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9 Tips To Make Your Drysuit Last Longer

Adrian Mattern has 9 tips to make your drysuit last longer.

9 tips to make your drysuit last longer
9 tips to make your drysuit last longer

I have been abusing drysuits for so many years now that I figured out a few key points which- if you take SOME care about, will maximize the lifetime of your drysuit by a lot! I have realized that just by taking a few caretaking steps there is absolutely no need to get a new drysuit every single season or so.

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Nookie Hornet Throwline – Review

A throwline is a must have piece of equipment for all kayakers and canoeists. We have had a Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline 8mm (9kN) in for review at Unsponsored for quite a few months. We are pretty familiar with Nookie’s Throwlines having owned and used quite a few over the last 30+ years of paddling.

Nookie Hornet Throwline - Review
Nookie Hornet Throwline – Review
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Palm Equipment Ace PFD

Palm Equipment’s Ace PFD is now available.

Palm Equipment Ace PFD
Palm Equipment Ace PFD – Cobalt + Ocean
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Movie Monday 10 June 2019

Welcome to Movie Monday 10 June 2019 at Unsponsored. We’ve got a stack of edit for you to check out this week.

Movie Monday 10 June 2019

Enjoy!

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YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

These new YKK Aquaseal zips look awesome. 

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Palm Accessories At PADDLEexpo 2018

Palm have a range of new gear for 2019.  

Check them out. 

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Unsponsored Q&A – Escape Watersports

Who are Escape Watersports?

Escape Watersports was the result of many years working and playing within the watersports industry. We employ real people, who are able to call upon their experiences and provide the best advice possible.

Unsponsored Q&A - Escape Watersports

Founded in 2011, our mission right from the off was to offer online customers the same high quality service that they had come to expect when visiting a traditional watersports shop in person.

Fast forward to 2018, we are supplying watersports enthusiasts all over Europe with their favourite clothing and equipment.

Our warehouses and showroom are located just a couple of miles from Porthcawl, on the South Wales coastline. We’re lucky to have the beach on our doorstep, as well as some of the UK’s best white water runs just round the corner. We work hard, but we play hard too!

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Festive Gift Guide

A great deal of outdoor equipment passes through the halls of Unsponsored HQ. Some great, some good and some not so good. As we get closer to the 25th of December it has now become a little bit of tradition (and to save me answering loads of “What should I get ….. for Christmas, they have just got into kayaking/canoeing/SUP?” type questions via email) to put together a list of gear for our Festive Gift Guide that paddlers and general outdoors type folk might appreciate as presents at Christmas time.

Present Ideas For Paddlers 2017

So here it is.

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Palm Equipment Arun Baselayer – Review

Palm Equipment’s new Arun Baselayer arrived at Unsponsored HQ in May 2015 and has been used on a regular basis since.

The Arun is part of Palm’s new 3 layer system and is available for both men and women. Both retail at £29.95.

From Palm:

Core 1 baselayers use Channel Flow technology to rapidly draw water away from your skin‚ helping to keep you dry‚ warm‚ and comfortable. Made from soft‚ supple polyester‚ with ActiveSeam stitching‚ the Arun moves and stretches as you do‚ for a new level of layering comfort.

Arun-Baselayer

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Sweet Protection Intergalactic 2016

We’ve been running the newest Sweet Protection Intergalactic drysuit for a year after running version 1 for just over a year. It’s now time for some feedback.

First and foremost this is an expensive suit at around £900. It must therefore function at the very highest level to payback some of those pennies.

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Reader’s Rides – Chris Macdonald

Who are you?

My name is Chris Macdonald, I was born in York, lived in Italy for a few years, went to boarding school in North Wales and now I’m a student in Falmouth. I’m studying a BTEC in water sports at Falmouth Marine School so doing that and kayaking I spend loads of time in the water!

Readers Rides - Chris Macdonald

Where are you based?

I’m currently living in Falmouth and live about 1 minute walk away from the sea that helps with the paddling! I travel all around the south west paddling on rivers such as the Tavy and the Dart every now and then. Most weekends I’m at Cardiff to paddle at the white water course there.

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Reader’s Rides 2016 – Ed Kingham

Readers Rides 2016 - Ed Kingham
Name: Ed Kingham

Location:

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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