A great deal of outdoor equipment passes through the halls of Unsponsored HQ. Some great, some good and some not so good. As we get closer to the 25th of December it has now become a little bit of tradition (and to save me answering loads of “What should I get ….. for Christmas, they have just got into kayaking/canoeing/SUP?” type questions via email) to put together a list of gear for our Festive Gift Guide that paddlers and general outdoors type folk might appreciate as presents at Christmas time.
Looking after your gear is super important as it will hopefully last longer and look after you. Keeping your drysuit stored correctly in your kit bag can really help look after what can be a seriously expensive piece of gear.
NRS have put this short video together on how to correctly fold a NRS suit but is applicable to most makes.
WRSI technology combines three-layer impact absorption, intentional outfitting design and a plush interior to deliver comfortable helmets that can take the hits. The multi-impact shell combined with an EVA foam liner and a polyurethane sub-shell effectively dissipate impacts.
MADISON, WISCONSIN, February 7, 2017 — Paddlesports Retailer is now open for registration for both buyers and vendors. To date, the number of Founding Exhibitors has grown to over 40 leading brands, with more exhibitors registering daily.
“We’re pleased that the paddlesports industry has been so supportive,” said Sutton Bacon, co-founder of Paddlesports Retailer. “In just 70 days we’ve gone from an idea to execution, and we’ve done so by providing an extremely good value for the exhibitors,” said Bacon.
Paddlesports Retailer will debut on August 29 – September 1, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin utilizing the common format of an opening on-water demo followed by three days in the hall. Earlier in the month, a broad coalition of paddlesports brands formally endorsed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official national tradeshow.
If you are using a throw line on the river I firmly believe that you need to carry a knife capable of cutting the line you are using.
There are two schools of thought on how a knife should be carried. The first option is to have a knife stored in such a way that it does not create a snag hazard but still remains accessible. The choices on how this can be achieved is limited and really relies on using a pocket on your PFD. The second option is to carry a knife clipped onto the outside of your PFD. By doing this you are accepting that there will be an increased snag risk but the knife will be readily accessible. The other issue with knives that are mounted on the outside of your PFD is that it should remain secure until it is required to be used. Continue reading