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#147477 - 03/07/11 06:06 PM Backpacking rafts?
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Hello,

I am looking for an ultra-portable, preferably light weight boat/raft to take backpacking. After a short search, I am not sure these exist. Does anyone have any information on these?

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#147478 - 03/07/11 06:19 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: labrinth]
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Actually, there are about half a dozen makers of pack rafts. Plus a forum out there somewhere, unless it disappeared.

Did you google packrafting? Alpacka Rafts are the first hit on the list. Can also look up Sevylor and a couple others...

Also, http://www.backpackinglight.com/packrafting
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#147484 - 03/07/11 07:59 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: lori]
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Thanks a bunch!

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#147499 - 03/08/11 08:44 AM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: labrinth]
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Been eying those for some time. Unfortunately $800 is pretty steep. Or you could lug around a heavy hard to pack $30 plastic one... ok so maybe not an option.
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#147502 - 03/08/11 09:22 AM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: Paulo]
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However the latest rumour I heard is that they seyvlor is no longer made - it was a cheap piece of junk but still light.

I've not seen a lot of options other than alpacka out there.
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#147516 - 03/08/11 01:28 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: phat]
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The Alpacka is expensive because it was designed for wilderness racing in Alaska and it's durability is literally a matter of life or death. It is an investment, but one that is worth it if you are going to be doing alot of wilderness/remote rafting. If you just want it for tootling around on mountain lakes you might want to think about other options. IIRC, Jimshaw has discussed how he uses his air mattress as a raft to laze around on remote lakes.

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#147517 - 03/08/11 01:43 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: labrinth]
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I have used the Sevylor on lakes for years and I'm very happy with it. With practice it tracks fairly well and you can't beat the price. But I wouldn't take it on any kind of white water or even much current at all. I too have heard that it is out of production. It's not an Alpacka but it is a step above the pool toy category.

I need to cross the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on a trip I have planned next year. I wish there was something between the Sevylor and boats like this. I have an inflatable kayak but it weighs a ton.
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#147521 - 03/08/11 03:10 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: Trailrunner]
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Nice to find someone that has one. How many times would you say you've used it? Any fishing in it?
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#147529 - 03/08/11 05:04 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: Paulo]
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I've had it out at least 20 times. Mostly backpacking to lakes. But it also goes to the beach and we tow the kids (one at a time) behind a kayak. And sometimes it actually is a pool toy!! I don't fish any more but if I did, I would be very careful with sharp things around this boat!!!

I posted this picture somewhere before in another thread about these boats but since the subject came up again here it is:



As you can see it does very poorly in the snow. It's much better in the water!!!

With the sides deflated and just the floor inflated it makes a fair sleeping pad too. I also propped it up against the door of my SMD Lunar Solo one blustery night and it made an excellent windbreak.

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#147531 - 03/08/11 06:02 PM Re: Backpacking rafts? [Re: Trailrunner]
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You might want to re-read your Colin Fletcher: he describes crossing the Colorado with (if I remember correctly) a life jacket wrapped around his pack - he discussed it in both the Complete Walker series and The Man Who Walked Through Time.

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