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Waka Steeze – Review

The Waka Steeze is designed as a river running play boat that you can still take out in bigger water with the addition of extra volume by adding in a pod. Two kayaks in one.

Waka Steeze - Review
Waka Steeze – Review

Here is what Waka have to say about the Steeze:

The Steeze is a boat that has been created from our passion to deliver the kayak we as paddlers most want. Our desire is to have a boat that makes kayaking even more fun whilst not having to compromise on the features that a modern-day creek boat brings when that epic run comes in.

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Verus Kayaks – Gladiator 2.0 and Hellbender

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 and Hellbender kayaks are in production and look great.

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Palm Equipment Nevis PFD – First Look

Hot on the heals of the Kokatat Hustle R is the Palm Equipment Nevis PFD. We now have one of the very first at Unsponsored HQ for review.

Palm Equipment Nevis PFD - First Look
Palm Equipment Nevis PFD – First Look

The Nevis is an over the head slab PFD with a number of features I have not seen before in a PFD.

The Nevis PFD is the culmination of research from UCLan, design by Barney Caulfield and testing worldwide by Bren Orton. At its core is the Delta Fit adjustment system. Two wings that wrap your ribs, reducing pressure on your abdomen, helping you to breathe and increasing mobility. Set-up to go in five fluid steps, with fewer buckles (including new load tested aircraft grade aluminium hardware). The Nevis has the world’s first Piggyback adjustable quick release chest harness, improving upon the latest research, so that releasing your harness doesn’t affect the fit of your PFD. The Nevis sets a new standard in fit and safety.

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Kokatat Hustle R PFD – First Look

This lichen green Kokatat Hustle R PFD arrived last week at Unsponsored HQ. It was purchased here in the UK from North East Kayak and Paddles. It also arrived with a free gift. I choose the Peak UK rescue tape.

Kokatat Hustle R PFD - First Look
Kokatat Hustle R PFD – First Look

The Hustle R is Kokatat’s latest whitewater rescue vest.

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Palm Equipment Aquires VE Paddles

Palm Equipment are excited to announce the acquisition of VE Paddles.

After personal circumstances led VE founder Stu Morris to close the doors in 2019, he sought Palm as a potential buyer and a deal was done at the end of 2019.

After personal circumstances led VE founder Stu Morris to close the doors in 2019, he sought Palm as a potential buyer and a deal was done at the end of 2019.

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Unsponsored T Shirts

Some time ago we did a range of T Shirts and Hoodies. They went down really well with even a number of UK University clubs wearing Sponsored by Unsponsored gear.

Unsponsored T Shirts
Unsponsored T Shirts

As a little experiment we have recreated some old designs, created some new designs and have placed them on Teemill.

All orders, printing and payment are handled by them. I have loads of other designs ready to go, so if this generates interest then I’ll upload more.

Check them out here.

Zet Kayaks – Custom Cross

Zet have a very special custom Cross out in the wild. Originally designed for the spring Pacific North West tour. What do you think?

Better than a mix of colours?

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Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough

The Hellbender is Verus Kayaks first full slice design, and a new addition to our 2020 lineup. This boat was born from a craving for cartwheels and a dream of a slicey boating revolution. Combining a modern hull and outfitting, with classical inspiration from the days of rodeo, this boat is your go-to fun machine. This is the perfect craft to squirt, splat and style up your local run!

Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough
Verus Kayaks Hellbender Walkthrough
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Dragorossi DRX

Dragorossi have a new boat out, the DRX. At 274cm in length it sits bang in the range required for extreme river racing.

Dragorossi DRX
Dragorossi DRX
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Level Six Quickthrow Pro

Level Six have released a brand new throw line that uses 20m of static Dyneema rope that glows in the dark.

Level Six Quickthrow Pro
Level Six Quickthrow Pro

The 3/8” 20 M rope features an 11% stretch threshold and boasts a 1700KG breaking strength. The mesh panels allow quick draining and drying, and the gusseted zipped opening system is designed to make re-packing your throw bag quick and easy.

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Exo Kayaks Party Rexy

The Exo Kayaks Party Rexy has landed. It has 20l less volume that the standard Rexy.

The Party Rexy is here! Adapted by the team at @s2s.at to make our favourite river runner even more fun by slimming down and modifying the stern!

Available only in Green/Pink (Joker).

Pre-order now via your local EXO dealership, delivery est. 10/06/20!

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Breaking Down A Rescue

Breaking Down A Rescue
Breaking Down A Rescue

Last Spring we were running the South Yuba in California, when things went a little sideways. Luckily it didn’t go worse because I was able to rope Evan out before he had to swim some gnarly rapids. In this video I decided to breakdown a few steps I took to allow me to be able to successfully get Evan out, and hopefully they will help you whenever you need to help someone out!

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