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Jeremiah Watt
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Hey Mike, Nice to see some coverage of packrafting. I’m curious on your experience level? I have zero trouble inflating a packraft with an inflation bag and find the concept of taking a slower, larger and heavier foot pump insulting . And how much are you traveling with? I’ve had multiple trips over 5 nights and easily packed all camping equipment and the extra essentials like a spare paddle inside the boat. A mention of Alpacka’s internal cargo system would be helpful here. Are you familiar? It’s pretty awesome. One can unzip the tubes and store two large dry bags… Read more »

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To suggest that the Alpacka Raft can’t handle overnight kit is perhaps a sweeping statement..? I can’t comment on your own overnighter, of course, but speaking more broadly even the smaller Alpacka boats can happily take an expedition-size backpack on the bow, and that’s before you make use of the internal storage space with a cargo fly. I’ve used a Yak (medium size) several times for multi-day trips without feeling the need for extra space. Also, I think you’re unfair to the inflation bag method. It does take some practice, but then so does anything new. I’m as cack-handed as… Read more »

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Hi there Mike, nice write up! Cool to see some writing about my fairly niche sport . Great to see the safety side emphasised too. Just thought id chip in with my five cents, ive done several expeditions using packrafts as well as short rivers and have introduced many folk to the sport. The inflation bag is one of the coolest things, it weighs nothing! And the new attachments on the alpacka bags make them so easy with no popping off. I recon it takes me about 8 bagfulls to inflate and total newbies 10-15 minutes, although they rapidly get… Read more »

Jeremiah Watt
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Jeremiah Watt

Hey Mike, Nice to see some coverage of packrafting. I’m curious on your experience level? I have zero trouble inflating a packraft with an inflation bag and find the concept of taking a slower, larger and heavier foot pump insulting . And how much are you traveling with? I’ve had multiple trips over 5 nights and easily packed all camping equipment and the extra essentials like a spare paddle inside the boat. A mention of Alpacka’s internal cargo system would be helpful here. Are you familiar? It’s pretty awesome. One can unzip the tubes and store two large dry bags… Read more »

Jeremie Lamart
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Jeremie Lamart

Hi! Always nice to read articles about packrafting. But I’m not sure to agree with what you say about the ability of Alpacka rafts to carry gear for an overnight trip. I’ve done tons of long multiday (even multi week) trips with diffent boats from Alpacka and they’re more than perfect, a couple of years ago they even introduced the cargo fly system that allows you to fill the tubes with gear. They have the reputation to be the go-to boats for any serious backcountry trip. As for the inflation bag, really smart and convenient : weighs nothing and allows… Read more »

Andy Toop
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Andy Toop

Hey man, good to see Packrafts getting some airtime.. I think maybe you missed the point with the inflation bag though, that thing is inspired, simple, nothing to break and super efficient with a bit of practice, I can get mine up in 2 minutes and about 7-10 bag fulls..
Also the Alpacka series has oodles of room and Buoyancy to haul entry of gear. Hell I’ve had my 45lb fatbike and.exped gear strapped to the bow of mine.
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Denny Becker
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Denny Becker

Well done, Mike.. Should sell some folks on pack rafts..