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Category: PFDs (page 1 of 6)

New Palm Equipment PFD

When I first saw Paul’s photo (below) I initially thought that the PFD looked like a FX or FX R in a funky new colour. But there is clearly a different zip and an additional zipped side pocket.

New Palm Equipment PFD

The jacket looks new as well!

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NRS Zen Rescue PFD 2018

The NRS Zen Rescue PFD is a low-profile rescue jacket with all the features essential to assist guides and experienced paddlers in a swiftwater rescue situation. Modeled after the popular NRS Ninja PFD, the low-profile design of the Zen allows unrestricted range of motion.

NRS Zen Rescue PFD

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Wear Your Life Jacket Dooood

Wear Your Life Jacket Dooood – a public service announcement from Bren Orton.

Wear Your Life Jacket Dooood

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More 2018 Gear From Paddle Expo 2017

We have got more 2018 from Paddle Expo 2017.

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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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Peak UK River Guide Vest PFD – First Look

Last week saw a delivery of Peak UK gear at Unsponsored HQ. This included the Peak UK River Guide Vest PFD.

Peak UK River Guide Vest PFD - First Look

We first saw the new line up of gear from Peak UK bask in 2015 at the Paddle Expo in Germany. To say we were impressed was on understatement. One of the designs on display was an updated version of the very popular River Guide vest, and it is this very item that we have in for review at the moment.

Peak UK River Guide Vest PFD - First Look

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Astral Greenjacket LE9

The limited edition Astral Greenjacket PFDs are always worth seeing, but this Astral Greenjacket LE9 in my opinion is the best yet.

Astral Greenjacket LE9

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Yak High Back 60N – First Look

We first saw the Yak High Back 60N last year at Paddle Expo 2015, since then the initial concept has been developed and has gone into production.

Yak High Back 60N

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Peak UK Racer ST

A couple of weeks ago Peak UK announced their release of the new Racer ST line of PFD/Top Deck all in one combos. They have since release the following info and video. Check it out.

Peak UK Racer ST

The new Racer ST is a unique and ground breaking three-in-one garment that combines a paddling jacket with spray deck and buoyancy aid for the ultimate streamlined performance. The Racer ST holds around 30 percent of it’s flotation in its spraydeck, meaning now there’s less than 20mm of flotation foam on the athlete’s body.

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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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Peak UK Racer ST – First Look

Peak UK have launched their new Racer ST. This revolutionary garment was four years in development and collaboration between Peak UK, British Canoeing and the English Institute of Sport.

Peak UK Racer ST - First Look

The Racer ST combines a cag, deck and PFD into one single piece of gear. We’ve seen and used cag decks (top decks)from Peak UK in the past and they have been a firm favourite at Unsponsored HQ, but adding the PFD element takes this to a whole new level.

The PFD/Cag/Deck combo was used by Joe Clarke, David Florence & Richard Hounslow in Rio this year.

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Glide Inflatable Waistbelt PFD

The Glide Inflatable Waistbelt PFD from Palm Equipment is designed for users such as those using a SUP who don’t want to wear a conventional PFD. We had a look at the Glide PFD late last year and were pretty impressed by its design and reusability.

Glide Inflatable Waistbelt PFD

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