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Palm Side Swing HMS Karabiner – First Look

The Palm Side swing HMS Karabiner looks like a fairly conventional karabiner that has had some weight shaved off and a trick anodised colour applied. I thought exactly this when it landed here at Unsponsored HQ.

Palm Side Swing HMS Karabiner - First Look
Palm Side Swing HMS Karabiner – First Look

I didn’t even look at the name, as it was obscured by the paperwork, before removing the karabiner from its display card and checking out the gate action.

Palm Side Swing HMS Karabiner – First Look
Palm Side Swing HMS Karabiner – First Look

When you pick up a karabiner it is compulsory to test out the gate action. That is the point that I realised the Palm side swing karabiner was a little bit different.

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Ottilie Robinson-Shaw Joins The C1 Conversions Team

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw Joins The C1 Conversions Team
Ottilie Robinson-Shaw Joins The C1 Conversions Team

I’m pleased to welcome Ottilie Robinson-Shaw to The C1 Kayak Conversions Team. For those who don’t know Ottie, Ottie is a World Champion kayaker. She is 2019 and 2017 ICF Freestyle World Champion, 2018 European Champion and ICF Double World Champion, 4 times British Champion, and has the record for the highest ever score on ICF competition. We’re hoping that Womens C1 is about to be introduced to World Freestyle Competition, and I’m excited that I can be part of Ottie’s transition into C1 Freestyle. Ottie feels confident in taking the top team spot and is a likely favourite to medal.

I look forward to working with Ottie and inspiring more girls into the sport.

Paul Harwood – C1 Kayak Conversions
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Movie Monday 20 July 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 20 July 2020.

Movie Monday 20 July 2020
Movie Monday 20 July 2020

Enjoy!

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Social Media Saturday 18 July 2020

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 18 July 2020 at Unsponsored.

Social Media Saturday 18 July 2020
Social Media Saturday 18 July 2020

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Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look

The Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD is the latest fully featured PFD from Hiko. It is an anatomically shaped rescue PFD with a tonne of features. This one was supplied by the guys at Good 2 Go Paddlesport.

Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD - First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD - First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
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Big Water Combat Rolls On The New River Gorge

Big Water Combat Rolls On The New River Gorge
Big Water Combat Rolls On The New River Gorge

This Week on Kayak Support, we headed back to West Virginia and paddled the New River Gorge! We had an epic day working our way down the massive, pool-drop rapids, surfing, and of course, getting flipped! In this episode, we talk through what I learned about combat rolls in big water and show you some of my lines down this all-time classic river! YEW!

Verus Kayaks
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High Water Vent

High Water Vent
High Water Vent

Remember the river we cleaned the lines up on by cutting out the trees so it would be in prime condition when the high water came? The highwater is here and the river is amazing. It’s named the Venter Ache for anyone wondering.

Senders
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Movie Monday 13 July 2020

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 13 July 2020.

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Movie Monday 13 July 2020

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Ticks And Lyme Disease

It really important that we are aware about Ticks and the potential issues when one of the little *********** lock on. This info image from NHS Scotland is pretty good and not just for Scotland!

Ticks And Lyme Disease
Ticks And Lyme Disease

I now keep one of the tick removers in my first aid kit that I carry with me and another one in the car. Well worth the few £s.

Kokatat Rescue Life Vests – Carson Lindsay

Carson Lindsay runs through is 3:2:1:1 rescue equipment carry and how he loads it in two different PFDs.

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Tyne Tour 2020 – Cancelled.

Unfortunately the Tyne Tour 2020 has been cancelled. The Tyne Tour is a huge event that takes place annually here in the UK.

Hopefully it will return in 2021 bigger and better than ever.

Dane Jackson – Lower Rauma

Dane Jackson takes a very stout run down the Lower Rauma.

Dane Jackson - Lower Rauma
Dane Jackson – Lower Rauma

I had grown up seeing so many videos of one of the biggest classics of Norway, the Lower Rauma. Finally getting the chance to experience it was unreal and it was everything I could have imagined, and more. I not only ended up getting the 3rd descent of Brennenfossen which is an ultra stout that Bren first descented in 2016. I also ended up deciding to run Flemmingsfossen which is one of the most intimidating drops I have done as it has a very hard lip to line up, as well as only about a 20ft window where the drop doesn’t land on rocks. It was one hell of a day and I definitely can’t wait to get back to it, although I don’t think I will be running those 2 stouts again.

Dane Jackson
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