Paddling tips, tricks, news and gear reviews from an Unsponsored point of view

Day: 6 October 2013

Genes: Advanced WW Part 1 Posture/Body Form

A great video from Unsponsored’s friend Simon Westgarth. Well worth checking out all of the instructional DVDs that Simon has produced over the years. More info can be found @

Genes; Advanced WW Part 1 Posture/Body Form from Gene17 – Simon Westgarth on Vimeo.

When It All Goes Wrong

As well as making sure I have all the necessary safety kit (PFD, helmet, throw line, whistle, pin kit) I like to have a range of kit with me that can be used in emergency situations. If a trip were to turn into an epic it is possible that someone may have been injured and/or we could be stuck out in the middle of nowhere.

Therefore my kit centres around three key elements/purposes:

I like to carry a range of kit that will help keep me and/or my paddling buddies warm and offer a little shelter.
If someone gets injured I’d like to go someway to help patch him or her up.
I’d like to ensure that morale stays high.

I have to weigh all of these needs against what is practically possible and the weight I can actually carry in my boat. Regardless this kit needs to be carried in my boat or on my person and needs to be kept dry. I am currently using an Exped Cloudburst dry sack for the bulk of the emergency kit that I carry. It is based around a traditional roll top dry bag but it has straps so that it can be used as a rucksack. It has a volume of 15 litres which means it is big enough to hold the essentials but will still fit in the back of my Liquid Logic Stomper.

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Latest Hammock Underquilt

It has been a while since I last made an under quilt so I was delighted with how this one has turned out.

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Long, Wet & Fast

First time in a tandem kayak. Dryway here we come!

Long, Wet & Fast from Rob Schafsteck on Vimeo.

Alpkit Manta Review

I’m a big fan of Alpkit and the kit they produce. Who knows how many Alpkit stuff sacks and dry bags I own! However they do produce so much more. The boys and girls at Alpkit have kindly sent a Manta headtorch over for me to check out.

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The timing on this is excellent as it arrived (lovingly packaged) just in time for an overnight bikepacking trip.

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The headlamp was packed away in my camelback until I was at my overnight camp. I used the red LEDs for light to maintain my night vision. The coverage by these small red lights was superb and I could easily move around camp without doing myself a mischief.

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The Rise of Johnny Chase

The Rise of Johnny Chase from John chase on Vimeo.

Rap up of my last three years kayaking also my first three years! Thank you everyone out there that helped me get the where i am! Rockin The jefe grande! Well here it is! let me know what ya think!

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GoPro hero 2
cannon 7d
cannon 60d

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