Author: Curtis Stolaas

Curtis Stolaas June 2, 2016 0

Free Body Glove Bikini Contest

Attention all Earthpeditionists®, Win a free Body Glove Bikini with Leaf in Creek!  All you have to do is jump over to our Facebook page and like the Body Glove post and share it.  Then jump to our Instagram and follow us there. Its that simple and you will be entered to win a free Body Glove bikini of your choice!



Curtis Stolaas April 9, 2016 0

Avex Pint vs. Yeti Rambler

Two great tumblers that are great at holding ice.  But how do they compare to each other?

Curtis Stolaas October 14, 2015 0

CamelBak Forge & Mountain Hardware Belt Review

There are a lot of options out there for a hot tumbler.  This review shows why we have chosen the CamelBak Forge as our go-to hot liquid cup.  It’s all in the lid and dishwasher safe!

The Mountain Hardwear belt is also a great gear item with it’s hook feature allowing it to be opened and closed super fast.

Watch the video review below and see for yourself!

Order yours today here

Curtis Stolaas August 10, 2015 0

Sun Bum Sea Spray


Okay Sun Bum is awesome!  Their sun lotion and blocks are phenomenal so naturally when their hair product line came out we were stoked. You have already seen how great the shampoo and conditioner are from a previous post/review by Christina, but the Sea Spray is what is often over looked.

A product for both women and men, it gives your hair that sexy windblown look and feel that you get from arising from the  ocean curls. Made with Hawaiian Sea Salt, Kelp, and Seaweed, this UV protectant spray offer that Matte look and smell you desire.

Tired of the old bedhead style? Try the new salt look now!

Get it HERE now from Leaf in Creek.

Curtis Stolaas August 1, 2015 0

Grand Trunk Beach Blanket

When going to the beach you need a towel, sunglasses, sunblock (SunBum duh) and a cooler.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nylon beach blanket too?  Super light weight and quick drying, the Grand Trunk beach blanket is a fun add-on to your normal beach gear.  Made from parachute nylon, its easy to sweep the sand away and pack up when done.  The large size is great for two people and fun for the whole family to have lunch on.

You don’t have to wait to use it at the beach either.  Use it in the park too or anywhere else you would like some nice nylon bedding to sit on!


Curtis Stolaas July 22, 2015 0

Inflatable SUP illustration

The Evolve Inflatable SUP is great for those who don’t have a way to transport a solid paddle board. It packs into a large sized backpack after being deflated and rolled up and comes with the hand pump and patch repair kit.  These boards do not surf as good as solid boards but hold their own standard paddling.  Wether you enjoy the ocean, lake or river the inflatable SUP will be able to handle it, and sometimes even better than a solid board.  The tough rubber withstands abrasions from sand and rock whereas a solid board would chip or crack.  This makes them great for shallow rivers where you often find yourself in 1ft of water.

The Stability a great.  You still need a board to fit your body size, but being full of air they are extremely buoyant so standing on them is a breeze, this allows the first time rider to become comfortable very quickly.  In really rough surf, like all boards, standing is a challenge and you gain your balance through experience.


Watch the quick illustration of our Evolve paddle boards and come check one out in store soon!

Curtis Stolaas April 8, 2015 0

Make your Hawg Trough float!

Here is a quick instructional on how to make your new Leaf in Creek™ Hawg Trough float.  The Hawg Trough is the fish measuring board that most kayak anglers use to measure their fish.  Most tournaments now require this particular board because it is easy to read when taking pictures.

When you buy a Hawg Trough from us or somewhere else, they do not come able to float (however we do have some available with this mod already installed).  You can tie a string to it and keep it from falling out of the kayak and sinking, but with all the rigging in the boat already some times one less rope is grand!

The product we are using today comes from Home Depot.  I am sure you can find it at Lowe’s but I just know exactly where to find it at the Depot.


Curtis Stolaas April 6, 2015 0

Jackson Coosa HD Kayak Review

The Jackson Coosa HD is a new boat this year 2015.  Wanting to create a yak that was smaller than the hefty Big Rig yet retaining some of it’s stability.  We all love the quick and nimble Coosa for it’s light weight and spin-around maneuverability, but small boats often suffer when larger paddlers use them.  Where the standard River Coosa excels with paddler weights around 180lbs, above that range standing in the kayak becomes a little uneasy.  With practice it can be done but sudden shifts of weight can send you overboard.  Prior to the Coosa HD, a paddler over 180lbs that wanted to stand easily to fish were forced to the Big Rig and Big Tuna.  The Big Tuna being a tandem/Solo boat and Big Rig a big flat heavy boat designed for all day standing.  Hands down, the Big Rig is the goto boat for fly fishing, bass flipping, salt flats and more.  However it is very heavy and very slow.  It excels in the lake but lacks in the quick currents of rivers.

Here is where the Coosa HD was designed to fit in, the go between. A little wider, a little heavier, a little flatter, all give the HD that more stable feeling a heavier paddler needs without jumping up to the almighty alheavy Big Rig. However, if you are 250lbs+ the HD will still feel like the standard and these anglers will find it much more comfortable with a Big Rig or Big Tuna.

The HD bow to stern has these features:

  • Bow concave hatch for paddle quick-hold
  • Bow and Stearn hinged hatches
  • Rod Tip Protectors
  • Recessed GearTracs on Port/Starboard gunwales
  • Bungy cord everywhere for tie-down points
  • Floor mats for reduced through-hull noise
  • Removable Center console to clear up cockpit area
  • Line management inside center console
  • Drybag in center console
  • New Elete Seat with stowaway storage underneath
  • 4 seat locations for front/back and high/low positions
  • 3 GearTracs around rear storage area for anchor points on gear, poles etc
  • Adjustable bungy anchors in rear tracks
  • Camera pole mount
  • Drag chain chute
  • Mounting point for PowerPole system


Quick water with the Coosa HD is handled pretty well.  Paddling upstream is a little difficult as the boat is less nimble than its river running brother but is capable of spinning quickly when paddling down stream which is needed when traversing rapids.  Standing in the HD is quite enjoyable.  Even if you just want to stretch your legs you won’t feel that uneasy feeling you get in a boat to small for you.  However, its not the Big Rig, you wouldn’t want to fight a fish standing up as quick movements could still send you overboard.

With the added stability you can easily access the front hatch from your knees without loss of control, and accessing gear behind you is easily done as well.  As your confidence grows you can easily step into this yak from the shoreline by just holding onto the seat.


Overall, this new kayak is a winner.  A great balance for middle weight paddlers and a blast to ride in the quick rivers.

For more detail watch our video review of this yak, and come by and demo it in person at Leaf in Creek outfitters!


Leaf in Creek Outfitters – 256-886-LEAF –

Curtis Stolaas November 24, 2014 0

Fripp & Folly Shirt Give-a-away

It’s a glass of no-nonsense, we don’t need-no attitude wrapped in a gentlemanly swagger. It’s that look that invites a goodtime and maybe even a little trouble. The South isn’t afraid to get up with the roosters or stay up around the campfire and tell too many stories. It’s a little bit cocky, and a whole lot real. And it’s ready to keep on keepin’ on, no matter what may come its way.

That’s Fripp & Folly

That’s Straight Up Southern

Leaf in Creek’s give-a-away this week is a Fripp & Folly shirt.  These are awesome shirts with great southern style prints and Comfort Colors.


The video below shows the random winner! Cathy Slowik!


Fripp & Folly WINNER! click here to see video clip

Curtis Stolaas October 31, 2014 0

HydroFlask Review

The Hydroflask is a vacuum sealed flask for liquids.  The sealed thermo insulation allows the liquid to stay hot or cold up to 24hrs and proved so in all our testing.  One of the great benefits to insulated flasks or mugs is they do not sweat.  Sweating containers are pain, leaving puddles on the table and attracting sand is a nuisance.

The Hydroflask stainless steel has a special coating on the inside much like the YETI® Rumbler does. This coating keeps odors and tastes from infusing into the metal.  Regular stainless mugs and plastic water bottles do not offer this.  Instead, if you put something that is not water inside, the interior walls will absorb the liquid and retain the taste/oder.  If you ever want that refreshing taste of pure clean water again then you are straight out of luck.  The Hydroflask with it’s liner defeats that.

A drawback to the Hydroflask widemouth is it’s insulated screw cap.  The cap does great and keeping the contents cold or hot but keeps you from having that drink quickly.  An addition of the flip top gives you that quick access you like without leaving the container open for possible spillage.

If you like the YETI® products then you will love this one as well.  Even if you are not a Yeti owner, but are looking for an advanced water bottle for your adventures and lifestyle, you will really enjoy the Hydroflask!

Get it here now!