Team Unsponsored have been using Astrals’s great footwear since they were launched a couple of years back. The Brewer in particular are a firm favourite. All of our current Astral shoes have the Stealth rubber sole from Five Ten.
We’ve have a new Vertical Element four piece breakdown paddle here at Unsponsored HQ for review. Vertical Element are a UK based company who design and manufacture their own custom whitewater and recreational paddles.
I reckon that if you need to use a set of breakdown paddles when on a river trip the chances are something epic has occurred, and in situations like this I would want a set of breakdowns that were at least as good as the set I had lost or broke.
The Chelan Gorge in Washington looks like a seriously fun run. Plenty of nice drops, rock slides and places to watch the carnage.
The 0.4 mile long gorge is grade V-V+ with the crux move being Final Plunge at Entrance Exam.