What is Packrafting?

A Packraft – a simple, robutes backpackboat to have always. Usable for all adventures on the go…

What distinguishes a Packraft?

Packrafts are light.

Packrafts made of tear-resistant, TPU-coated nylon have between 2 and 4 kg and a packing size that allows transport in the backpack. Comparable boats made of PVC or rubber easily weigh twice as much to three times and often require a boat car for transport.

With the Packraft you can easily get to places that are unreachable with other boats. Packrafts can also be used without a car. Even the bike transport at the Packraft is not a problem (bike rafting).

Packrafts are robust.

The polyurethane-coated nylon fabric is tear-resistant, puncture-resistant and abrasion-resistant, aging-resistant and UV-resistant. The common PVC cannot keep up here. PU Nylon is also much more environmentally friendly than PVC.

PU Nylon can be easily and permanently repaired in case of cases – even on the go.

Packrafts are simple.

Packrafts consist essentially of a hose and the floor. A pac force is ready to run in less than 10 minutes and does not even require a pump. Packrafts are inflated by means of a bubble bag. After a few pumping operations, the boat is ready.

The driving characteristics of the Packrafts are good-natured and forgiving compared to kayaks. In the white water, it’s hard to capsize a pac power.

Packrafts are versatile.

Packrafts can be used in a wide variety of waters: from the lake to the gentle river to the raging white water. A Packraft feels at home everywhere. Packrafts can also be adapted for different waters.

And what are the disadvantages?

Packrafts clearly also have disadvantages against other types of boats:

Wind susceptibility

Due to its wide design and height, Packrafts are prone to wind. On open waters, therefore, they are slow in wind.

Straight-running & Speed

The width and relatively short length reduces the speed compared to a solid-state kayak. Packrafts also tend to turn slightly in paddle movements. This behaviour has great advantages on the river, because the boat is very manoeuvrable as a result, but this is a disadvantage for long straight-line trips.

As a newcomer, however, you quickly learn which technique to use most efficiently.

The boat loading at the bow and a mounted fin (Skeg) provide a strong stabilization of the pac force when used on shallow waters.


Compared to PVC boats, Packrafts seem expensive. The material and the way of production ensure that the Packraft is a pleasure for many years. As a result, the higher acquisition costs are quickly put into perspective.