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Palm Seti Top – Review

We’ve been using a Palm Equipment Seti top here at Unsponsored HQ for over 12 months. It has been put to use both on and off the water.

Palm Seti Top - Review

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Sweet Protection Strutter 2019 – First Look

Here it is a Sweet Protection Strutter 2019. These things won’t be out until well into 2019 but we have one right here at Unsponsored to check out, wear, use and review with the help of North East Kayaks and Paddles.

Sweet Protection Strutter 2019

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Senders – Paddle Expo 2018

Senders do Paddle Expo 2018.

Senders - Paddle Expo 2018

Awesome couple of days at Paddle EXPO 2018!

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Movie Monday 15 October 2018

Welcome to Movie Monday 15 October 2018 here at Unsponsored.

Movie Monday 15 October 2018


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Peak UK River Wrap PFD

There have been a number of new PFDs on show at Paddle Expo 2018 and Peak UK have the new River Wrap PFD. This really stands out as a pretty innovative design.

Peak UK River Wrap PFD

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Student Guide – Swimming In Moving Water

With the Tyne Tour coming up very shortly I thought it might be a good idea to release the next article in the student guide series. Although a student guide it is applicable to anyone who may be starting to make the move onto moving water.

From time to time this will happen and is far more common than even the great boaters like to admit. Capsizing and swimming is what helps us all get better, it’s part of the learning curve no matter what level of the sport you are currently at.

Student Guide - Swimming In Moving Water

There are two main goals if you find yourself in the water. The first is to stay safe whilst in the water and second is to get out of the water.

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World First Aid Day

It is World First Aid day, so it seems an appropriate time for the superb Dirty First Aid series.

We all love to kayak, sure. It has some things we love and some we hate. First Aid often becomes the elephant in the room.

When was the last time you or your peers did a course or a workshop? Do you keep ‘up to speed’ on developments?

In this series I am pleased to offer a ‘dirty’ First Aid approach. This is suited to kayakers and river users. Using a ‘find it fix it’ approach to incident care and management.

Dirty First Aid - The Series

This first article will lay the foundations of rapid emergency aid. It’s a simple approach that a basic personal First Aid kit and things carried on you can deal with. Now is not the time to discuss what you should or should not carry in your kit. Read the series and make your own mind up.

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Movie Monday 27 August 2018

Welcome to Movie Monday 27 August 2018 at Unsponsored. We have a carefully selected bunch of video edits for you to check out.


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Social Media Saturday 18 August 2018

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 18 August 2018 here at Unsponsored HQ.


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Gul Saco Dry Top – First Look

If you were to take a quick look at the new Gul Saco dry top you could mistake it to be from another well known manufacturer. This is definitely a good thing! Gul aren’t strangers to the world of watersports but dedicated high end kayaking gear has been missing over the years.

Gul Saco Dry Top

The Saco dry top in conjunction with a number of other other new designs is set to change this.

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Social Media Saturday – 28 July 2018

Welcomme to Social Media Saturday – 28 July 2018 at Unsponsored HQ. Enjoy!

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Getting The Best From A GoPro – Part 1 Head Cam

Check out the first in a series of GoPro posts by Simon Wyndham

With video production and video & film technology journalism being my main professions in life (I’m currently the deputy editor of RedShark News if you’re interested) I am quite often asked how to get the best from cameras, and how best to edit. To quote Anthony Hopkins as the elder Zorro, this is going to take a lot of work!

Okay maybe not a huge amount, but effort will be involved. I’m mainly going to talk about the GoPro cameras, particularly the Black Edition from version 5 onwards, with a focus on the 6, because frankly these are the best on the market no matter what’s the on-paper specifications of rival cameras tell you. Paper specs only tell you half the story. I know there are alternatives such as the Yi 4K cameras. But those have limitations such as the LCD screen being completely impossible to view in daylight. And if you are going to get varied shots, having a screen that you can actually see is important!

The GoPro Hero 6 Black has a huge and varied set of settings that can be adjusted, and an extremely comprehensive number of frame rates and resolutions. So much so that to the technically uninitiated it can be completely befuddling.

Having said that, much of what I say here is still quite highly transferable to other makes. Mainly because making good video is down to how you use the camera rather than the features it has. But… And there is always a but, the settings you use will still have a big influence if you know how to use them.

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