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Month: May 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Palm Equipment Poncho Grande – First Look

The Palm Equipment Poncho Grande is designed to make getting changed at the beginning or end of a paddle session a little more comfortable for innocent bystanders. As well as being more comfortable for the user who is getting changed. No more slipping towels or bare backsides.

Palm Equipment Poncho Grande

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Spyderco Spydersaw – First Look

We’ve had this Spyderco Spydersaw in for a while at Unsponsored HQ. We love sharp things at Unsponsored HQ and sharp things arriving from the guys at Spyderco are always very welcome. We’ve been using various Spyderco knives both on and off the water for years and have found them to be top performers.

Spyderco Spydersaw

However this new arrival is a departure from the norm. It’s not a knife that has multiple uses, quite simply put it’s a monster of a saw with the prime purpose of cutting through tough material really quickly. Think boats, trees/branches etc.

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Legend Of The Falls

Legend of the Falls is a Corran Addisons’ video which aims to be “the definitive manual for anyone interested in either learning the basics of river running, or improving their creek boat skills”.

Legend Of The Falls

Legend of the falls proved to be a sound investment. The video is split into a number of chapters, they are; River Communication with Arnd Schaeftlein, River Grading, Safety, Equipment, Understanding Rapids, Running technique – boofing etc and a section titled Dr Throwline.

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Whetman Equipment Python 5m Uses

Rescue tapes are super useful pieces of gear and I would recommend everyone who paddles has one and knows how to use it.

Whetman Equipment Python 5m Uses

This particular one (Python 5m) is from Whetman Equipment who have taken the concept a couple of steps further. This video is also useful for those who use other brands are have made their own as it shows a multitude of ways a tape can be used.

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Movie Monday 29 May 2017

Movie Monday 29 May 2017 has landed at Unsponsored HQ.

Movie Monday 29 May 2017

Did you sign up to the Unsponsored email list? Want a chance to way some great gear? Sign up here. The next comp ends at the end of May 2017.

In the meantime check out these great edits. Enjoy!

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Durance 2017

The Durance Whitewater Sessions are back! This year the event will take place on July 8/ 9th with a big novelty: “La Grande Descente” a multi-crafts mass float from the lower Guil through Embrun on sunday…

So yes, the Durance Whitewater Sessions organized by Kayak Session magazine will take place again this year in the Durance Valley, in the southern French Alps. This event is a celebration of whitewater paddling in every form: open canoes, kayaks, whitewater standup, raft, inflatables etc.…

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Pyranha Hooker Thigh Brace Add Ons – First Look

When I was about 16/17, I bought a Pyranha S6 that had these brilliant thigh braces called ‘Hookers’ that you could adjust not only back and forward but rotating them. This allowed you to make them easier to get out by having less coverage of your leg or, in my case, give you as much connectivity in the boat as possible but covering more of your leg.

Pyranha Hooker Thigh Brace Add Ons - First Look

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A Typical Stakeout Situation

A Typical Stakeout Situation – Midway through the annual big wave tour Paul Palmer decided to put his Toyota Tacoma to the test.

A Typical Stakeout Situation

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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

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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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