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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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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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Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Guigui Prod and Spade Kayaks have a colab developing.

Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Check out these carbon parts including a full plate footrest and seat frame.

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Kayak Safety Features – Run Down

Kayak design has moved on so much since I started to paddle some 30+ years ago. The level or difficulty at which people paddle is owed in some part to the change in kayak design over the years.

Kayak Safety Features

I currently paddle a Dagger Phantom and despite it being used for pretty much the same stuff as my first plastic kayak – an Ace Swing, yet the technology and features are simply worlds apart.

So if you are looking for a kayak packed full of safety features what are you actually looking for?

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Guigui Prod 2kg Saving

Guigui Prod have a carbon kit available that shaves 2kg off the weight of a boat.

The carbon based kit swaps out the plastic rail and seat for a carbon rail and foam seat.

The stiffer setup will not only allow for the drop in weight it should also improve the performance of the boat without compromising its strength.

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Plastic Welding Skills

We love Ninja type plastics welding skills at Unsponsored and this example from Benjamin Ghertner is A1.

Plastic Welding Skills
Plastic Welding Skills

The kayak fell off a raft stack last year and got dragged on the freeway for a bit. I used a plastic soldering iron and a square of plastic from an old kayak to patch it

Benjamin Ghertner
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How To Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S And Stout Seat Height

Getting your outfitting setup correctly is a crucial part of the paddling art. An ill fitting boat doesn’t help your paddling technique.

How to Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S and Stout Seat Height

Team Pyranha’s Chris Brain shows us how to get the best paddling position in your Pyranha C4S or Stout Kayak by optimising your seat height.

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Replacing The Rope System In Your EXO Kayak

Adrian Mattern shows us how to replace the rope backhand system in an EXO kayak.

Replacing The Rope System In Your EXO Kayak

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How To Outfit Your Pyranha Kayak

Outfitting your kayak or canoe correctly is always a great idea. If the boat fits you well, it will paddle better.

Unsponsored is packed with outfitting tips and guides, but here is a video from Bren Orton detailing the outfitting of a Pyranha kayak.

How To Outfit Your Pyranha Kayak

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C1 Kayak Conversions

Over the last few months we have seen a number of images on Instagram showing some really trick conversion kits that allow a K1 to be converted to a C1 without the need for lots of cutting/sticking of foam. We reached out to Paul Harwood at UK firm C1 Kayak Conversions to find out a little more about what they are doing.

C1 Kayak Conversions

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Outfitting The Liquidlogic Homeslice

Outfitting The Liquidlogic Homeslice

Shane gives a run down on how to outfit the new Liquidlogic Homeslice.

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Dagger Kayaks – Adjusting Seat Outfitting for Smaller Paddlers

Outfitting for Smaller Paddlers

Team Dagger Athlete Adriene Levknecht walks you through how she, as a 5’2″ paddler, adjusts her Dagger Contour Seat Outfitting for a comfortable safe fit even in a big high volume whitewater kayak like the Phantom or Greenboat.

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