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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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Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard
Solo Whitewater Day Trip In My Backyard

Portaging and soloing whitewater paddling up to class three was the plan for my short adventure this day. First, I go through some of my wilderness outfitting gear including my spraydeck, whitewater canoe, drybag and drysuit before heading out on my Magnetawan River canoe trip.

My plan was to head downriver to a bridge where my wife would pick me up. The route would include two portages, a couple class 1 and a couple class 2 rapids as well as one big class three rapid. As soon as I ran the first rapid it felt awesome to be on the river. It was hot out for this time of year and after a portage around a big canyon and unrunnable rapid, I soon ran out of drinking water. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until I found a natural spring with delicious and cold water.

After dealing with the raging whitewater of a big drop, I paddled through a calm section and had a weird feeling like something was staring at me. I turned around to see a small, brand new log cabin built on top of a hill. It kind of struck me as odd that this would have given me the urge to turn around and look behind me. Before too long my trip was over and I met Tori at the bridge and I was home by dinner time. I felt tired but rejuvenated after the little outing, but more so I felt fortunate to live in the place that I do.

Jim Baird
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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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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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Dagger Phantom – First look

So after many years of images grabbed from videos and the odd image caught of the mysterious Dagger Phantom at certain paddling spots around the world we have got two here at Unsponsored HQ.

Dagger Phantom

These two are part of the first batch into the UK. Even though the image above appears to show two differently sized Phantoms they are in fact the same.

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DIY SOS: The Bodger’s Guide To Lightening A Dagger Jitsu

I own a Dagger Jitsu. I like it, although like many playboats it has its fans and its detractors. Generally though it is regarded to have a good hull shape, and, frankly, I find it hard to fit into other models simply because I’m one of those awkward people who has long legs for their weight.

Image: Eagles Nest Photography

I’m not going to be world champion any time soon, and if I was to buy a ‘dream’ playboat I’d likely be buying a carbon one. But there’s one thing about the Jitsu that most who know it can agree on. It is a lot heavier than it needs to be. In fact this very same criticism can be levelled at pretty much any modern boat on the market today.

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Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak

Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak – learn how to outfit this slicey kayak, the Jackson kayak MixMaster.

Outfitting The Jackson MixMaster Kayak

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New School Kayak Old School Outfitting

Corran Addison has recently offered his new F Bomb kayak with Hooptie outfitting. Essentially a new hull design with stripped backed outfitting that can be customised by its owner. Having paddled for over 30 years I remember outfitting boats with bit of foam and plenty of glue. I for one think that this is an excellent idea.

New School Kayak Old School Outfitting

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Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

Why they are called thighhooks not kneehooks

The concept is that when rolling, riverrunning, or playboating (cartwheels, stern squirts, etc.) The upper body leads and rotates the lower at the hips.

Why They Are Called Thighhooks Not Kneehooks

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