Category: Gear Reviews

admin July 29, 2019 0

Patagonia Guidewater II Pants Review

Spending time outdoors requires clothing built for the environment.  Your clothes need to protect you from exposure to the elements while also being as comfortable as possible for extended wear.  When it comes to fishing, I have found the Patagonia Guidewater II pants perform well in any situation.  From hours in the kayak exposed to the sun or wading a small stream, the Guidewater II’s are right at home.

The Guidewater II are technical pants built for fishing.  The pants are made from a 100% recycled performance nylon.  The material has a durable water repellant (DWR) finish that helps them shed water quickly and provides 50+ UPF protection against UVA and UVB rays.  If the pants do get wet, they are quick to dry.  There are two side hand pockets and two zippered pockets, one on the lower right leg and the other on the right back.

The fit of the Guidewater IIs are kept comfortable with an elastic waist that moves with you.  The elastic is help full in lowering the instances of “yak crack” (kayak angler’s version of plumber’s crack).  If the elastic just isn’t enough then you also have belt loops.  There are also stretch panels in the seat, thigh, and front knee areas to increase the freedom of movement and comfort.

 

~Robert Brown

Leaf in Creek Ambassador  &  Jackson Kayak Fishing Team

admin April 16, 2019 0

Black Hole Review

No matter what kind of traveling you do, you always want bags that are functional and rugged. Most of my travels revolve around fishing. Wether I am on the road to visit a fishing location or to represent a company at an expo, my go to bags have become some of the Black Hole series from Patagonia. Black Hole bags come in a wide range of sizes and styles. From a 2 liter waist pack up to a 120 liter rolling duffle, there is a size to fit your need.

The Black Holes are made from a tough ripstop polyester that is laminated with a TPU film. In addition, there is a durable water repellant finish added. This combination of features make the bags weather and abrasion resistant. The duffles have optional padded and removable shoulder straps that help free up your hands while you are on the go.

I prefer to travel with the 60L duffle and use the small, medium, and large bags to help organize my items. The small bag is perfect for your toiletries or for use as a shave kit. The medium and large bags are ideal for clothes, shoes, chargers, and other items that may find their way into the duffle. The medium or large bags can also be used separately if your travel plans call for a single night stop over as they have room for the essentials and a change of clothes.

 

~Robert Brown : LIC Ambassador, Jackson Kayak National Team

admin December 7, 2018 1

Chaco Dixon Review

I have worn Chacos for a few years now.  The Z/1 sandals have been a comfortable and durable shoe for all my outings.  I recently found myself needing some casual shoes for work and around town.  One day while at Leaf in Creek, the Chaco Dixon High boots caught my attention.

The Dixon High are a simple and stylish boot that come in two colors, I chose the java color.  The leather is a little stiff out of the box but becomes very soft and extremely comfortable after it has been broken in.  The upper is waterproof as well as salt-repelling, this keeps the leather looking good even in the winter months.

A breathable form-fitting inner bootie provides a comfortable fit as well as some padding on the inside.  Your feet rest on a Chaco LUVSEAT midsole that is certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association.  The midsole provides a contoured arch support that provides all day comfort.  The minimum rise between the toe and heel allows your foot to rest in a more natural position.

After several weeks, the Dixons have become one of my favorite pair of shoes.  Their classic styling goes well in a business casual environment or for a night out.  The midsole comfort is noticeable even after nine or ten hours on your feet. If the Dixons last as long as my Z/1s, they really will be an awesome pair of boots.   

 

~ Robert Brown – Earthpeditionist®

Robert is a Leaf in Creek Ambassador and Member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team

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admin October 1, 2018 0

Patagonia Atom Sling – Review

The Patagonia Atom Sling 8L bag is at home on the street, on the trail, or the water.  The Atom 8L is a two pocket sling style bag that is perfect for daily carry or brief excursions into the wilderness.  The main pocket is large enough for a tablet, notebook, fly box, snacks or other necessities.  The Atom 8L has a second pocket on the main pack for smaller items and a clip to attach your keys.  There are also two compression straps on the outside that helps to keep the pack under control and can be used to stow a light windbreaker or rain jacket.

The padded shoulder strap has an expandable pocket that offers convenient access on the go and 3D mesh on the strap and back that allows for plenty of ventilation.  The bag has a durable water repellent finish and the shape of the Atom keeps it close to your body and secure while moving around.  Getting items out of the Atom is as easy as spinning the pack around.

I mainly use the Atom Sling 8L while fly fishing on smaller creeks.  These grab and go trips do not require a lot of gear and so the Atom’s size is perfect.  I can keep two small fly boxes, a leader wallet, and snacks in the main compartment.  The pocket on the should strap holds two spools of tippet material and fly floatant.  There is a small loop under the pocket on the shoulder strap where zingers can be attached to hold hemostats and line snips.

The functionality of the Atom Sling 8L makes it a great option for anyone looking to carry a few items while they get out and venture earth.

~ Robert Brown – Earthpeditionist®

Robert is a Leaf in Creek Ambassador and Member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team

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admin March 16, 2018 0

Osprey Raptor Review

Mountain Biking can be great way to stay in shape. Even if you are not a down hill adrenaline nut the XC world and Trail world is just as exciting. One thing which we all need on the trail is water, and quite a lot of it if you are riding for 5 or more miles. Backpacks with water reservoirs are a great way to store high amounts to keep you hydrated while keeping your bike lighter for maneuverability.

The Osprey Raptor 10 is one of our top choices for Fall & Winter biking. It’s larger storage area is great for when you need to shed layers of clothes and need a place to store them. A large 3L reservoir holds plenty of water and the bite valve is perfect although the locking mechanism is a little difficult to use with one hand. Having a separate tool area at the bottom of the pack keeps heavier weighted item down low close to your hips, and keeps you from having to search through the pack looking for that one specific tool.

Fantastic back support gives your plenty of breathability between your back and the pack, and waist straps are easily tightened on the go. A nice little plus is the magnet holder that keeps your mouth peace next to you instead and swinging around…

 

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admin August 2, 2017 0

Jackson Kayak Cuda HD

The Cuda HD by Jackson Kayak is a high end fishing yak that gets you from the shoreline to your fishing hole with ease. Wider than it’s brother Cuda, the Cuda HD maintains it’s speed and allows for a much more stable boat for stand-up fishing.

Redesigned hatch covers, a more intuitive cargo area ,and a much better designed seat positioning system makes this HD model a tough choice for other manufacturers to beat.

Follow Leaf in Creek Ambassador & Jackson Kayak Fishing Team member Robert Brown around this boat and learn what all this new boat can offer you.

Check here to see if Leaf in Creek has your new Cuda HD in stock!

Britney Shoemaker July 16, 2017 0

Patagonia Seabrook

Not only does Patagonia carry one amazing skirt, but multiple choices that will carry you through the season.

This week we’re featuring the Seabrook skirt…

Why do we love it? It’s made with 89% recycled polyester/11% spandex moisture wicking fabric, dries quickly and has 50+ UPF sun protection.

Bluesign® approved means it offers the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials in the manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.

Plus the A-line shape it a wardrobe must-have for any body type.

Check out what Earthpeditionist Andrea says about the Patagonia Seabrook skirt:

“I am always jumping from one activity to another so I am a sucker for versatile clothing that transitions well into a multitude of environments.

I picked up the Seabrook skirt by Patagonia at Leaf in Creek AND LET ME TELL YOU!! It is super soft and crazy comfortable!

From running to Target to hiking at Rainbow Mtn in the EXTREME Alabama humidity, this skirt is cute, light, breathable, and holds its shape after wear and washing.

**Bonus feature: it doesn’t really hold on to wrinkles making it a great travel piece, (the sure fire way to this girl’s heart)!!

Leaf in Creek has them in 3 different colors! Check them out!!”

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Britney Shoemaker June 29, 2017 0

Patagonia Lithia

Product Review: Patagonia Lithia skirt

We think Patagonia is the cat’s meow…but don’t leave it to us. Take a look at what wilderness ambassador, Vanessa has to say:

vanessapatskirtFull disclosure: I don’t often wear skirts. Not because I don’t think they’re darling…I have a few hanging in the back of my closet, but it’s just sort of rare that I think to put one on.

But I think I’ve grabbed for this Patagonia skirt three times in the last two weeks. It’s pretty awesome all around- comfortable, fits well (you know, doesn’t hug in the unflattering places) has neat prints, and is super versatile.

In fact, last weekend I went up to Kentucky Lake for a family reunion and got to put its versatility to good use. I wore it on the four hour drive up, out on the boat, and even to a spur of the moment wedding.

That’s right. We had a pop-up wedding in my grandmother’s backyard for my uncle and his long time girlfriend. They just decided, “Why not? We’re all here anyways!”

The wedding was obviously very causal, but I at least felt decent in my comfy new Patagonia skirt.

*Pictured: me before the ceremony 💜

Buy This Skirt Now online!

 

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admin May 2, 2017 0

Fidget Spinners

What is a Fidget Spinner?

Do you have ADHD? Even if you don’t, the Fidget Spinner is a toy you won’t want to put down.  Having something in your hands will calm you if you are nervous, anxious, or aggravated.  I have found that spinning my spinner even keeps me from the addiction of checking Facebook constantly.

Coming in different sizes, colors, designs, and quality, one thing they all have in common is a bearing that allows it to spin on it’s axis.

Pick up one today at Leaf in Creek and you will quickly learn the effects the spinner can have on you 😁

 

Christina Stolaas July 26, 2016 0

How to inflate your new Air Lounger Air Hammock

Do you have a new Air Lounger air hammock and getting tired and winded just inflating it?  Watch our how-to video and inflate it quickly to get you relaxing on air quickly.