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

Month: May 2020 (Page 1 of 3)

Social Media Saturday 30 May 2020

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 30 May 2020 at Unsponsored. Just a little bit later than usual.

Social Media Saturday 30 May 2020

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How To Get Out Of A Sticky Hole

Seth Asworth has a great Youtube channel that is definitely worth checking out.

How To Get Out Of A Sticky Hole
How To Get Out Of A Sticky Hole

In this series of two videos he shows how to get out of a sticky hole.

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Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair

Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair
Wahoo Kickr 18 Repair

I have had Wahoo turbo trainers for the last few years. The first being the Kickr Snap which worked well but its resistance would fluctuate quite a bit depending on tyre pressure and air temperature.

I decided in January 2019 to get a wheel off Kickr 18 as I really like riding on Zwift and the wheel off meant that I could almost fit and forget.

Within a couple of weeks the unit began to display the clunking and clicking that many units had suffered. The flywheel was also running with a bit of a wobble. A replacement arrived a few days after raising a support ticket and submitting a short video of the issue.

I have been using that replacement ever since and have covered almost 2000km on it for almost the last year and a half.

Last week it started to make a few slight noises that I didn’t like the sound of and a vibration could be detected through the pedals. The noise was a slight click and a rubbing/squeal from the belt drive. The squeal was noticeable when the flywheel was coming to a stop.

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20 Years Of Sweet Protection

We are big fans of Sweet Protection at Unsponsored and have been since the early days and first iteration of the Sweet Strutter helmet.

The year is 1988. Skateboarding is still prohibited in Norway, and the Sweet mantra was just manifested in a school paper. The Sweet Protection story started in Trysil, a mountain village in Østerdalen, Norway… Fast forward to May 24th, 2000, the company was founded by a group of keen kayakers, skiers/snowboarders and mountain bikers missing the proper protection to push even harder at their sport. Now, twenty years later, Sweet Protection celebrates 20 years. 20 years in love with the rivers, waterfalls, mountains and forests – the playgrounds for which the brand has made it their mission to make the best possible products.

Sweet Protection

Palm Equipment Aquires VE Paddles

Palm Equipment are excited to announce the acquisition of VE Paddles.

After personal circumstances led VE founder Stu Morris to close the doors in 2019, he sought Palm as a potential buyer and a deal was done at the end of 2019.

After personal circumstances led VE founder Stu Morris to close the doors in 2019, he sought Palm as a potential buyer and a deal was done at the end of 2019.

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Movie Monday 25 May 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 25 May 2020 at Unsponsored. We got a fine selection of edits for you from around the globe.

Movie Monday 25 May 2020

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Unsponsored T Shirts

Some time ago we did a range of T Shirts and Hoodies. They went down really well with even a number of UK University clubs wearing Sponsored by Unsponsored gear.

Unsponsored T Shirts
Unsponsored T Shirts

As a little experiment we have recreated some old designs, created some new designs and have placed them on Teemill.

All orders, printing and payment are handled by them. I have loads of other designs ready to go, so if this generates interest then I’ll upload more.

Check them out here.

Social Media Saturday 23 May 2020

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 23 May 2020 at Unsponsored. We reckon this one is a corker.

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Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How To Front Loop

Theo Baker has put together this great tutorial on how to front loop on flatwater. Check it out.

Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How to Front Loop
Flatwater Freestyle Kayaking Tutorial: How to Front Loop
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The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health

How are you? No really, how are you? It’s Mental Health Awareness Week so let’s talk! We’re all navigating the rapids of life and they seem to be a little more challenging that usual at the moment. As we slowly and tentatively go back to the water, let’s take time to consider how paddling draws parallels with health and wellbeing.

Connection to other people and to nature can vastly improve our mental health through enjoying positive shared experiences, providing emotional support and finding a sense of belonging. Paddling is a social sport: Whether this is participating in a club night, gathering for a post-paddle pint (or cuppa!) or conversations in an eddy at the local play spot. Also consider your connection to nature on your journey: The flow of the river, magnificent geology in secluded gorges, seeing otters and birds and passing by autumnal trees in all their glory. On more difficult water we often miss these things as we are caught up in moments of fear and uncertainty so it’s important to grab that next eddy and catch a breather. Sound familiar? When life is chaotic and those anxiety, stress and tiredness levels rise, give yourself a break, catch that eddy, pause, you deserve a break.

The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health
The River Of Life: Parallels Of Paddling And Mental Health
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Movie Monday – Evan Garcia Special

Movie Monday and an Evan Garcia Special at Unsponsored. We hope you enjoy the selection.

Evan Garcia Special
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Zet Kayaks – Custom Cross

Zet have a very special custom Cross out in the wild. Originally designed for the spring Pacific North West tour. What do you think?

Better than a mix of colours?

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