Tag Archives: Alpacka Yak

Gumotex Twist on the Tarn Gorge

On the way back from some riding in the Pyrenees I persuade my lift that a day’s paddling in southern France’s famous Tarn Gorge would be a good use of our time. The 20-odd kms between La Malene and Le Rozier via Les Vignes (see map) … Continue reading

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Packraft sump guard

Why a butt and heel patch can be a good idea for your packraft on shallow rivers. Still taken from this video in Greenland. More on my Yak’s set-up here.

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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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Packraft Group Test: Alpacka Yak

Packraft Test Intro • Supai Matkat • MRS Microraft  • Aire BAKraft • Nortik Trekraft • Summary It was time to hop into my boat – a 2014 model Yak. You can read more about it here. There’s no real need to go on about it too much as … Continue reading

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Packraft Group Test: Summary

Packraft Test Intro • Supai Matkat • MRS Microraft  • Aire BAKraft • Nortik Trekraft • Alpacka Yak One tends to compare new boats against Alpacka because they were the innovators who took the whole packrafting game forward. Now that I’ve tried the competition I can see the gap between the Colorado-made boats and the two similar … 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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Cape Wrath Trail ~ a Coigach-Assynt variant

The 200-ish mile Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the top of Sutherland was cooked up in the early 90s by David Paterson, a photographer who’d just come off a job shooting the West Highland Way. Paterson wondered if you … 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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Replacing twist-lock valve on Alpacka

Ages ago I must have over-tightened the twist-lock mouth inflation valve cap on my Yak, probably ham-fisted ahead of a tense crossing. Actually it’s not so hard to do to the cheapo plasticy valves. And once you’ve gone too far … Continue reading

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