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Social Media Saturday 13 April 2024

Welcome to Unsponsored’s social media round up. It’s Social Media Saturday 13 April 2024.

Social Media Saturday 13 April 2024

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Astral Indus PFD

Astral have released details of the the new Indus PFD. It is a higher buoyancy update to the Greenjacket.

Astral Indus PFD

You can certainly see the Greenjacket’s DNA. But the clam shell pocket has been replaced with a zipped side entry pocket.

Astral Indus PFD
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Movie Monday 8 April 2024

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 8 April 2024.

Movie Monday 8 April 2024

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Social Media Saturday 6 April 2024

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 6 April 2024.

Social Media Saturday 6 April 2024

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The NEW Liquidlogic Powerslide

The NEW Liquidlogic Powerslide – A speed machine with slalom roots & half slice chops.

The NEW Liquidlogic Powerslide
The NEW Liquidlogic Powerslide

If you enjoy speed, carving turns, surfing, and skipping out of drops while working your way downriver, this is the boat for you. The Powerslide’s slalom-influenced stern, with its low-rocker profile propels you downstream, upstream and through ferries and banks eddy turns at high speed. Subtle kick rocker just behind the seat delivers the ability to carve through S turns and across currents to slide onto glassy, catch-on-the-fly waves with ease. That’s where the chines kick in with a silky, carving, deliciously loose feeling. Like in many modern slalom boats, we’ve cut the stern low for quick easy pivots during downstream maneuvering and for lifting the bow up into tall stern stalls and splats.

Through the middle, we narrowed the Powerslide to help maintain glide through the water. That slenderness gives the cockpit a comfortable yet performance-snug feel so that you can transition from edge to edge easily while carving around. The hull is flat, wide and hard chined, which keeps it up and spinning on the surface of the water. As in all boats these days, we added a generous amount of bow rocker to keep you popping up out of drops and skipping downstream. By combining the speed and maneuverability of modern slalom kayaks with a playful planing hull and modern bow rocker we’ve created a boat that will give you the power to redefine how you paddle rivers.

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Movie Monday 1 April 2024

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Movie Monday 1 April 2024

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Safety Tape/Sling Comparison

We have a photo comparison of three lots of safety tape/slings.

The Palm Safety Tape which is 5m in length, the Whetman Python which is also 5m in length and the new Palm Cobra which is 4m in length. All three have been coiled up nice and tight without being ridiculous.

Safety Tape/Sling Comparison

From left to right – Palm Safety, Whetman Python, and Palm Cobra. All are fitted with a DMM Boa.

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Dagger Nova – First Impressions

If you were boating in the late 1990s or early 2000s you were probably paddling a full-slice kayak. The reality is many of us have continued to paddle full-slices long after they were being made. But as with most things if you hold on long enough a design will come back around with an update.

Enter the Nova, the younger sibling of the Super Nova, boasting a design that promises top-tier performance and unforgettable adventures. Drawing inspiration from the full-slice models of yesteryear, this high-performance playboat incorporates a host of modern features that only Dagger can deliver with finesse.

Dagger Nova - First Impressions
Dagger Nova – First Impressions
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Palm Equipment Cobra Sling – First Look

Purchased from WWTCC this week, we have a Palm Equipment Cobra sling in for review.

Space saving compared to the other two Palm Equipment tapes and super strong the Cobra looks like a great bit of kit to have in your PFD rescue gear. Although it looks like a dyneema climbing sling the Cobra should not be used for climbing. I suspect that this is due to the dynamic forces that kit endures during a climbing fall.

Palm Equipment Cobra Sling – First Look
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Prijon Beast

Prijon are one of the few manufacturers still blow molding there kayaks. The process is fascinating. This clip shows the new Beast being produced.

Social Media Saturday 30 March 2024

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 30 March 2024.

Social Media Saturday 30 March 2024

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Kokatat Hustle And HustleR Limited Edition

From Kokatat:

Big News! The release of our newest limited edition life vest, a collaboration art piece by Watercolorwoods is HERE!

Kokatat Hustle And HustleR Limited Edition

Artwork on Hustle & HustleR life vests celebrates the removal of 4 dams from the Klamath River watershed, located from the southern Cascades in Oregon, through northern California to the Pacific coast.

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