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Month: March 2015 (page 1 of 7)

Canadian Built Nova Craft Canoes

Nova Craft TuffStuff Testing

This is a great edit that has gone totally viral from Canadian based company Nova Craft. Since the supplies of Royalex have dried up canoe firms have been looking for a viable alternative. Nova Craft have developed a composite material called Tuffstuff which seems to be doing its job very nicely.

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Bomber Gear – Palguin Series

Team Unsponsored used Bomber Gear equipment for a number of years until they became very difficult to get hold of in the UK. It’s great to see Bomber Gear launching a new line of what looks like a range of very interesting gear.

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The Palguin Series is the most innovative line of dry wear in paddlesports history. Featuring Polartec Neoshell fabric, the Palguin series from Bomber Gear keeps you Dry 365.

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The New Vajda Boost

The Boost is Vajda’s newest composite playboat. Vajda have a strong following not only in the whitewater slalom community but also within the freestyle/playboating world and I suspect that the new boost will be a hit.

Vajda Boost

The new Vajda Boost first video from Platling was created by Peter Csonka. It really shows what can be achieved when you combine cutting edge design with composite materials.

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It’s Getting Hot In Here With Mitch Noddin

A little Tuesday AM inspiration. A superb edit from the PNW by Andrew Morrissey.

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Palm Equipment Kaituna Neoflex – First Look

I have a couple of bits of gear from Palm Equipment. The first is a Kaituna longsleeve top that I purchased last year and then there is this short sleeved version which landed at Unsponsored HQ a couple of weeks ago.

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Feel Like Falling??

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Here is my entry for the 2015 video contest at Talulah Fest. Blessed to be able to live such a fun lifestyle, kayaking is the best! Huge thanks to anyone I’ve paddled with this year or anyone who has helped me along the way. Keep charging and having a good time out there!

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France – Uganda With Mat Dumoulin

A great edit from Mat Dumoulin showing his travels from France to Uganda.

Uganda With Mat Dumoulin enjoy.

Uganda With Mat Dumoulin

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NRS Co Pilot Rescue Knife

If you are using a throw line on the river I firmly believe that you need to carry a knife capable of cutting the line you are using.

NRS Co Pilot Rescue Knife

There are two schools of thought on how a knife should be carried. The first option is to have a knife stored in such a way that it does not create a snag hazard but still remains accessible. The choices on how this can be achieved is limited and really relies on using a pocket on your PFD. The second option is to carry a knife clipped onto the outside of your PFD. By doing this you are accepting that there will be an increased snag risk but the knife will be readily accessible. The other issue with knives that are mounted on the outside of your PFD is that it should remain secure until it is required to be used. Continue reading

Expedition Inception – Ep 4

Expedition Inception

After spending an extended time in South Africa kayaking the goods, team Expedition Inception explored the rivers of Zimbabwe. With a lack of rain EI had to leave Zimbabwe and made it to the Zambezi just in time for the last day of number 11’s world class barreling wave, along with some big ass rapids.

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Featherweight

Featherweight

Some fun footage of FeatherWeight boats and crew ripping. The Feather – we designed this boat to carve hard, go big and be the most fun you have ever had in a kayak I talked with some of the best boaters in the world to find out what people wanted in a new boat. The Step Chine is a new advancement in kayak tech, borrowing from powerboat designs giving a raised rail that only engages when needed. Its a loose comfortable fit for me at 6′ size 11 with thick booties on. These boats last for years being almost infinitely repairable, making them cheaper and greener long term than plastic. That and ten times more fun, carbon boats aren’t just for pros.

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Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception (EI) is a whitewater journey from South Africa to China. The team will follow the kayaking seasons through as many countries as possible on their way to the finishing point in the Tibetan province of China.

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Palm Equipment Horizon Shorts (2015) – First Look

The new 2015 Palm Equipment Horizon shorts have just landed at Unsponsored HQ. I have a bit of time to look at them and am waiting on the warmer weather to arrived to try them out on the river. In the meantime here’s a quick run down.

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The outer short is contrasted from Nylon 200d, this is very similar to the fabrics used in dry trousers and dry tops. As they are shorts none of the seams are sealed.

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