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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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…
Leaf in Creek got the opportunity to raft with these guys and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! From great guides to clean bathrooms, their facility was the best we’ve seen!
If are you looking for an adventure this Spring or Summer be sure to give these folks at Adventures Unlimited a chance. Located just a couple miles from the drop-off point on the Ocoee River, its a quick bus ride and you’re on the water. Changing rooms and hot showers are provided as well when you are finished! Totally take your family and friends!
Check out our video of our trip below!
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Our team here at Leaf in Creek strives to deliver only the best products to outfit the city-to-trail adventurer. Using premium materials, clean designs, and the highest level of workmanship, we are committed to bringing you gear that will stand the test of time, again and again.
The only hammock fabric designed specifically for camping, our 70 denier LunarWave diamond ripstop nylon is built to ensure the most comfortable and secure hang, every time.
With a 500 lb weight capacity, this high-tenacity diamond ripstop nylon protects against tearing and ripping.
Less weight per square inch than any other hammock fabric with even remotely close strength characteristics.
You’ll stay cool when it’s warm and avoid condensation when it’s cold. It’s quick drying, too.
Diamond ripstop reinforcement dramatically reduces stretch over time, keeping your hammock in shape and adventure-ready.
We break-in LunarWave fabric with a crinkle treatment that ensures out-of-the-package softness and exceptional packability.
Kanga Claws™ are engineered to support up to 5,000 lb of force. Double wire gates ensure your hammock won’t slip out while you hang, so you can rest easy all night long.
Racer Slings™ are made of Dyneema, a super-strong synthetic fiber that, weight for weight, is 15 times stronger than steel. Racer Slings support an amazing 2,000 lb of force.
Pack it in, pack it out. Our integrated compression sack is made of a diamond ripstop fabric so you can pack and unpack your hammock without worrying about frays or rips. With reinforced stress points and an extended the roll top closure, you’ve got a safe space for your Python Straps in each compression sack, too.
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!
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!
Labor Day, when many are off work and the kids are out of school. What better way than to spend the day out-doors with family. This day Curtis and Christina took the family to Honeycomb campground on Guntersville Lake. The four kids stayed in a large tent which allowed plenty of play room for their mess and in case it rained offered an area for family game time.
Curtis and Christina sleept in their ENO hammocks. A Guardian bug net was required of course, Christina wouldn’t have it any other way. Curtis was glad of the “command” but wouldn’t let her know it. With any campground around water there are mosquitoes and the netting of any material seems to attract them. One easy tip to keep them at bay is to spray OFF bug repellent on the Guardian Bug Net. Pulling it away from the Hammock and spraying keeps the oily residue from getting on the hammock and causing a grease like stain. NO MORE MOSQUITOES!
Sleeping in hammocks is an adventure in it’s own. You totally hear everything, whatever your surrounding, the woods or the beach, it is total nature bliss. Although, being in a campground on Labor Day, there are others who like to stay up till 2am, and you hear that too….
Taking the Yeti cooler on weekend trips is awesome. It will hold ice for 7-8 days, but that isn’t really needed for a overnighter or weekend. However, keeping ice and drinks ice cold and ready is. With the cooler’s capability of keeping cold so long, it keeps water from forming prematurely and soaking everything in the cooler. We love our Yeti and it makes a great seat if we need another chair around the campfire.