Preview: Kokopelli Moki 2 IK

Until recently Kokopelli were a US packraft brand who started out in a Denver garage in 2012 but soon moved on to full Asian production. Known for their distinctive angular range of yellow TPU or PVC packrafts – long, short, bailing or decked – with the Moki I and Moki II they’ve now moved into IKs. Both these IKs are what they’re calling hybrids: drop stitch floors with conventional side tubes. As always here at IK&P, it’s the solo touring potential of the longer two-seater that’s of interest.
The online stats for the Moki II are:

Weight: 24kg (53lbs)
Length: 4.3M (14 feet)
Width: 91cm (36″)
Payload: 272kg (600lbs)
Construction: 840D Nylon side sleeves for PVC bladders; 1000D PVC D/S floor
Price: U$ 999 (with tandem spraydeck); UK £949

Big, 21.8cm nylon tubes house internal PVC bladders which take a regular 2.5 psi (0.17 bar) while even the D/S floor runs at a modest 4.5psi. That’s actually less than I ran in the side of my uprated Seawave. Can an IK be too stiff? Possibly. Or it might be less expensive D/S flooring which will suit most intended users most of the time. As the Kokopelli graphic below shows, the Moki II is rated as ‘Lake’.

The well featured but non-inflatable EVA foam seats look a bit thin in relation to the floor, but that’s easily altered and they can be positioned securely anywhere along twin velcro bands on the floor, with the backrests braced off the hull top. The footrest/s can be repositioned in daisy chain loops presumably sewn to the side hull casing. The boat also has a dozen D-rings and a big clip-on skeg (tracking fin) plys what looks like a shallow front keel to help the flat floor track straight. A zip-on tandem deck is included in the price, with an optional solo deck available.

At the listed three feet or 91.4cm, both Mokis are pretty wide (one reviewer verified a Moki I at 37″ wide). But something might be wrong with the stated dimensions. If the internal width between the tubes is 35.5 cm (14″) and the side tubes are 21.8cm (8.6″) each, the total is 79.1cm, not 91.4 – nearly 5″ narrower and about the same as my old Seawave – more than wide enough to be stable but nippy. From the proportions of the image above, the actual length looks somewhere between the two. Who knows (TBC), but an over-wide IK, even pitched as a lake boat, is awkward to paddle and slow to respond, but with zero chance of flipping.

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