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Watershed Futa Stowfloat – First Look

You will be seeing quite a few Watershed Drybags on Unsponsored over the next couple of weeks. We’ve managed to get most of the range in for review. It’s cost a fair bit but we are very interested in how they perform.

Watershed Futa Stowfloat - First Look

First up is the Watershed Futa Stowfloat. This is a drybag/airbag combo designed to store gear and provide flotation in the back of a kayak.

Now all of the Watershed gear that I have ordered in is black. That is a personal preference. The Watershed Futa Stowfloat is available in Black, Blue, Coyote (Brown) and Orange.

You are looking at around £100 (Sterling) for this single bag. So what do you get? Here is what Watershed say:

Stowage and flotation – the name says it all. Float bags provide kayakers with ease of rescue if they swim, and ours give paddlers the added benefit of a place to keep dry gear. The Futa will fit in a wide range of boats, and comes with a long inflate/deflate tube so buoyancy can be adjusted easily.

The one thing that stands out with the bag when you check it out is the material is heavy duty and really feels robust. It has ripstop pattern to it and looks incredibly well put together with welded seams and barrack stitching.

Since you will be putting gear into the bag that must stay dry this is reassuring. At this point it is worth mentioning that Watershed bags are designed to be waterproof even when they are submerged. This is achieved through the interlocking rubber strips (ZipDry) at the top of the bag. They provide a very neat and relatively low profile seal.

Volume is around 13.3 litres which is plenty for a range of gear. Size wise is 91 x 47cm (tapers to 16cm). A number of straps on the bag allow you to compress the bag if required. A built in handle has also been integrated into the system allowing the bag to be easily carried when loaded up.

So initial impressions are good. We’ve got a few trips lined up over the next month or two so we will see how the Futa performs.

Movie Monday 22 May 2017

Movie Monday 22 May 2017 is here with a bang. Still not enough rain up here in the NE of England, however there has been plenty of water elsewhere in the world and lots of folks filming it!

Movie Monday 22 May 2017

It may be time to hit the surf. These edits got me through the weekend. Check them out and please share via your social media channel of choice.

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Thuli Spirit

The Rivers of Nepal have long enchanted my imagination. The adventures they provide seem endless. As we progress in life we sort after new challenges. Dreams lay plans like eggs waiting to hatch. The idea of Soloing a longer river has captured my imagination for sometime now.

Thuli Spirit

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Movie Monday 15 May 2017

It’s Movie Monday 15 May 2017 at Unsponsored HQ.

Movie Monday 15 May 2017

When will the rains come?

Were you out paddling at the weekend? Did you take some footage? If so send it our way. It might appear in next weeks Movie Monday.

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Liquidlogic Delta V – New Kayak

We’ve posted quite a bit on this new kayak (and here) having seen it appear in number of videos lately. We now have more detail following the official announcement from Liquidlogic today. The boat has been designed by Pat Keller and has a number of new features including the turbo boosters!

Liquidlogic Delta V - New Kayak

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Movie Monday 8 May 2017

It’s time for Movie Monday 8 May 2017. We have a dozen whitewater edit for you you to start off the working week. It’s been incredibly dry over the last month or so here in the NE of England. Not enough water!

Movie Monday 8 May 2017

When will the rains come?

Were you out paddling at the weekend? Did you take some footage? If so send it our way. It might appear in next weeks Movie Monday.

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Don’t Leave Home Without It

Don’t Leave Home Without It – that is your breakdown (split) paddle.

Don't Leave Home Without It

Chris Wing from H20 Dreams shows us a great way to store your breakdown paddle system within your kayak. It’s pretty neat.

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Movie Monday 1 May 2017

Welcome to Movie Monday 1 May 2017. We’ve got plenty for you to go at today. New Old School, stouts, big falls and big water.

Movie Monday 1 May 2017

Enjoy!

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Pyranha US Tour 2017

The Pyranha US Tour 2017 dates have been released and are as follows:

Pyranha US Tour 2017

From Pyranha:

Team Pyranha is back on the road! I (David Fusilli) will be rocking the West while D Eric Dill (Big D) and company will be holding it down on the East coast. I know this is a bit cocky, but right now we have the best boats in the business and NEW OUTFITTING! Softer/bigger hip pads and stout new thigh braces to go with it. The year of the Angry Fish is upon us! Thanks for all your love and support.

Getting Water Out Of My Paddle

It is possible to get water inside your paddle. This can happen when there is a break in the seal on one of joints and water finds its way in or if a blade has been damaged/punctured. There are a number of solutions for “getting water out of my paddle” ranging from the simple to the extreme.

Getting Water Out Of My Paddle

In most cases if water is a problem then it would have found its way into the paddle shaft. However some paddle blades have a hollow or foam core. If punctured a hole can be created that allows the blade to also take on water.

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Love Water Sports Abroad? Here’s 6 Things To Remember

People go abroad for all sorts of reasons – to relax in the sun, to work, or to ski on the slopes, for example. Some people travel for adventure – and seas, lakes and rivers provide plenty of activities for those who love spending time on the water. Canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, surfing, sailing, diving, windsurfing, and traditional swimming.

The options are endless.

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Movie Monday 24 April 2017

Welcome to Movie Monday 24 April 2017 at Unsponsored. We have 12 movies for you to check out today.

Movie Monday 24 April 2017

Enjoy!

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