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Adidas Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex – First Look

We’ve been waiting on these to land for almost a year. Now that they are here we are going to take a quick look at the features and specifications.

Adidas Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex - First Look
Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex alongside the Trailcross Mid
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Ard Rock Reunion – 2021

The Ard Rock is a mountain bike enduro event and is based near the beautiful village of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (UK).

Here are a few images from the weekend.

Day 1 – Friday

An early start Friday saw me on Stage 1 of the Ard Rock.

Stage 1 at the top of Fremington Edge
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Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro – Review (Update)

We do a fair bit of mountainbiking at Unsponsored HQ when there isn’t much water around and we have been using Five Ten shoes from the very start.

The newest addition to the flat pedal mountain bike range is the Five Ten Trail Cross. The version we have here is the Mid version which has much better ankle protection in the form of D30 inserts.

We’ve been using these weekly for well over a year now on a range of different bikes using DMR Vault flat pedals.

Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro - Review
Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro – Review
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Movie Monday 21 June 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 21 June 2021.

Movie Monday 21 June 2021
Movie Monday 21 June 2021

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Movie Monday 7 June 2021

Welcome tot Unsponsored and Movie Monday 7 June 2021.

Movie Monday 7 June 2021

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What3Words

What3Words: Emergency Response Best Practice Hub
What3Words

So what is What3Words?

The entire globe has been divided into 3 x 3 metre squares, with each square being given a unique three word identifier.

For example the The Green River narrows put in is identified as ///basements.latter.assembles

You can either use the What3Word website to find a location or use the app. Here in the UK many of our emergency service operators are being trained in its use. However it does have its issues.

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Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021.

Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021
Social Media Saturday 22 May 2021

We love sharing this stuff so if we have missed any great posts please let us know.

Enjoy!

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Where’s My Kayak?

Shipping internationally and even nationally has become a problem in 2021. Corran Addison gives us a break down the issues and the work Soul Waterman is carrying out to get its boats to customers.

Just when you think 2020 can’t be matched, so 2021 comes along to prove you wrong. We’re getting weekly emails now asking “Where is my darn kayak?”.

Where's My Kayak?
Where’s My Kayak?
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Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?

What happens if your Wahoo Kickr breaks and you keep riding it?

Kevin Biggs managed to get a cheap Wahoo Kickr that the original owner had listed as damaged and needing repair.

This Kickr had suffered the classic loose woodruff key which led to lots of banging and clunking when the trainer was used. The loose key means that the bearings can move in a way they aren’t meant to, which means they eventually fail.

The following images and words are from Kevin.

The guy ran the trainer for me and it had the usual clonking noise. When I got it home and the cover off it wasn’t obvious what the problem was. I had to hammer the fly-wheel shaft through using a sacrificial bolt screwed in to hit.

Broken Wahoo Kickr - How Bad?
Broken Wahoo Kickr – How Bad?
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Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Thanks to Verus Kayaks UK I had the chance to briefly check out the Gladiator 2.0 at the Tees Barrage.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 - First Look
Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

The Gladiator 2.0 is a half slice river runner that sits at 8’11” with a 27″ width.

Verus Kayaks Gladiator 2.0 – First Look

Here is what Verus have to say about the Gladiator 2.0.

The Gladiator 2.0 is the perfected version of our flagship river runner. Our team has taken this kayak down everything from cruising class II to charging class V creeks. The Gladiator has proven to be the most versatile boat in our quiver. Drawing from slalom designs, the widest part of the Gladiator is right behind the cockpit at 27”. This improves stability for beginners and allows experts to make dynamic moves while running challenging whitewater. The displacement hull is easy to roll, forgiving in chaotic waters and above all, FAST.  The new, low-profile stern will spice up your paddling and let you play all the way down your favorite run. Try a Gladiator today and find out what you can unlock from this timeless design.

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Tees Barrage 10 April 2021

Here are some shots taken this am at the Tees Barrage.

Tees Barrage 10 April 2021
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Solitude

Darren Clarkson has been exploring wild rivers over over two decades. He has countless first descents and iconic rivers to his name. Yet his new project is perhaps the most daunting he has ever faced.

Solitude
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