Packrafts

New Book Aims to Teach Packrafting Skills

Packrafts are far from being a novelty anymore; they're becoming a mainstream piece of paddling gear for both their performance and packability. But there...

And In This Corner, Weighing In At….! Alpacka Hits the Water Running in 2022 With New Lightweight Boat Line-up

Yes, it sounds like a boxing announcer, and for good reason. Pack raft maker Alpacka is packing in a full, ultralight product line for...

Advanced Elements Launches New Packlite+ Packraft Series

Advanced Elements, a longtime maker of drop-stitch construction inflatable kayaks, has launched into the packraft market with its new Packlite+ Packraft Series. “What makes them...

Portugal The Man Goes Pack Rafting!

Portugal The Man might have won the Grammy for their 2017 hit song “Feel It Still.” But they’d still rather be out on their...

Holy Hanksville! Utah’s Dirty Devil Floods to 5,500 cfs

Not that we’re aware of anyone who had their act together quick enough to run it, but Utah’s slot canyon Dirty Devil River surged...

20 Years and Counting: A Q&A with Alpacka Pack Rafts CEO Thor Tingey

Alpacka pioneered the pack raft industry when president Thor Tingey’s mother, Sheri, helped him invent the craft for her son’s multisport racing exploits in...

Middle Fork, Main and…Selway? A 310-mile Packraft/Ski Combo in Idaho

Proud of your measly little portage? A group of hard chargers in Idaho skied across the Sawtooths to Marsh Creek, then used their Alpacka...

WIN a Sawyer Cedar Surge II paddle from Alpacka Raft valued at $400

After you've entered to win a Sawyer Cedar Surge II paddle from Alpacka Raft, check out these other packraft and camp essentials. New Alpacka...

New Alpacka Ranger is the Perfect River-based Solo Hunting and Fishing Packraft

Alpacka Raft launched, literally and figuratively, in the Fall of 2000, as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey -- the designer behind the products --...

Alpacka Launches Alpacka Raft Custom Lab and Holiday Sale on Pack Raft Orders

As the burgeoning sport of pack rafting welcomes new users, new put-ins, and more adventures, one of the leading brands in the space is...

Inflatable Kayak – Everything You Need to Know About IKs

Inflatable Kayaks are the easiest way to get on the water. From their portability to their on water capability IK's are a great way to...

Baffin or Bust: An Alpacka Packraft Paddle and Climb Expedition

Where can an Alpacka packraft take you, you ask? How about to Baffin Island, for a paddling and climbing expedition? Read on for just...

Paddlesport Sales Skyrocket 56 Percent in June

While paddlesports sales were treading water at best prior to COVID-19, the pandemic has put them back on the path to prosperity, with sales...

Kayaking Near Me: Great Southwest Trip Ideas from Alpacka!

Looking to avoid travel, but still want to have fun? Not all adventures require flight travel or long distances. Avoid the crowds, hop in...

Meet Alpacka Packraft Stud Stanley Mulvany (with Podcast!)

Want to get to know one of the packrafting world’s most ardent — and well-aging — paddlers? Look no further than New Zealander and avid...

Alpacka Launches Uber-light Caribou Packraft

Calling it a modern take on an original classic, Mancos, Colo.’s Alpacka Raft, recently released its new Caribou packraft, what it bills as the...

Kokopelli Packraft Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Rogue-Lite

Kokopelli now has a Kickstarter campaign going for its new Rogue-Lite packraft, which collapses down to the size of a paper towel roll. Don't believe us?

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New King & Queen of North Fork Champs: Hayden Voorhees, Jenn Chrimes Take Crowns

There’s a new King and Queen of the North Fork Championships, Idaho’s prestigious Class V kayak race on the...
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Astral GreenJacket Rescue PFD Review with Video

https://youtu.be/8nUc47UJuTo Ricky Steamboat: "We've got the Astral Green Rescue PFD here, this things off the charts, it's got all kinds...

Floods Bring Epic, Record Flows to WYO, MT; Paddlers Chime In

Big water boaters in southern Montana and northern Wyoming were either licking their chops or hiding their boating gear...

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Advanced Elements Launches New Packlite+ Packraft Series

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