The ACK Kayak Selector - We've recently launched a brand new ACK Kayak Selector, an interactive application that will magically deliver results based on your input. Give it a spin and if you have any feedback, don't b3 shy, send it our way.
My Account Page - We are adding the ability for you to manager you own accounts. This not only means that you can view your order history and account information on file but you can also retrieve Saved Carts and even create Wish Lists. Coming Soon!
Reference: Celebrate the lore and heritage of Austin's Town (Lady Bird) Lake Hike and Bike Trail by reading Every Town Needs a Trail by Jen Ohlson.
News and Events
For the 2nd year in a row, ACK has received the Bizrate® Circle of Excellence award. See the results here. ---------------------------------- Come visit ACK during the 2010 Austin Sports Expo to understand the benefits of utilizing a kayak for both recreational and fitness purposes. Loc: Austin, TX
Free Shipping* on Kayaks! Jump Start your Holiday Shopping!
No coupon necessary, simply add a kayak to the shopping cart to receive free shipping. The 15% off all accessories with a Kayak purchase is also valid. Don't need a kayak, use the coupon below for 15% Off All Accessories. www.AustinKayak.com
*Free Shipping and discount offers exclude Hobie Kayaks
Cold Weather Paddling It's all about comfort and safety. Despite the fact that this was one of the hottest summers on record, colder temperatures are quickly approaching and for some, already here. This doesn't necessarily mean we need to hurry up and put our kayaks and canoes away though. Many of us will continue to utilize our boats through the fall and in some areas, the winter months. It's just a matter of making sure you are properly outfitted with gear that will make your paddling trips more enjoyable and more importantly, safe.
Start by protecting yourself with apparel that will keep you comfortably warm. Depending on the extremities of the temperatures, utilize apparel that is specifically made for cold weather paddling such as Immersion Research, NRS and Stohlquist dry and splash wear or wet suits. While most of those items do cover the majority of your body, you may also need to protect your hands, feet and head. Consider a pair of NRS Cross-4 Wet shoes, some Rogue Gloves and a Chaos Polartec 200 Neck Gaiter or Ear Band for better protection.
Carrying the proper safety equipment is key. If you or your equipments happens to fall in the water or if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you'll want to make sure your electronic devices such as phones, GPS devices, emergency locaters and survival gear are protected from the elements. This can easily be accomplished with dry boxes, bags and cases. Last thing you want is a phone that doesn't work when you need it most. Another option is to completely protect the cockpit of your boat with a skirt. This is usually not an option for a sit-on-top kayak, which brings us to this, consider a sit-inside kayak. Sit-inside kayaks provide you with better coverage than most of the open cockpit boats. With so many options in design these days, you'll surely find one that accommodates your activities.
Speaking of protecting your survival gear you should also consider carrying waterproof matches, survival blankets and several hand and toe warmers, which are all very inexpensive and don't take up much room. Of course, like on any paddling trip, never forget to carry a first aid kit.
Last, make sure that you pay attention to the weather, know your paddling routes, understand the effects of hypothermia and if possible, paddle with a partner (or at least notify someone of your whereabouts).
While cold weather kayaking may not be for everyone, those that choose to try it will experience a different perspective on their environment - whether it's the changing colors and migrating wildlife that wasn't there just a few weeks ago or the fact that everything will seem just a little quieter. So as you prepare to put away your gear for the winter, consider leaving your kayak or canoe out for a few more weeks and with the right gear, you'll be surprised how much longer you can stretch your paddling season.
Please note: this article is a general guideline and should not be used as a complete guide to paddling in cold weather. Do your research and consider getting proper cold weather survival training before you venture out.
The Results are In: For the 2010 ACK Fishing Challenge!
A few of the ACK Fishing Challenge Winners
We would like to thank all the sponsors and of course the participants for being a part of this annual event. The event was a success with over 40 anglers of all ages participating. Overall, it was a great day on Lady Bird Lake here in Austin, Texas with mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Anglers were anxiously arriving by 6am early Sunday morning to begin their attempt at 1st place in each of their respective divisions. Everyone walked away a winner though with raffle prizes, giveaways and a "goodie" bag. We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 ACK Fishing Challenge!
Product Review: Wilderness Commander 140
Our very own, Roland Jimenez, recently had the pleasure of using a Wilderness Commander 140 on a 26 mile paddling and camping trip down the Colorado River in central Texas. Knowing that he would be carrying more gear than he usually does for a day trip, he wanted to utilize a boat that could offer the carrying capacity and cargo space he needed. The review not only details his experience with the boat but offer some insight on the beautiful Colorado river paddling trail. Click here to read the complete article.
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