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admin December 7, 2018 0

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!

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 😁

 

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 – info@leafincreek.com