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Apex Rebound Kayak Walkthrough

Here is 22 minutes of information about the new Carbon Fiber Rebound by Apex.

Apex Rebound Kayak Walkthrough
Apex Rebound Kayak Walkthrough

EJ’s newest freestyle design, newest construction methods and materials, and new brand all wrapped into one kayak.

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Vertical Element – Flyte Paddle

The Flyte has an aggressive catch, which rewards starting the stroke further forward but with a more gradual taper towards the neck the blade feels smoother in the later parts of the stroke. This shape has slalom inspired design DNA to its core.

This blade is made from 100% glass fibre which is pre-impregnated with toughened epoxy resin making it strong, robust and hard-wearing.

Supplied as standard with a ground glass shaft its more flexible but slightly heavier than carbon shaft. If your looking for a stiffer and lighter shaft choose the carbon version.

VE Paddles

We are big fans of VE paddles here at Unsponsored HQ. We currently have a couple sets here that are in weekly use.

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Jackson Kayak – Outfitting

Jackson Kayak Europe have been working on some new outfitting over the last few months to make boats that are lighter and stiffer.

Jackson Kayak – Outfitting

The first shot shows a prototype seat sitting on a hull stiffening plate. This was then developed and refined until the final carbon version was created.

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Composite Pyranha 12R

Everyone loves a carbon kayak, right?

Composite Pyranha 12R
Composite Pyranha 12R

Check out this 12R from Pyranha. 1 of 100.

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Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Guigui Prod and Spade Kayaks have a colab developing.

Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Check out these carbon parts including a full plate footrest and seat frame.

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Guigui Prod 2kg Saving

Guigui Prod have a carbon kit available that shaves 2kg off the weight of a boat.

The carbon based kit swaps out the plastic rail and seat for a carbon rail and foam seat.

The stiffer setup will not only allow for the drop in weight it should also improve the performance of the boat without compromising its strength.

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Soul Waterman – Proton Paddle

The Soul Waterman – Proton paddle is hitting production.

Soul Waterman - Proton Paddle

From Corran:

After some soul searching (pun intended) of our ultimate goals with the paddle line, we once more have the paddles ready to go. The biggest focus…. the main reason for delays… was making the paddles bomb proof. Like seriously strong. For this we decided to move the production to South Africa, one of the harshest environments you’ll ever find for paddling equipment. If stuff lasts here, it’ll last anywhere.

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Soul Waterman – Seven2

Corran Addison’s company Soul Waterman now officially owns Seven2 paddles. Way back when we had a few pairs of Seven2 paddles at Unsponsored HQ and were pretty impressed by them (even though they were all right handed).

Soul Waterman - Seven2

Seven 2 are back with an initial 100pc run.

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Guigui Prod Shinobi

Guigui Prod have been around for some time producing some of the best custom playboats available. Guigui Prod has released a new composite creek boat named the Shinobi. The design of the hull has come about through the collaboration of Guigui Prod and the Easy Kayak Team.

Guigui Prod Shinobi
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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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Double Dutch Paddles

Double Dutch are a paddle company who are mainly known here in the UK for their superb slalom paddles. After spending some time checking out the rest of the whitewater range at Paddle Expo 2015 I’m wondering why we don’t see more of these paddles over here.

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The whole range looks superb, a range of blade shapes made with different materials that are available on a range of shafts.

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Werner Odachi – First Look

There were a couple of sets of Werner Odachi on display last weekend at the Paddle Expo in Nuremberg. Throughout the few days I was there a constant stream of paddlers, retailers and manufacturers were checking them out.

Werner Odachi - First Look

The Odachi has been designed to fulfil the needs of the new breed of whitewater racers tackling the Sickline race and similar. The blade is some 49cm long and is symmetrical to allow for a more vertical paddle stroke.

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