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Zet Introduces The Five

Having just been discussing the lack of new boats from ZET over the last few days it looks like they do have a new kayak for 2018. From the specifications it looks like the Five is designed to address the challenges from the new crop of short (sub 9ft) whitewater kayaks.

Zet Introduces The Five

ZET kayaks introduces the FIVE, the fifth boat in its lineup. Developed together with top paddlers and the ZET team, this new kayak brings all the components a kayaker can wish for in a boat for active moves on whitewater. FIVE is an aggressive whitewater boat, gliding nicely over waves and holes, accelerating like a demon and holding its line without any reduction in speed.

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Movie Monday 23 October 2017

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 23 October 2017.

Movie Monday 23 October 2017

We have a bumper crop of video edits for you this week. Enjoy!

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Kayaks Biggest Ever Free Prize Draw

Kayaks Biggest ever free Prize Draw with £2500 worth of gear up for grabs.

Kayaks Biggest Ever Free Prize Draw

Got to be in it to win it

http://www.northeastkayaks.co.uk/

Home Of The Viking

Home Of The Viking

Norway has been known as a kayaking Mecca for decades. The country’s whitewater was explored, pioneered and descended by a dedicated crew of local and international kayakers. They recorded their exploits in a book and passed down their knowledge to the next generation. In the summer of 2017 the Send crew embarked on a Norwegian odyssey with the aim to push hard and progress on some of the biggest and best sections of whitewater in the world.

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Pyranha 9R Vs The Machno

Team Pyranha kayaker Mark Mulrain takes a closer look at the 9R and Machno from Pyranha.

So the latest and greatest Pyranha Kayak has been released and been around for a while now, The Machno. This boat is Pyranha’s take on the latest generation of creekers. It’s faster, has a bit more edge and a more developed rocker profile than the big, round, safe-but-boring creekers of old. I think you’d see the same kind of trends in most of today’s designs.

Pyranha 9R Vs The Machno

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Pyranha Kayaks Ripper

Ben Fitzhugh paddles the new Pyranha Kayaks Ripper.

Pyranha Kayaks Ripper

Check out my first time in the brand new Pyranha Kayaks Ripper! This boat is awesome! Super fast and soooo much fun to play around in!!

I was lucky enough to get the chance to try it out at SCA Freestyle last night! THIS BOAT IS SICK!!

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Gul Watersports Napa Drysuit – First Look

Gul is a UK based company with over 50 years experience in the watersports industry. We have received a couple of bits of gear from Gul for review at Unsponsored. First up is the paddling specific Napa Drysuit.

Gul Watersports Napa Drysuit - First Look

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Movie Monday 16 October 2017

Welcome to Movie Monday 16 October 2017 here at Unsponsored. A little distraction at the start of the working week.

Movie Monday 16 October 2017

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Exo T-Rex – Review

The T-rex is the new creek boat from Italian boat manufacturer Exo kayaks. My first impression of the was that it is pretty big and has a lot of rocker. Definitely a little larger volume wise than the last two boats I owned (Toro and a Tuna). It is also a little rounder than a lot of modern designs, not fully a displacement hull but without any extremely sharp edges.

Exo T-Rex

Numbers wise it is 270cm long and 345 litres so a little shorter than a 9r or Toro with a little more volume than both. Weight wise it is surprisingly light for such a big boat coming in at pretty much bang on 21kgs. Myself I am 188cm and around 75kgs. Defiantly towards the lower end of the weight limit but didn’t feel swamped at all.

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Some Lessons Learned From A Swim

There’s something incredibly humbling about having a bad swim. Yes there’s the realizing the river’s the boss, however much control you think you are in – but more in recognizing the support from those paddlers around you – some of whom you may not have even met before.

This Saturday I took a dip on the Spillimacheen River in BC. It happens – I was due one, it’s been a couple of years. But this one was different. I’ve had other bad swims over the years, but with those, although I’ve had other paddlers around, I’ve played a part in my rescue. With this one, apart from the single act of keeping concious/breathing there was very little I could do.

Some Lessons Learned From A Swim

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Bren’s Park Jam

Come along and join in a kayak jam session at the UK’s best whitewater parks and paddle with number one UK whitewater paddler, Bren Orton.

Bren's Park Jam

It’s a chance for you and your friends to have some fun, get some pro tips, and maybe try a few of Bren’s whitewater course challenges.

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Movie Monday 9th October 2017

Welcome to Movie Monday 9th October 2017 here at Unsponsored HQ.

Movie Monday 9th October 2017

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