Category Archives: Cheap PVC ‘slackrafts’

Experiences with <£40 PVC 'pool toys' as packrafts

One Million Sharks

  This weekend IK&P went supernova and broke through the one-million hit barrier, making it possibly the most read non-commercial website about inflatable kayaks and packrafts. Find a niche and they will come, as the bloke from WaterWorld is said to … Continue reading

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Inexpensive packboat rescue and survival aids

The other day while leaning over aboard a salmon pen platform, my cherished six-year-old Benchmade Griptilian slipped out of the pfd and into the briny depths. We ummed and ahhed about diving down to retrieve it, but I’m told these pens are 20-metres deep … Continue reading

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Packraft Group Test ~ Introduction

Supai Matkat • MRS Microraft  • Aire BAKraft • Nortik Trekraft • Alpacka Yak • Summary 2018: things have moved on. See also: Anfibio Alpha XC ultralight Longshore International EX280 double MRS Nomad S1 kayakraft The range of packrafts has slowly expanded since I bought my first Alpacka Llama … Continue reading

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Nortik Trekraft at the Packrafting Store

Full review here The Packrafting Store in Germany are now selling the Russian-made Nortik Trekraft. As mentioned a few months ago, it does bear an uncanny resemblance to a standard Alpacka, right down to the ‘fastback’ stern. In appearance you might call … Continue reading

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Trekkayak: inflatable ‘cataraft’

Interesting new Swedish portable raft concept running on Kickstarter. Three kilo raft running PU bladders in a Cordura shell and proper IK valves. Looks narrow and long in the video so most suited to flat water use, but using a pump (as … Continue reading

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Convert your paddle into a Packstaff

No one’s ever asked me how to make a packstaff attachment for their four-part paddle, but I’m going to tell you anyway. IK&P paddles are here, btw. What’s so good about packstaffs? Well, they’re a great way of converting your light but strong paddle shaft into … Continue reading

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Supai Flatwater Canyon II packraft review

Full trip report here (mostly walking) June 2015: Supai Matkat review At a verified 670g (23.6oz) including an added grab line, Supai Adventure Gear’s Flatwater Canyon II ($300/€290) must be among the world’s lightest and most compact boats. Before a winter storm blew … Continue reading

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D-rings, glue and repairs for IKs and Packrafts

Updated January 2018 It’s understandable to worry that something like an inflatable boat is a bit of a liability when out in the middle of a deep lake, hairing down some shallow white-water or far out to sea. This is … Continue reading

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Packframes: Tatonka Lastenkraxe review

See also: NRS Paragon Stone Glacier also worth a look but $$$ I thought I liked the idea of packframes for pack boating – a rigid rucsac harness frame without the bag element. The boat, paddles plus dry bags are … Continue reading

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