Five.Ten Eddy and Eddy Pro Water Shoes

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

                Five Ten Footwear, founded in 1985, has long been known for making high quality and innovative outdoor shoes. Utilizing their Stealth Rubber compounds, Five Ten shoes are extremely grippy and excel in a wide variety of applications: from hiking and rock climbing, to mountain biking and (maybe most importantly) watersports.

                The brand had two styles of water shoes that were quite popular; the Canyoneer was a full-on hiking boot designed to be immersed, and the Water Tennie, based off of their extremely popular Guide Tennie approach shoe, was an excellent mid-top option. However, in regards to paddling, the Canyoneer was often too bulky to fit comfortably into many kayaks, and the Water Tennie, although lower profile and with a more flexible sole, was still too much for many paddlers. Enter Five Ten’s new water shoe options, the Eddy and Eddy Pro. Finally, Five Ten has brought low-top options to the paddling market, and they have their Stealth Rubber outsole!

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy Water Shoe

                The Eddy is a sneaker style shoe with a quick-drying and lightweight mesh upper for breathability and drainage, as well as welded rubber in high-wear areas. A decently stiff midsole helps to protect your foot from pointy rocks and other ground hazards. The Stealth Rubber outsole, as expected, is extremely sticky and its light grey color is non-marking. It also has a smooth (sans tread) area in the toe area called the ‘Climbing Zone™’ to help aid during any sketchy and exposed portages. As is typical of Five Ten footwear the toebox is quite narrow, so anyone who has wider feet might feel cramped in these shoes; but such a toebox can help significantly in finding toeholds climbing rocks while scouting or portaging. It does not come with an insole, probably to aid drainage through the 14 holes in the sole of the shoe. Because of this, the shoe has minimal cushioning and people who get sore feet easily might find them uncomfortable. However, I have not had any issues.

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

                The Eddy Pro is very similar to the Eddy, with a few important changes. The synthetic mesh upper is heavier and more abrasion resistant, the welded rubber extends farther along the length of the shoe providing more structural support, and the mesh tongue has been replaced with neoprene. There is also a loop at the heel so pulling them on is easier and you can hang them up to dry. Overall, the Eddy Pro is a more durable and rigid version of the Eddy, designed for paddling excursions where your contact with nature is more intimate, and you’ll be spending more time on your feet.

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

Five.Ten Eddy PRO Water Shoe

                All in all, both the Eddy and Eddy Pro are great new additions to an ever-increasing lineup of awesome paddling shoes. With the Eddy being priced at $100 and the Eddy Pro at $120, both of these shoes will compete well with top products from Astral and Adidas. Come and try on a pair!

-Ethan Boswell

Note: We JUST got these new shoes in, and they are not on our online store yet.  Give us a call, or (even better) come in and try them on!  503-285-0464

Spring into this Week with some whitewater!

The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar has been out but…

Here is what is happening coming up SOON:

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best whitewater coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year including FREE clinics and Demos and Events and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com 

Also be sure to check out our EXTENSIVE sea and sup programs!
FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com

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Spring 2017 Scratch N Dent

NEW and USED boats have been marked down!

Spring is knocking on your door….

NEW

Kayak Pro Zazzu (Tandem)  $4890  $2999
Kayak Pro Marlin  $3700  $2299
Kayak Pro Namu (medium)  $2370  $1499
Kayak Pro Namu (large) $2370  $1499

Current Designs Equinox GT  $3499  $2799

Sterling Illusion  $5050  $4040

Stellar S12 Advantage  $2030  $1599
Stellar S14 LV Advantage  $2350  $1849

Current Designs Vision 120 Hybrid  $1899  $1549
Current Designs Vision 130 Hybrid  $1999  $1599
Current Designs Vision 150 Hybrid  $2499  $1999

Jackson Journey 13.5  $1199  $960
Jackson Journey 14  $1199  $960

Hurricane Kayaks Santee 116 Sport  $999  $799
Hurricane Kayaks Santee 120 Sport  $1199  $959
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 126  $1249  $999
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 135  $1449  $1159
Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 146  $1549  $1239

Slingshot Crossbreed 12’6″  $1699  $999
Slingshot Crossbreed Soft Top 11′  $899  $719

Glide Aqua Prowler 12′  $1349  $1079

Wenonah Fisherman Kevlar Ultralight  $2699  $2199
Wenonah 17 Kevlar Ultralight  $2999  $2499
Wenonah Spirit II Kevlar Ultralight  $2899  $2449
Wenonah Spirit II TuffWeave  $2399  $1999
Wenonah Escapade Kevlar Ultralight  $2799  $2399
Wenonah Solo Plus TuffWeave  $2399  $1899
Wenonah Aurora TuffWeave  $2299  $1899
Wenonah Rendezvous  TuffWeave  $2299  $1899

Jackson Kilroy DT (tandem)  $1899  $1519
Jackson Skipper  $999  $849
Jackson Coosa HD  $1749  $1399
Jackson Cruise 12  $949  $759

Hurricane Kayaks Skimmer 116  $1099  $899
Hurricane Kayaks Skimmer 140  Deluxe Angler  $1899  $999

Feel Free Lure 10  $999  $799

Eddyline C-135 YakAttack  $2599  $1999

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 10  $2399  $1999

Feel Free Aventura 11  $679  $549

Liquid Logic Marvel 10  $699  $559

Soul Waterman  Gonzo (yellow)  $1099  $799
Soul Waterman  Gonzo (orange)  $999  $799
Soul Waterman Booty Call (orange)  $999  $799

Jackson Rockstar Lg 2016  $1249  $999
Jackson Rockstar XS 2016  $999  $799
Jackson Fun 1  $699  $559
Jackson Dynamic Duo  $1599  $1279
Jackson Karma Sm  $1199  $999
Jackson Karma Md  $1199  $999
Jackson Karma Lg  $1199  $999
Jackson Zen Sm  $1199  $999
Jackson Zen Lg  $1199  $999
Jackson 2Fun $1199  $999
Jackson Fun  $1199  $999
Jackson 4Fun  $1199  $999

Stellar SR Advantage  $2820  $2249
Stellar S18S Advantage  $2820  $2249

 

USED

Current Designs Solara 100  $359
Current Designs Solara 120  $399
Current Designs Solara 135  $599
Current Designs Solara Tandem  $679

Jackson Journey 13.5  $799

Venture Islay 14  $799
Venture  Islay 12  $599
Venture Scorpio LV  $1049

Current Designs Infinity  $1399
Current Designs Willow  $1599

Hurricane Marvel 10  $359
Hurricane Marvel 12  $479

Eddyline Caribbean 12  $1000

Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Tegris  $1000

Necky Eliza (poly)  $800

Stellar S14LV Advantage $1900

2017 Sea Kayaking Programs: Early Birds get the…

 The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar is out and you can get an early bird deal!  It’s looking like another GREAT year!!! 

 

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best sea kayak coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com  

 Book by the end of January for a 2017 class or trip and receive 17% off! 

*Use Promo Code:  EarlyBird17

Lock in the low price now!  Need to switch up dates later?  No worries.  We can do that!  

Alder Creek Sea Kayak Programs: Click each link below for more info and to sign up.  (Don’t forget to use the Promo code) 

FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com.  Get it booked in Jan and we can give you the deal!

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2017 Whitewater Programs: Early Birds get the…

The 2017 Alder Creek Program Calendar is out and you can get an early bird deal!  It’s looking like another GREAT year!!! 

At Alder Creek we strive to offer the very best whitewater coaching available to local and international paddlers looking to become more precise, confident, and have more FUN on the river at every level!  Check out what we have to offer this year and please feel free to email me suggestions, questions, and special requests.  Let us customize an experience for YOU.  Private and group classes and trips are available.  Email Programs@aldercreek.com  

 Book by the end of January for a 2017 class or trip and receive 17% off! 


*Use Promo Code:
  EarlyBird17

Lock in the low price now!  Need to switch up dates later?  No worries.  We can do that!  

Alder Creek Whitewater Programs: Click each link below for more info and to sign up.  (Don’t forget to use the Promo code) 

Also be sure to check out our EXTENSIVE sea and sup programs!
FYI  Don’t see a date that works for you?  Feel free to request additional dates on the calendar.  It takes 3 students to make a class so grab a couple friends and pick some dates.  Then just email me at Programs@aldercreek.com.  Get it booked in Jan and we can give you the deal!

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Practice Kayaking Indoors

Building a Greenland Balance Bench

Using a Greenland Balance BenchWith the recent cold weather I wanted to find a way to work on my paddling and edging balance while staying dry, or at least warm. The Tipping Without Flipping  class only happens once a month in a heated pool, and I needed something for the time between classes. I remembered seeing something while attending Alder Creek’s Spring Paddle Fest 2016. The local Greenland Paddling Club, Qajaq USA, had two Greenland Balance Benches on display. A Greenland Balance Bench is a rocking bench that simulates the movement of a performance sea kayak so that you can train and build the muscles necessary to balance in your boat. The Inuits would use these balance benches to prepare their children to hunt by kayak. After playing with them a little I remembered thinking “I’ve gotta make one!”. After some online research I found they are very simple to construct. All you need is:

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Rogue River Staff Trip 2016 – a Wild & Scenic adventure

Rogue River Staff Trip 2016

Wild & Scenic Section:
Almeda Park to Foster Bar ~ 38 miles
October 25-27, 2016

This fall, as the flurry of summer faded, our staff took an opportunity for some R&R on the water.  It’s rare for the staff’s days-off to lineup for a single session, and a chance to go on a multi-day trip is exceptionally elusive.  So, despite a foreboding weather forecast (100% rain all week), we rallied two rigs, a trailer, and nine of us south to the Rogue River.

(Don’t forget to check out the three slide-shows at the end!)

Team Alder Creek

Back Row: Dave, Matt, Byron, Andrew, Paul. Front Row: Meloy, Alex, Ethan, Brent

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Immersion Research Klingon Sprayskirt

Immerson Research Klingon Sprayskirt Review
by Ethan Boswell

Rogue River

Ethan Boswell at Rainie Falls on the Rogue River. Photo by Andrew Romanelli

I recently decided that I needed a new spray skirt. There aren’t too many options on the market, but I had been impressed by the designs coming out of Immersion Research. To my eyes, it seemed as though IR was the only brand innovating in the skirt department.  So, I decided to give them a shot. I was originally going to pull the trigger on a Lucky Charm sprayskirt, with its rubber rand making it the most implosion resistant skirt in their lineup.  However, a little bird told me that the Lucky Charm was not the driest skirt that IR makes. That position belongs to the Klingon sprayskirt, which surprises many people considering that it’s a bungee skirt.

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Kobuk River Alaska 2016

 

Walker Lake, Alaska

Kobuk River, Alaska

Put In: Walker Lake

Take Out:  Shugnak

Mileage on Kobuk River: 125

Rapids: class III for ½ mile in upper canyon and class II for ½ mile in lower canyon

Fishing: Arctic Grayling at Walker Lake outlet and Sheefish along the middle Kobuk.

Who: 12 old friends

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Winter Community Clinics 2016-2017

FREE Winter Community Clinic Series: “Sunday School”

Winter Kayak Clinic

Brought to you by Alder Creek & Ninkasi Brewing

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2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

Lumpy Waters

Alder Creek’s 2016 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium was a great success!

A huge thanks go out to our participants and coaches for traveling far and wide to Pacific City, OR this year!  This Lumpy might have been our best yet.  Of course we have to thank our incredible sponsors for their support as well!

Check out photos HERE and the event video below!  (Huge shout out to Brent Williamson of Raging River Pictures for his excellent work on the video!)

And feel free to reach out to our sponsors on social media and thank them for their support!

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Presenting Sponsors:

Kokatat

Kokatat

thule

Thule

sterling

Sterling Kayaks

NRS

NRS

Airstream

Airstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Used Kayak and Boat List – Fall 2016

Used Boat List – Fall 2016

Last Updated 9.29.16

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The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

The First Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series

On August 27th the Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series wrapped up its first season. Alder Creeks very own anglers just happened to be there the whole way! Given the first year of the series just three tournaments were held on three different bodies of water over this past spring and summer. The first a well known Largemouth Bass haven just outside Coos Bay, Oregon called Tenmile Lakes. Followed by Crane Prairie outside of Bend, Oregon and the series finale on the Willamette River in Newberg.

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25th Annual Fall SALE!

2016 Fall Sale

The 25th Annual Fall SALE

Part Deux!

Fall Sale 2016

Fall Sale 2016

SALES on new, in-stock gear start NOW!!!

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The 8th Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium presented by Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe

Lumpy Waters Symposium October 7-9

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The 8th Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium

www.lumpywaters.com

From its first inception The Lumpy Waters Symposium has been a premiere sea kayaking symposium due to its spectacular venues and world renowned coaching staff.  The 8th year for the event is no exception!  The event offers a student centered experience that promotes the excitement and accessibility of rough and calm-water sea paddling while providing the skills necessary to be safe and have fun. Offering world class professional coaching at the exhilarating and beautiful Oregon coast inspires students and coaches alike. By building and supporting the sea kayak community, Alder Creek hopes to grow not just their business but the sport as a whole.

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