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:
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.