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The Pyranha Ozone Arrives At Robin Hood Watersports

Andy Butler, designer at Pyranha Kayaks, visited the store to introduce their latest creation. 

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Astral Greenjacket 2020

For 2020 Astral have made an update to the colours of the Greenjacket. In addition to the all black colour scheme from 2019 they also have this blue/red combination.

Astral Greenjacket 2020
Astral Greenjacket 2020

What do you think? It also matches one of the new colour ways for the Serpent 2.0.

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Astral Serpent 2.0 PFD

A long time ago HF produced the Serpent PFD that was designed and developed by Allan Ellard. It was a great piece of gear that had a huge following. For 2020 Astral has developed the Serpent 2.0.

The new design is extremely similar to the original with an update in materials, some of the ergonomics and and increase of 20N in buoyancy to a total of 70N.

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Verus Kayaks

Verus Kayaks is a company I haven’t really come across until I spotted a post on Instagram a couple of weeks back. With a number of plastic and carbon/kevlar designs they look very interesting. Have you paddled one of their kayaks?

Volant – Full Carbon
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Titan Nymph Colours

Titan have some pretty nice looking colour combinations for the Nymph.

Titan Nymph Colours
Titan Nymph Colours

Which one would you go for?

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Yak Taurus PFD – Review

A brand new Yak Taurus PFD landed at Unsponsored HQ at the end of August 2019.  Since then it has seen a hundred hours of use.

Yak Taurus PFD - Review
Yak Taurus PFD – Review

When it first landed I thought that it was one of the best looking PFDs I had seen in some time. It reminded me a great deal of some of the Lotus PFDs from the 1990s in both its shape and size.

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Pyranha Ozone

The Ozone is Pyranha’s long-awaited return to the river-running playboat market.

Pyranha Ozone
Pyranha Ozone
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Level Six Ace Spray Skirt – First Look

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North East Kayaks – Nookie Octane

North East Kayaks have a  Nookie Octane womens dropseat drysuit. Looks pretty good.

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Prototype Kayak

We have received these two leaked images of a composite prototype kayak that is currently being developed.

Prototype Kayak
Prototype Kayak
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Cold Hands?

I reckon cold hands are almost worse than cold feet. When my hands get cold they hurt and as they warm back up they really hurt.  If the air and water temperature isn’t too bad then I’ll go through the pain barrier as once my hands are warm they’ll stay warm.  

Cold Hands?
Cold Hands?

However if it is super cold then its hard to push through the pain barrier as it takes so much longer.  Cold hands will limit your ability to hold stuff. If you aren’t able to hold your paddle then you are pretty stuffed.

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Dagger Rewind – A Few Images

A few images of a couple of Dagger Rewinds from today.

Dagger Rewind - A Few Images
Dagger Rewind – A Few Images

Nice to see the Rewind lined up with a RPM. Seems quite fitting.

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