Category Archives: Packrafting

Packrafts and pool toys

Urban Packrafting: London’s Regent’s Canal

See also: Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare Urban Packrafting: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel Kayaking through London Urban canals have long been rediscovered as quaint, idiosyncratic backwaters for boat dwellers, joggers and cycle commuters, or have seen adjacent industrial wasteland redeveloped into glitzy … Continue reading

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Packraft sailing; MRS Nomad S1 + WindPaddle II

MRS Nomad Index Page I’ve been waiting for the right kind of wind to have a proper go at WindPaddling my MRS Nomad. Sunday was not that day with SW gusts up to 25mph. Yesterday was more like it: direct … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio DeckPack

See also: Packraft Deckbags In a Line Easily fitted, low-profile 22-litre bag with waterproof zip Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store  (supplied free for review) Weight & Size Bag: 224g; straps 11g each (verified) 59cm wide, 43 cm long and ~15 … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio Fly ultralight paddle

In a line: Cheap, light and fully adjustable but may have too much flex for heavier paddlers/ boats or against headwinds Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store (Supplied free for review) Weight: 451g (verified); length: 178-210cm Where tested: Sardinia sea and lake kayaking; … Continue reading

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A Packboat in your Car

  Overlanding with Packboats Expedition Portal / April, 2019 Packboat is my made-up word for easily portable boats that roll into a bag but deploy in minutes, in contrast with hardshell kayaks or canoes in aluminum, plastic, or composite. I’m here … Continue reading

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Olympus TG-5 camera for kayaking

I’ve been using Panasonic’s Lumix FT2 wet cameras for 13 years or more, a simple, slim, one-handed, all-weather P&S which didn’t have to be mollycoddled. In 2011 we even used them to make a packrafting movie. Later models seemed to lose … Continue reading

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Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare

See also: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel We had a good look, then shot this underground weir and were spat out the other end, grinning and alive. Years ago I recce’d South London’s Wandle ‘River’ from Merton Abbey Mills to the … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Wairoa River (NZ)

MRS Nomad Index Page The MRS Nomad S1 I tested last summer in Scotland is my new packraft. Goodbye to my great little Alpacka Yak. Like the Yak before, it held its value and I sure got my money’s worth out … Continue reading

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Book review: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France

See also Packboating in Southern France Back in print after 16 years, Rivers Publishing have updated their 2002 White Water Massif Central canoe guide, now less scarily titled: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France. Packboats aren’t mentioned, but what’s doable in a … Continue reading

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