming along.  I had a place for my knife, snips and clippers.  The best part of Fisherman is that the pockets when unzipped become little shelves that I use to change out lures without worrying about dropping them.  I was blown away with the convenience and forethought that went into this jacket.  $99

Since I don't have the correct parts to review the woman's jacket my
wife Betty Paddler was kind enough to try them out and relay her thoughts. 


Stohlquist eSCAPE -  Fit me very nicely and did not ride up in my face while paddling.  It has padding under the arm which I wasn't thrilled with, but makes sense if I fall out in a rougher water.  All in all, a good comfortable fit.  $55
Stohlquist BetSEA -  So nice!  The BetSEA has outstanding fit and adjustment.  I was able to adjust the straps to get the exact fit my body needed.  I also really like the assortment of colors this jacket is offered in.  $104

Books for Kayakers
New for 2007

Kayak FishingThe Ultimate Guide to Kayak Fishing
By Scott Null and Joel McBride

This is a great guide to anyone thinking of getting into the sport or just looking for new ideas.  Scott Null and Joel McBride have been involved in the sport for many years and will share their knowledge with you.  This book is easy to read and is littered with wonderful photography. 



Coastal BendWade and Kayak Fishing the Costal Bend
By Ray Crawford

Ray Crawford's second installment of his wade and kayak fishing booksdetails launch sites for kayaks or wade fishing on the following baysystems: San Antonio Bay, Red Fish Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus ChristiBay, and the Upper Laguna Madre.  This book has amazing photos anddetails by a fellow who lives to fish. 
Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter, we hope you find it valuable and if you have any suggestions for us to make these even better, please let us know.
 
Sincerely,
 
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