Welcome to IK&P • Adventures with Pack Boats

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I was never into hardshells, but discovering IKs in 2004, and later packrafts, was like discovering mountain bikes back in the 1980s. Suddenly the outdoors became a whole lot more interesting and accessible. With a packboat the hitherto ignored blue bits on the map become new byways to exploration and adventure.

Portable boats and mini rafts are light enough to be backpacked to the water’s edge or even carried indefinitely. Once you inflate it you can paddle for a few hours or for days, after which time you pull out the plugs, roll up and head home. With an IK or packraft you’re paddling on air.


I’ve travelled with packrafts and IKs in France, US, NW Australia (video below) Turkey, Venice, Sardinia and New Zealand. Years ago I replaced my faded Gumotex Sunny with a Feathercraft Java, then an Incept K40 (above right) and a Grabner Amigo, and after five years with a Gumotex Seawave IK (top of page), sold it in 2020. What IK next? Don’t know yet I’ve also had a few Alpacka packrafts and currently have an MRS Nomad S1 ‘packayak’ (left), and have also experimented with cheap slackrafts.

First visit to IK&P? Check out A–Z of IKs or the What is Packrafting? pages. 

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