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The pandemic and its associated restriction on overseas travel and holidays saw a boom in the use of inflatable kayaks and packrafts. Quite right too as paddling provides the same health and wellbeing benefits as walking or cycling, but with a liberating feeling of weightlessness as you glide effortlessly across the water. An easily portable IK minimises transportation and storage issues, while a 3-kilo packraft can be easily carried up to the highest mountain lake.
I recently condensed this rambling website into a couple of books: Inflatable Kayaking: A Beginner’s Guide and Packrafting: A Beginner’s Guide which came out summer 2022. Buy Packrafting or Inflatable Kayaking discounted off amazon.uk.
I was never into hardshells, but discovering IKs in 2005 and packrafts a few years later 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 overlooked blue bits on the map become new byways to exploration and adventure.
Portable kayaks and packrafts are light enough to be backpacked to the water’s edge or even carried indefinitely. Once inflated, you can paddle for an hour or for days, after which time you pull out the plugs, roll up and head home or over to the next body of water. With an IK or packraft you’re paddling on air.
I ‘ve travelled with my packrafts and IKs in France, US, Croatia, NW Australia (video below) Turkey, Venice, Sardinia, Iceland and New Zealand. I’ve owned a Gumotex Sunny (twice), Feathercraft Java, an Incept K40 and a Grabner Amigo. After five years with a Gumotex Seawave, I got another Seawave 2. I’ve also had a few Alpacka packrafts, recently enjoyed an MRS Nomad S1 ‘packayak’, an Anfibio Rebel 2K, and also test review boats, and have experimented with cheap vinyl slackrafts. For 2022 my new packraft is a long Sigma TXL tourer (below).