Since buying a couple of merino tops a few years back I am completely sold on the stuff. For years I had been using Helly Hanson Lifa or Sub Zero Factor 1 thermals. All of which developed that characteristic kayaking odor.
Up until very recently my thermal base layer of choice was the Howies merino surf thermal. The merino is thin, the arms are nice and long and also include thumb loops. These are superb when your putting on your drycag or dry suit as they help prevent the sleeves rolling up. The neck is a turle neck so you get a bit of protection from latex dry cag seals. Unfortunately they stop production of these quite a few years ago and I needed to make a change simply due to wear and tear.
Now not all Merino is made equal. There are different weights and depending on the quality of the wool and what it is mixed makes for some good and some bad merino gear.
As merino gear has become more wide spread and popular I think the overall quality has gone down. Some of the initial big players don’t seem to producing gear that lasts as long as I think it should.
Sweet protection have released there new promotion video showing the new logo and range of products. Check it out.
Humans are born to play. And we have one, simple goal;
To protect people, so that they can keep playing their entire life.
We reported a few months ago that Sweet Protection had developed a new logo for 2019. As we are in next seasons launch time frame we are seeing a few more images from Sweet themselves.
What do you think?
We have a pair of the new Sweet Protection Shazam Shorts in for review at Unsponsored.
The Shazam Shorts are Sweet’s take on the classic board short but tailored specifically for the paddlesport market.
A number of trade shows are taking place ready for the outdoor season later in the year.
An eagle eyed contributor to Unsponsored has spotted that Sweet Protection are using a different “S” for their logo.
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.
The only true difference is the addition of the jaw guard. Materials and construction of the helmet is the same as the Rocker.
This thing just looks great, the limited edition Sweet Stutter. Celebrating 20 years!
The Sweet Protection Sabrosa Dry Top has landed here at Unsponsored HQ. This may well be an exclusive, it’s not even on the Sweet Protection website yet. It would be fair to say that I have been waiting sometime for Sweet to put a short sleeved paddle top into production and it’s finally here.
I think that originally the Sabrosa was not designed to be a full on dry top and was billed as a spray top. However on arrival at Unsponsored HQ it is clear the the Sabrosa is a full on short sleeve dry top. It even states it on the swing tag.
The new Sweet Protection Sabrosa spray top is something that I have been waiting for from Sweet for some time. In most of my Sweet dry top reviews I have mentioned that a short sleeve version would be a great idea and it seems Sweet have listened.
The cut and construction of their long sleeve tops and drysuits is superb so I am glad to see a short sleeve version coming to market.
This says it all. Enjoy.
It’s not just about the whitewater. Kayaking takes you to some incredible places with some amazing people.
Big THANKS to all my friends.
In the summer of 2015 the Glanz Brothers were both up in Norway, but on separate trips with different groups. This video is the summery of two very wet, cold but successful trips to the classic creeks and rivers of Norway.
Aniol Searrasolses is one of the worlds top whitewater kayakers. He has very quickly gained the admiration and respect of his peers. From my point of view Aniol is a kayakers kayaker and I am very pleased that Aniol has agreed to take part in the Unsponsored Q&A series.
How did you first get into kayaking? Who introduced you to the sport?
I got in to it because of my older brother Gerd. One day he saw a bunch of kayakers paddling in our local river and asked them to try it out. He was 14 maybe, we used to swim and play water polo back then but once we tried kayaking it was hard to keep motivated on the swimming and we would skip all the matches in order to go kayak. One day he invited me to try and I loved it.
When did you realise that kayaking could be more than just a hobby?