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Throw Lines On A Belt – Good Or Bad?

Is having a throw line on a belt a good idea?

Throw Lines On A Belt - Good Or Bad?

Many years ago PFDs were produced with rear pockets to accommodate a throw bag. Many of those original bags were a flat envelope type and were pretty compact meaning they would fit in the PFD easily. Unfortunately they didn’t throw that well compared to cylindrical bags, had relatively short lengths of thin rope and repacking could be a nightmare. That said it was better to have one than not at all.

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Whetman Equipment 2018

Steve Whetman from Whetman Equipment won the Coolest Gear prize at this years Paddle Expo for his ever expanding range of paddling accessories.

Whetman Equipment 2018

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Predator’s New Full Face Helmet

We’ve got the scoop on Predator’s new full face helmet. This helmet as yet has no name.

Predator's New Full Face Helmet

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Palm Equipment Bolt Throwline – First Look

We have the new Palm Equipment Bolt throwline in for review at Unsponsored HQ. The Bolt is the big brother to the Lightning throwline released last year and replaces the Palm Alpine throwline.

Palm Equipment Bolt Throwline - First Look

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Sweet Protection 2018 – Full Face Rocker

If the Rocker isn’t giving you the protection you need may be the full face version is the one for you. This limited edition version is available in a metallic white and metallic red combination.

Sweet Protection 2018 - Full Face Rocker

The only true difference is the addition of the jaw guard. Materials and construction of the helmet is the same as the Rocker.

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How Not To Use A Rescue PFD

Chris Wing from H2O Dreams has launched a new series of videos (“The Flow State”) covering some important issues that all paddles may face.

How Not To Use A Rescue PFD

In this episode Chris discusses some of the utility of a rescue PFD for paddlers and the common myths of different uses.

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Sweet Protection 2018 – Rocker

A Sweet Protection Rocker has been in the Unsponsored gear bag for a number of years. Mine is nice and simple gloss white number which I really get on well with. This Sweet Protection Rocker however is a two tone metallic affair. Metallic white top and metallic red lower. Even the visor matches.

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Sweet Protection 2018 – Sweet Strutter

Sweet Protection have just shared some of their new line up with Unsponsored. This includes some new gear, design changes and some colour updates.

First up is the 2018 Sweet Strutter.

Sweet Protection 2018

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Peak UK Throwline 2017

Peak UK added a stainless steel ring to some of their throwline bags a few years ago.

Peak UK Throwline

For 2017 the range has been updated but still includes the ring. This great edit talks through the construction and setup of the 2017 throwline range.

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Extending Your Reach

Over the last few months I have had quite a few Watershed Drybags in for review. As part of the packaging the bags all come complete with two heavy duty elastic bands. If you are old enough and from the UK (may be the same in other countries too) these bands are very similar to the ones you got when you went to a public swimming pool.

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20 Years Of The Sweet Strutter Helmet

Believe it or not the Sweet Protection Strutter helmet has been around for 20 years, and 2017 marks the 20th anniversary. The Strutter was first made in 1997, that is even before Sweet protection actually existed. We’ve had at least one of the Strutter models at Unsponsored HQ from the very start.

20 Years Of The Sweet Strutter Helmet

To celebrate 20 years Sweet have released a couple of limited edition models of the Strutter. Both helmets are based around the latest iteration of the Strutter which was released in 2012. Since its first release the Strutter has significantly evolved.

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Sweet Stutter LE

This thing just looks great, the limited edition Sweet Stutter. Celebrating 20 years!

Sweet Stutter LE

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