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Peak UK Rescue Tape

Peak UK have released their own version of the rescue tape.  This bright yellow 5m long tape is constructed from 20mm tubular tape.

Peak UK Rescue Tape
5m of rescue tape
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YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

These new YKK Aquaseal zips look awesome. 

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How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

In this video Aquabatics Calgary Ltd cover the setup, basic execution and key points of rescuing a swimmer with a throwbag.

How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

The video assumes you have some knowledge of what a throwbag is and you have a basic idea of how to go about throwing the bag.

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What Has Chris Got In His PFD?

What has Chris got in his PFD?

What Has Chris Got In His PFD?
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Boat History – Update

Having had a bit of kayak geekness with Darren Clarkson-King on Facebook I was pondering over the boats that I have owned since I started paddling at the age of 11. Boat History – Update.

From 1985+:

Fibreglass Gen Purpose – Unknown make/model
Ace Swing
Prijon T Canyon
Eskimo Gambler
Pyranha Microbat 230
Prijon Avenger
Dagger Vertigo
Riot Glide (surf seat)
Necky Gliss
Riot Disco (surf seat)
Prijon Delirious
Prijon Delirium
Prijon Release
Liquid Logic Vision 56
Pyranha 4Twenty
Liquid Logic Ronin 59
Madriver Legend 15
Liquid Logic Biscuit 65
Wavesport Recon 93
Riot Glide (surf seat)
Pyranha Jed
Eskimo Topo Duo
Liquid Logic Stomper
Liquid Logic Flying Squirrel

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Swimming In Moving Water With Chris Brain

If you spend time on or around water at some point you will take a swim.  Check out this great edit form Chris Brain and the guys from Palm Equipment on how to do it right.

Now this doesn’t mean that Chris swims a lot, simply that Chris knows the right way to do it.

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To Throw Or Not To Throw?

Let’s talk safety – To throw or not to throw? 

Nouria Newman posted this question on FB a few days ago.

When someone gets stuck in a hole it’s always a tough call. Do you throw them a line or not?

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Palm Accessories At PADDLEexpo 2018

Palm have a range of new gear for 2019.  

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Custom Dagger Green Boat 2018

Custom Dagger Green Boat

As a part of our celebration of the 23rd annual Green Race, and to raise money for the Green Race Conservation Project, Dagger Kayaks is “guessing” off this custom Dagger Green Boat tonight at The Salvage Station in Asheville, NC.

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Arcteryx Beta LT – Review

I stumbled across the brand Arcteryx a few years ago before they really hit the UK. I was after a lightweight insulated jacket that wasn’t filled with down so ended up with the Atom LT. I was so impressed with the fit of the Atom LT that I have since managed to create quite a collection of Arcteryx kit. The one thing that was missing was a hardshell. I had been trying to make a decision between an Alpha LT and Alpha SV for months. It didn’t help not having a store locally that actually stocked Arcteryx.

Arcteryx Beta LT - Review

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Palm Seti Top – Review

We’ve been using a Palm Equipment Seti top here at Unsponsored HQ for over 12 months. It has been put to use both on and off the water.

Palm Seti Top - Review

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Merino Base Layers For Paddling

Since buying a couple of merino tops a few years back I am completely sold on the stuff. For years I had been using Helly Hanson Lifa or Sub Zero Factor 1 thermals. All of which developed that characteristic kayaking odor.

Up until very recently my thermal base layer of choice was the Howies merino surf thermal. The merino is thin, the arms are nice and long and also include thumb loops. These are superb when your putting on your drycag or dry suit as they help prevent the sleeves rolling up. The neck is a turle neck so you get a bit of protection from latex dry cag seals. Unfortunately they stop production of these quite a few years ago and I needed to make a change simply due to wear and tear.

Now not all Merino is made equal. There are different weights and depending on the quality of the wool and what it is mixed makes for some good and some bad merino gear.

As merino gear has become more wide spread and popular I think the overall quality has gone down. Some of the initial big players don’t seem to producing gear that lasts as long as I think it should.

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