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Category: Helmets & Protection (page 1 of 3)

Shuck

After a few years in development Palm Equipment has revealed the Shuck helmet. I tried out a 3d printed Shuck almost two years ago but was sworn to secrecy. It took a few days to print!

Shuck

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Student Kayaker Buyers Guide 2017

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club. In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.

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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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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.

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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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Student Kayak Gear Buyers Guide 2016

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club. In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join.

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Sweet Protection Rocker 2017 – First Look

The Sweet Protection Rocker is a superb helmet, we’ve been using one here at Unsponsored HQ for the last year or so, it has taken a few knocks and has performed well.

If it isn’t broke don’t fix it!

The Sweet Protection Rocker 2017 gets some minor cosmetic changes including some new colour schemes.

Sweet Protection Rocker 2017 - First Look

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Sweet Protection Strutter LE – First Look

Believe it or not the Sweet Protection Strutter helmet has been around for almost 20 years, next year marks the 20th anniversary. We’ve had at least one of the Strutter models at Unsponsored HQ from the very start.

Sweet Protection Strutter LE - First Look

To celebrate 20 years Sweet are releasing a couple of limited edition models. First up is a new pearlescent white model with purple straps and the 20 Year logo.

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Reader’s Rides 2016 – Ed Kingham

Readers Rides 2016 - Ed Kingham
Name: Ed Kingham

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Currently studying in Swansea, but paddling more than studying at the moment. Predominantly surfing and playboating; but also sea kayaking, polo, flatwater racing and the odd section of whitewater. There is so much great paddling around here; it’s great to be able to go for a quick surf in the morning before uni.

I’ve been paddling for around ten years, although only seriously in the last few.

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Helmet Cam Safety

The BBC have carried out some research into the possibility helmet failure due to the use of a helmet cam such as a GoPro (other POV action cameras are available) during impact.

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The research is well worth a read.

Choosing The Right Helmet

Choosing the right helmet is extremely important part of getting your safety gear correct. A poorly fitting helmet may be as effective as not wearing one at all.

For any helmet it always comes down to the fit, coverage, protection offered, intended use and paddler ability.

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These factors change for each person and the best way to judge these factors is with comparisons to known entities:

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