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Month: October 2017 (page 1 of 3)

From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

Before 2014, I’d only seen a Pyranha Spanish Fly and a Big Dog OC1 on the rivers around Scotland. They looked weird and I didn’t like the idea of swamping and kneeling when I could have a comfy kayak seat and a spraydeck. After stumbling across a group of OC1ers in Glen Etive one New Year’s Eve, I really had my eyes opened to the C-boat world, albeit a rather mad one! After enjoying open canoeing for the past few years and becoming impartial to the single blade, I’ve recently decided to take the plunge with a Silverbirch Covert 9.3.

From Skirt To Covert – Going Deckless In An OC1

This is what I think of it so far…

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Movie Monday 30 October 2017

Welcome to Movie Monday 30 October 2017 at Unsponsored HQ.

Movie Monday 30 October 2017

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Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

Why they are called thighhooks not kneehooks

The concept is that when rolling, riverrunning, or playboating (cartwheels, stern squirts, etc.) The upper body leads and rotates the lower at the hips.

Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

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Throw Lines On A Belt – Good Or Bad?

Is having a throw line on a belt a good idea?

Throw Lines On A Belt - Good Or Bad?

Many years ago PFDs were produced with rear pockets to accommodate a throw bag. Many of those original bags were a flat envelope type and were pretty compact meaning they would fit in the PFD easily. Unfortunately they didn’t throw that well compared to cylindrical bags, had relatively short lengths of thin rope and repacking could be a nightmare. That said it was better to have one than not at all.

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Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper Vs Soul Gonzo

Fancy a slicey river running play machine? Her is quick run down of the specifications of a number of the slicey kayaks out there. Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper Vs Soul Gonzo Vs …..

Liquidlogic Party Braap

Dagger Axiom Vs Jackson AntiX Vs Liquidlogic Braap Vs Pyranha Ripper

Length 271.8cm
Width 62.2cm
Weight 20kg
Volume 253.6l
Paddler Weight 45 – 100kg

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Avenger 9X (A9X) Composite Creek Boat

Steve Muir has created this superb Avenger 9X (A9X) composite creek boat.

Avenger 9X (A9X) Composite Creek Boat

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Pyranha 9R Vs Zet FIVE Vs Dagger Phantom Vs Waka Gangsta Vs Jackson Kayak Nirvana vs Titan Rival

By request here is a quick run down of the specifications of the sub 9ft category whitewater race kayaks – Pyranha 9R Vs Zet FIVE Vs Dagger Phantom Vs Waka Gangsta Vs Jackson Kayak Nirvana vs Titan Rival.

THE Dagger Phantom

Length 271cm
Width 68cm
Height 37cm
Weight 23kg
Paddler Wt Range 66-116kg

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GoPro Hero5 Black Vs GoPro Hero6 Black

Is it time to upgrade from the GoPro Hero5 Black Edition to the GoPro Hero6 Black Edition?

The GoPro Hero6 Black edition was released earlier this month and many of you out there are probably wondering whether or not it is worth upgrading from the GoPro Hero5 Black.

GoPro Hero5 Black Vs GoPro Hero6 Black

There are now three cameras on the current GoPro line up, the Hero6, the Hero5 and the Hero5 Session with the fourth 360 enabled Fusion camera landing shortly.

As you might expect the new Hero6 has the most and best features of the three currently available GoPro cameras.

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Zet Introduces The Five

Having just been discussing the lack of new boats from ZET over the last few days it looks like they do have a new kayak for 2018. From the specifications it looks like the Five is designed to address the challenges from the new crop of short (sub 9ft) whitewater kayaks.

Zet Introduces The Five

ZET kayaks introduces the FIVE, the fifth boat in its lineup. Developed together with top paddlers and the ZET team, this new kayak brings all the components a kayaker can wish for in a boat for active moves on whitewater. FIVE is an aggressive whitewater boat, gliding nicely over waves and holes, accelerating like a demon and holding its line without any reduction in speed.

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Movie Monday 23 October 2017

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 23 October 2017.

Movie Monday 23 October 2017

We have a bumper crop of video edits for you this week. Enjoy!

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Kayaks Biggest Ever Free Prize Draw

Kayaks Biggest ever free Prize Draw with £2500 worth of gear up for grabs.

Kayaks Biggest Ever Free Prize Draw

Got to be in it to win it

http://www.northeastkayaks.co.uk/

Home Of The Viking

Home Of The Viking

Norway has been known as a kayaking Mecca for decades. The country’s whitewater was explored, pioneered and descended by a dedicated crew of local and international kayakers. They recorded their exploits in a book and passed down their knowledge to the next generation. In the summer of 2017 the Send crew embarked on a Norwegian odyssey with the aim to push hard and progress on some of the biggest and best sections of whitewater in the world.

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