The packraft has evolved into a fine-tuned, lightweight, and unbelievably versatile watercraft over the years. It’s a raft that can challenge nearly any body of water, be used as a shelter during a storm, double as a cargo ship to haul game during a hunt, and yet still be carried on your back.
Packrafts satisfy the desire to travel light and compact, either in the backcountry or during a quick afternoon trip on a local lake or river. They easily fit into a backpack, small plane, the trunk of your car, or on a four wheeler. They weigh a mere 4-5 lbs and pack down to the size of a standard backpacking tent. Packrafts are nearly bomb-proof and can take loads of abuse if handled properly. Even some of the most gaping wounds in the tube can be repaired quickly in the field with a roll of Tyvek house tape. In addition, basic control and maneuvering of the raft are relatively intuitive. The responsiveness and stability of a packraft allows even an inexperienced boater to feel comfortable and in control after a short time on non-technical water.
Packrafts can be inflated in less than 5 minutes. A lightweight bag constructed of sil-nylon is used to scoop up air and inflate the boat. An additional mouth valve is then used to top off the boat. The rafts also have an inflatable seat and backrest, so functionality and comfort have not been compromised at the expense of making the boat as light as possible.
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