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Pyranha Ripper – Large Specs

The specs for the large Pyranha Ripper are now live and the boat is now in production.

Pyranha Ripper - In Action

Specifications:

Pyranha Ripper - Large Specs

Mixmaster Walkthrough

Check out this Mixmaster Walkthrough with Eric Jackson.

Mixmaster Walkthrough

We’ll have one here at Unsponsored HQ very shortly for review.

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Astral Brewer 2.0 – First Look

Here we have the new Astral Brewer 2.0 in Basalt Black. These are the next step in the evolution of the Astral Brewer. Although the two versions I have look very similar in many respects the 2.0 has taken on a more rounded and developed look. It definitely looks more like a “normal” shoe than the original Astral Brewer.

Astral Brewer 2.0 - First Look

This shoe comes equipped with Astral’s proprietary super-sticky G Rubber outsole. My original pair came equipped with Five Ten’s stealth sole, however later iterations were also supplied with the super-sticky G Rubber.

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GoPro Comparison – 2018 to 2013

We haven’t updated our GoPro comparison chart for some time due to the original spreadsheet being lost somewhere within the Unsponsored archives. So last night I typed the 2015 chart back into excel and have added details for the Hero (2018), Hero6, Hero5, and Hero5 Session.

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Hercules Auto-Swivel Yoke Hanger – First Look

We have a couple of the Hercules Auto-Swivel Yoke Hangers in for review at Unsponsored. These units are designed to hold guitars but I had seen them used by Werner a few years back at PaddleExpo. If they can hold a bass guitar they can handle a paddle.

Hercules Auto-Swivel Yoke Hanger

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Pyranha 12R

It started as a joke and is now a reality. The Pyranha 12R has completed its journey through the virtual world and is now in the physical world with plastic prototypes hitting the water in the next few weeks.

Pyranha 12R

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Soul Waterman – Seven2

Corran Addison’s company Soul Waterman now officially owns Seven2 paddles. Way back when we had a few pairs of Seven2 paddles at Unsponsored HQ and were pretty impressed by them (even though they were all right handed).

Soul Waterman - Seven2

Seven 2 are back with an initial 100pc run.

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Guigui-Prod Helixir 2018 In Plastic

For 2018 Guigui-Prod have announced that the Helixir will be available in plastic. The plastic medium Helixir will be produced by EXO Kayaks of Italy.

Guigui-Prod Helixir Plastic

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Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak

Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak – learn how to outfit this slicey kayak, the Jackson kayak MixMaster.

Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak

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Silverbirch Agent 88 – Preproduction

The new Silverbirch Agent 88 is about to go into full production. Here are a few shots of the Agent 88 from the guys at Silverbirch.

Silverbirch Agent 88 - First Look

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Silverbirch Agent 88

It takes a great deal of time, effort and commitment to bring a new design to life.

Silverbirch Agent 88

The guys at Silverbirch are putting the final touches to the mould that will be used for the production Agent 88 canoe.

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Thule Wing Bar – Review Update

A change of car has forced me to seek out a new set of roofbars. I wanted the best set of roof bars for my car without going silly on the cost. This time I have went for the Thule Wing bars. I love cars that can have a set of roof bars bolted to them, either to fittings hidden within the roof or roof rails.

The new Unsponsored HQ paddle wagon/family transporter is a very sensible two litre 184bhp Skoda Octavia VRS estate. It has replaced the BMW 320d Touring shown in these images.

Thule Wing Bars

So am I still using these bars with the new car?

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