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The Booster Is Back

Corran Addison is bringing the Booster back to the water. Updated for 2022.

The Booster Is Back
The Booster Is Back

A little more than a decade ago, an entire class of boat simply disappeared: the playful river runner. These were truly great boats because they bridged that gap between a hard core creek boat, and a play boat. They could run fairly hard rapids, while remaining entertaining and easy to paddle, and muck about in.

The Booster changed how a playful river runner was supposed to handle. With a planing hull, playful handling, but in a format that could run rivers well, the Booster was the choice of instructional centres, beginners padlers, and even advanced and expert paddlers looking to mix it up. Everyone loved the Booster.

A lot has changed since the original Booster was released. Hulls are faster, looser and more forgiving. Rocker profiles make them more predictable, with a dryer ride, and overall ergonomics leave those sitting in old boats feeling cramped. The new Booster takes the performance of the original, and puts it squarely on a platform that is comfortable, forgiving, fast and loose, boofs like a charm, is super forgiving in even the most unpredictable waters, without paddling with the comparative sluggishness of creek boats.

Whether you’re a beginner, looking for something easy and exciting to get into and grow with, or an accomplished paddler that wants something more interesting than a full creek boat without going to a half slice, the Booster has you covered.

Corran Addison

Specification:

Length 222cm

Width 65cm

Volume 230L

More detail can be found here.

Kayaks That Are 30 This Year – Part II

We have launched a new series for 2022 looking back at some of the kayak designs from the last 30 years. This one is the second in the series. In part one we took a look at the Dagger AQII, in part two we take a look at another Dagger kayak, the Freefall.

Kayaks That Are 30 This Year – Part II
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Apex Ringer Kayak Carbon Prototype

Eric Jackson talks us through his new kayak, The Ringer. Constructed from full carbon this prototype is the beginning of Apex moving fully into the whitewater market.

Apex Ringer Carbon Prototype

Quick walkthrough of the Ringer prototype in Carbon Fiber… Hull is amazing so far- deck needs work- it is going to lose some weight, drop cockpit rim a lot, etc. Still have to finalize outfitting concepts and design them. Cockpit rim/thigh braces, tweak the seat some. But all stuff I would expect to do if I am designing something new from scratch. Check it out!

Eric Jackson

At 23lbs the Ringer carbon light. Carbon fibre seat and suicide block as a thigh brace (for the time being).

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Sweet Protection 2022

Although the design remains the same Sweet Protection have mixed things up a bit by introducing a new range of colours for the Wanderer, Rocker and Strutter.

Sweet Protection Strutter 2022

Sweet Protection have kept Dirt Black and Gloss White in the line up but have added Deep Purple Metallic, Matt Burning Orange and this Matte Fluo.

Sweet Protection Strutter 2022
Sweet Protection Strutter 2022
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Exo Kayaks – Zion

Exo Kayaks have released two new kayaks under the Zion name. Both share the same hull design. They were due to into production back in late 2021 but have only now just started to come of out the production facility for outfitting and testing.

Zion Slalom

The Zion Slalom sits as 271cm in length with a 66cm width and a volume of 298l.

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Surge Play Sea Kayak

Big Pond Kayaks are based on the Isle of Man and the Surge Play is their latest sea kayak.

Surge Play Sea Kayak
Surge Play Sea Kayak
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Custom Pyranha Jed

How can you make a fully carbon Pyranha Jed better?

Well Trevor Bouldin had an idea and called in some help from Jean-Luc Robichaux to make it happen.

Custom Pyranha Jed
Custom Pyranha Jed

To get the ultimate level of outfitting Trevor put a Soul Waterman Power Seat in the Jed. The Power Seat retails at $199.99 and removes the need of a backband with ratchets.

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Apex Whitewater Kayaks

Back in 2019 Eric Jackson left Jackson Kayaks to focus on a new line of fishing/recreational kayaks under the Apex branding. Now well established Apex is now looking at the whitewater market.

Apex Whitewater Kayaks – Apex Ringer

The Apex Ringer is already in the pipeline at 9 foot long and under 23lbs this composite kayak looks like it will be a lot of fun. However, as the Ringer is ultimately being designed to win races it will eventually be constructed in plastic.

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PEAKUK River Wrap PFD

The new updated River Wrap PFD from PEAKUK is due spring 2022 and will retail at £185.

PEAKUK River Wrap PFD

The PEAKUK River Wrap PFD won Product of The Year at Paddle Expo in 2021.

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Winter Is Coming – 7 Paddling Tips

We’ve just about hit that time of the year in the UK when it gets darker earlier and earlier, the weather has begun to turn and the water is that little bit colder – Winter Is Coming. Last week on the water was very cold and today the rivers are up and snow has hit the UK.

Being cold is not just uncomfortable it can also be life threatening. Having the right gear for the right conditions is key at any time of the year but the margin for error during the colder seasons is much tighter.

Winter Is Coming

It’s defintely a good time to start to look at your cold weather paddling gear and assess whether it is going to be up to the job.

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Vertical Element – Flyte Paddle

The Flyte has an aggressive catch, which rewards starting the stroke further forward but with a more gradual taper towards the neck the blade feels smoother in the later parts of the stroke. This shape has slalom inspired design DNA to its core.

This blade is made from 100% glass fibre which is pre-impregnated with toughened epoxy resin making it strong, robust and hard-wearing.

Supplied as standard with a ground glass shaft its more flexible but slightly heavier than carbon shaft. If your looking for a stiffer and lighter shaft choose the carbon version.

VE Paddles

We are big fans of VE paddles here at Unsponsored HQ. We currently have a couple sets here that are in weekly use.

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Titan Watercraft Dragon

Titan’s new Dragon kayak has been spotted out in the wilds of the North West of England.

Titan Watercraft Dragon

This one is the limited edition “Killer Bee” colour way.

Titan Watercraft Dragon
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