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

Month: June 2015 (Page 1 of 3)

Haglofs Ace

The Haglofs Ace is a bit of an allrounder and has been used at Unsponsored HQ for a number of years for both walking and mountain biking duties.



In this case it’s a 12l pack (medium). First it is hydration compatible (up to 3l) and this one have been used extensively for the last few years with an Osprey bladder. But there is also the possibility of carrying a couple of 1l water bottles in each of the two side pockets, one is located on each side of the pack. The hip belt can be tucked away inside of the pack (as seen above) which is a feature that Unsponsored Girl approves of as the she is not a big fan of belts on packs.

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TV2 Norway – Kayaking Accident Story

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In July 2014 Josh Neilson was kayaking with friends in Norway near Sjoa. After 5 of his crew paddled ‘Matzes Drop’ it was his turn. After a good entry the nose of his kayak was thrust into the air and caused him to fly through the air and land at the bottom in an undesirable way. At the moment of impact he broke his back and had to be flown to Lillehammer hospital and then on to Elverum for surgery. One year of rehab later and he returns to Voss in Norway for Ekstremsportveko and to go kayaking. This is the story by TV2 on his accident and return to kayaking.

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Everybody Swims

We are all in between swims.

Everybody Swims
Raven Fork ran the other day and with 730 feet per mile comes a whole lot of class 5 and the sketch involved in it.

With a good crew and the right equipment this risk can be mitigated but it still doesn’t remove the chances of something happening.

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ZET 2015

A very nicely put together edit from Honza Lasko. The footage chasing down the gorge is superb.

Zet 2015

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The Hole That Ate Chicago

The Hole That Ate Chicago

Kayaking The Hole That Ate Chicago on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in Northern BC.

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Colorado 2015

Colorado 2015

This summer we spent 23 days in Colorado from mid May through early June. We arrived to a couple weeks of low flows, but the snow eventually started melting and we managed to get on 14 different rivers and creeks.

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Tyne Tour – 2015

Tickets for this year’s Tyne Tour are now available. Come join one of Europe’s largest mass participation kayak/canoe events.

Tyne Tour - 2015

The new website is now live.

Ace Of Spades – First Look

This week a freshly wrapped Ace of Spades kayak from Spade Kayaks arrived from Austria via UK distributers System X.

Ace Of Spades - First Look

A big thanks to Kev at Northshore Watersports for handling the delivery.


There has been a few pieces of information about the Ace of Spades, including posts on this site, but there hasn’t been much in the way of detailed images. Hopefully this post will help to put this right.

The Ace of Spades is a blown moulded displacement hull kayak. It has the features that you would expect to see in any whitewater boat – adjustable outfitting, full plate footrest, multiple grab handles, drain bung etc… but many have been executed in a creative way.

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BOOF SISTERS – Summer Teaser 2

The Boof sisters are at it again. Great OC1 canoe action from across the pond.

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On the road again.

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GoPro Button Mod – Sugru

Have you ever got tired of not reaching your gopro on your kayak or want to place it further away to get more landscape shooting? I came up with this solution that works perfectly for me.

I came up with this idea because I got tired of killing the battery time using the gopro remote control or my smartphone. With this button I now easily can use my paddle as a remote simply by pressing the button with my paddle.

GoPro Button Mod

All you need is a good cleaning of the button, some Sugru that by the way also works great for making nose clips and drip edges on your paddle.

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Sesia Gorge – Entry Rapid

A great edit from the Kayaking Company – Canoeing Ireland Level 5 assessment, Sesia Gorge, Italy 2015. Sesia Gorge – Entry Rapid.

Sesia Gorge - Entry Rapid

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Northern Territory – Langstrath Beck

In April 2009 Nathan Butler and Martyn Sollars embarked on journey across the United Stated of America. Nathan invested in the ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’. This book became the bible, a tick list by default – It featured handpicked paddlers sharing their experiences of each river and stating why it is a classic.


The book was by no means a guidebook, but suggestions made by accomplished and proven pioneers of the sport. Contributors to the Northern Territory project haven’t got the reputation or world titles as featured in ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’, but do share the same desire and passion for the sport.

Over the next few weeks Unsponsored will be sharing Nathan’s thoughts and comments on some of the many whitewater classics in Northern Britain.

From Nathan:

Although this UK Northern Territory series doesn’t cover the vast range of rivers the ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’ edition does I hope it details those that are worthy of exposure, a mixture of known classics and lesser known sections of whitewater that are carefully selected as not to dilute an abundance of excellent whitewater found in Northern Britain. We hope this works best and gives you the same excitement and is as helpful and as fun to experience as it was for us to produce.

Enjoy and Happy Hucking!

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