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Jackson Kayak – Bees Knees Thigh Hooks

New for 2021 from Jackson is the Bees Knees Thigh Hook System. It’s a tool free light weight addition to your Jackson Kayak outfitting that gives extra support to your knees.

Bees Knees Thigh Hooks
Bees Knees Thigh Hooks

The Bees Knees gives all Jackson Kayaks whitewater boats a more secure knee fit for a better feel. This addresses the #1 request for improvement from our customers, and follows the JK way of valuing innovation and simplicity. They require no tools to adjust, and are comfortable and lightweight. These should work with every whitewater boat we’ve ever made (with the exception of kids’ boats).

Jackson KAyak
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Lettmann Machete

Lettmann have a new half slice kayak about hit UK shores by the end of the summer. The new kayak named the Machete looks pretty sweet.

Lettmann Machete

With a significant amount of rocker and the volume pushed towards the bow the Machete looks like it will absolutely rip.

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Jackson Kayak – Outfitting

Jackson Kayak Europe have been working on some new outfitting over the last few months to make boats that are lighter and stiffer.

Jackson Kayak – Outfitting

The first shot shows a prototype seat sitting on a hull stiffening plate. This was then developed and refined until the final carbon version was created.

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SurfEars 3.0 Ear Plugs – Review

We have a pair of SurfEars 3.0 Ear Plugs in for review at Unsponsored for quite some time now so it is time for a full long term review report.

SurfEars 3.0 Ear Plugs - First Look
SurfEars 3.0 Ear Plugs – Review

For any water user, and particularly those where the water/air temperature is cold, looking after your ears is important. Regular exposure to cold water/air can encourage the inner ear to protect itself.

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Palm Equipment Universal Mat – Review

The Universal Mat from Palm Equipment landed at Unsponsored HQ a few years back (2015) and has been used multiple times per week ever since. So it is probably time for a quick updated review.

Palm Equipment - Universal Mat
Palm Equipment Universal Mat – Review

The concept is very simple, it’s a foam mat that can be folded/fastened in half.

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Is My PFD Safe?

As a critical part of your safety gear it is important to make sure that your PFD is up to the job. This starts from the moment you go to buy one.

Is My PFD Safe?
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Sweet Protection Rocker 2021

One of the best helmets on the market the half cut Sweet Protection also gets a colour make over for 2021.

Matte Aquamarine

Gloss white and Dirt Black have been joined by Matte Aquamarine and Matte Chopper Orange Metallic.

Matte Chopper Orange Metallic

What do you think?

Sweet Protection Strutter 2021

Designed in 1997 the Sweet Strutter has to be one of the most recognisable helmets in the paddlesport market place.

Gloss Chopper Orange

For this year we have the same design as last year but with a couple of new colours. RRP is £179.99.

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Spade Kayaks Joker In Production

Spade Kayaks Joker In Production

Spade also have a retro fit ratchet kit available for the Queen of Hearts kayak. I suspect you could also make this work in other kayaks.

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Palm Zenith Pants – Review

The Palm Zenith pants are designed to be combined with any dry or semi dry top to create a flexible system for year round use. I’ve been using these with the Palm Fuse and Zenith range of jackets.

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Palm Zenith Pants – Review

Although a two piece combination will find it hard to be beat a drysuit I have used a number of two piece systems in the past that have been super dry. The big advantage is that you can mix and match tops and bottoms to create a system that is best matched for the conditions you are going out in.

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Nookie Turbo Jacket – Review

The Nookie Turbo jacket is designed to be a performance led premium whitewater kayak jacket utilising the same high quality materials as the Nookie Charger Drysuit. This thing is tough with double sals (neoprene outer/latex inner) on the neck and arms. What makes this jacket stand out is that it is also made at Nookie’s HQ here in the UK. There are very few UK based paddling firms that actually still make their gear in the UK. Top marks to Nookie.

Nookie Turbo Jacket - Review
Nookie Turbo Jacket – Nookie Turbo Jacket – Review
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Waka Kayaks GOAT – A Closer Look

Matt Clark managed to get a couple of demo boats from https://s2s-shop.com and has kindly sent in these images.

Waka Kayaks GOAT - A Closer Look
Waka Kayaks GOAT – A Closer Look
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