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Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro – Review

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.

Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro - Review
Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro – Review
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Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

The newest addition to the flat pedal mountain bike range is the Five Ten Trail Cross LT. The version we have here is the LT version which is more trainer like that the Mid Pro we reviewed on the site a couple of months back.

Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT - First Look
Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

Size wise I still think that these run a little large. I usually wear Five Ten or Salomon in a UK size 10 and did originally order a pair of Trail Cross Mid in that size. However I found that the shoe is super long. I sent them straight back and now have a pair of UK 9.5s which after my first ride out fit great. So these LT versions are also 9.5 and as expected fit well.

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Enduro Photography

I thought I’d post a few of my MTB Enduro shots from the last couple of years. I hope I’m starting to get my eye in.

Shots at the Ard Rock and Ard Moors 2018 were taken with a Nikon D500. All other shots were taken with a Sony Alpha A9.

The links will take you to my Roots and Rain pages where you’ll find tens of thousands of my images from these events.

Ard Rock 2018

Steve Peat
Danny Hart
Tracey Moseley

Ard Rock 2018 photos

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Movie Monday 20 January 2020

Welcome to Movie Monday 20 January 2020 at Unsponsored.

Movie Monday 20 January 2020


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Ard Moors Enduro 2018

With little water last weekend Unsponsored headed over to the local hills and the Ard Moors Enduro.

Here are just a few of the images taken.

Ard Moors Enduro 2018

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Ard Rock Enduro 2017

Today I learnt about Enduro with a run around the 45KM route of the Ard Rock Enduro 2017.

Ard Rock Enduro 2017

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Suunto Ambit 3 Peak – First Look

We love tech here at Unsponsored HQ and when we can combine that love with the great outdoors it gives us a warm glow inside.

The GPS of choice up until very recently was a Garmin Foretrex 401 (as favoured by many members of the armed forces). It did its job well but I didn’t use a great deal of its features apart from getting a GPS location fix when things got a bit sticky. Although it did what I needed it to do technology has moved on and it’s always great to have an excuse to upgrade some tech.

After a couple of recommendations a Suunto Ambit 3 Peak was purchased.

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak - First Look

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Osprey Zealot 15 – First Look

We are big fans of Osprey gear at Unsponsored HQ. So when a new bag was required for mountain bike duties the Osprey website was consulted.

Osprey Zealot 15 - First Look

15 litres or there about seems to be the right kind of size for the bulk of riding that we do. Plenty of room for the essentials but not too much room that you end up filling because you can. The Osprey Zealot appeared to fit the bill nicely.

Osprey Zealot 15 - First Look

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Sweet Protection MTB 2015

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This is a MTB edit from Hafjell Norway to show off the new Summer 2015 collection from Sweet Protection.

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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker 2015

I am a huge fan of Sweet Protection and have tested the Bushwhacker MTB helmet to destruction! In this edit Tracy Moseley outlines the key features that she likes in the Bushwhacker. As this is the new 2015 version the adjustment system relies an Occigrip dial rather than the adjustment system seen previously. Will this be seen in future whitewater helmet line ups?

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If it is, you heard it here first right here on Unsponsored.

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Sweet Bushwacker Helmet – First Look

Just in for review is a big pile of Sweet Protection mountain biking kit including the new Bushwacker helmet.


Sweet uses the same computer technology used in its premium whitewater and snowsports helmets to produce the new Bushwacker. Superb protection cover and digitally modelled air flow has resulted in a very fine and uniquely designed helmet.

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Green Cotic Soul

My new Cotic Soul is almost complete. The chain needs to be shortened by a couple of links and I need to stick my other wheelset on.


For the sake of completeness I also weighed it – 28lbs.

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