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Palm Equipment – Arun Thermal Baselayer Set

Palm Equipment have launched the new Arun thermal baselayer set.

Palm Equipment – Arun Thermal Baselayer Set

From Palm:

Palm’s high-performance Arun baselayers feature Channel Flow technology that draws and wicks water away, keeping you dry, warm and comfortable. Designed to move and stretch as you do, the soft and supple polyester works together with ActiveSeam stitching to provide you with a new level of layering comfort. Every detail matters, from a lifted collar and dropped rear hem in the Arun top, to a waistband key pocket in the Arun pants – Palm has got you covered. Available in men’s and women’s models.

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NRS 2016 – Part 1

NRS were well represented at Paddle Expo with a fairly sizeable stand. If you aren’t familiar with NRS stand by. They produce pretty much everything for paddle sports and now have a base in Europe. This will mean that we will be seeing a great deal more of their gear in the UK and across the rest of Europe.

Crush Watershoe:

We have had pair of the original Crush shoes here at Unsponsored HQ for quite some time and they are holding up well. For 2016 NRS has beefed up the cushioning within the insole, have toughened up the fabric around the toe/sides and have improved the traction offered by the rubber.

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Palm Core Layering 2015

Palm Core Layering gear range has been developed and expanded for 2015. We currently have a few bits of these gear for test here at Unsponsored HQ. In this edit Palm take us through the 2015 Palm Core Layering gear.

Palm Core Layering 2015

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Palm Equipment Kaituna Neoflex – First Look

I have a couple of bits of gear from Palm Equipment. The first is a Kaituna longsleeve top that I purchased last year and then there is this short sleeved version which landed at Unsponsored HQ a couple of weeks ago.


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PeakUK Thermal Rashie – Review

I’ve had my PeakUK thermal rashie for 3 years now and use it for everything. It is the ultimate thermal. I use it on it’s own under a BA when it’s hot or as a base layer when whitewater paddling. Brilliantly comfortable, fantastic cut and comfortable around the neck. It is quite long in the body for me (I’m quite short) but I find this ideal as it means I can pull it down over my bum and sit on it, meaning you don’t get that annoying bunching of layers around your waist and backband area.


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The Power of the Merino

Since buying a couple of merino tops a few months 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.

The Power of the Merino

My current kayak thermal of choice is 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. I managed to pick up two of these thermals before they stopped producing them, one of which was found new on ebay. They do come up now and again. The NBL or NBL Light are probably the closest match and are in the current range (I own a couple of these as well).

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Immersion Research K2 Union Suit – Review

Mark Mulrain kindly sent one of the new IR K2 Union Suits to try out along with the Royale spraydeck.

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