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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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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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Don’t Leave Home Without It

Don’t Leave Home Without It – that is your breakdown (split) paddle.

Don't Leave Home Without It

Chris Wing from H20 Dreams shows us a great way to store your breakdown paddle system within your kayak. It’s pretty neat.

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