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Old 04-07-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Alpacka Rafts

Anyone familiar with Alpacka rafts? I'm interested in a boat I can carry on the bike (DR650).

http://www.alpackaraft.com/

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Old 04-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #2
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I used to carry a sevylor tahitik on my motorcycle, great inflatable kayak.

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Old 04-08-2014, 03:02 PM   #3
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Anyone familiar with Alpacka rafts? I'm interested in a boat I can carry on the bike (DR650).

http://www.alpackaraft.com/

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A buddy had one out on a solid class III run this weekend and I was very impressed with what he could do with it. He was catching micro eddies and surfing holes like it was a hard boat.
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They fold down pretty small, but weigh a lot. If you have aluminum panniers that you can lay them on it would probably help. Still, a lot of weight up high.
You're gonna need a second bike for the take out.
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Thanks. I'm thinking a fishing boat, probably lake fishing.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:44 PM   #6
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The Motion tv show on the Livewell network rave about the Alpacka rafts. Check out this episode where they used the raft to explore lake Superior http://livewellnetwork.com/Motion/ep...-Shore/8320717
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:01 PM   #7
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They fold down pretty small, but weigh a lot. If you have aluminum panniers that you can lay them on it would probably help. Still, a lot of weight up high.
You're gonna need a second bike for the take out.
The specs list it at uder 5 lbs...plus a couple for the paddle.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:57 AM   #8
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The Denali Llama - just under 6 lbs. The paddles break down into 4 sections. My plan is to use it paddling small lakes in the national forests. Also on backpack trips.

Still 2' of ice on the lakes so it hasn't been wet yet.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:33 AM   #9
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Thanks. I'm thinking a fishing boat, probably lake fishing.
I saw these at a paddling show I was at a couple weeks ago, very cool and DEF packed down into a bag small enough for on a bike. I had same thought as you, hmmmm bag it on the back of the GS and ride to the lake to paddle.

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Just got my Yukon (extended stern) in last week and took out for ~3 mile paddle Sunday (got up mid 50s here). I'm really happy with it .

Quick setup/takedown, <15 mins bag-to-water/water-to-bag (<10 after a couple of times), + ~15mins for a sun dry. I have the removeable spray deck and the ride was dry and warm. ~14 lbs/30L all packed in a drybag daypack (boat 6 lbs, paddle 2, vest/shoes 2). It's no sea kayak of course, but I was pleasantly surprised at its efficiency and tracking for a bathtub boat. High winds will be a problem for a boat like this though.

Intended uses - backpack camping (hike upstream, paddle back downstream), campervan impromptu flat water paddles with my dog, learn a little whitewater, maybe even some folding bike packrafting.




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The specs list it at uder 5 lbs...plus a couple for the paddle.

Mine must not be an Alpaca. That's cool if they can make them that light. I wonder how tough the material is.
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Reaqlly tough if you watch some of the videos on their website. I've had one of their rafts on my "to buy" list for years as something to carry around in whatever adventure vehicle I have at the moment. I justs haven't had the time to get into it. The kinds of places I'd like to paddle in are too far away. Someday though.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:13 PM   #13
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Any other opinions on these?
I was thinking of getting a inflatable standup paddle board (I have a solid already). But these rafts are much lighter making them easier to travel with.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:08 PM   #14
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Yeah, they're great! You got the money, I say go for it. I'm sure you'll be greatly pleased.

I just haven't wanted to spend the $1000+ for one yet. So far all my money's gone into motorcycles, ocean kayaks, and SUP's. But I do have numerous friends that have used them to paddle rivers, lakes, and some ocean around Alaska, as well as other parts of the world too. This includes Class 4 rapids. Yeah, they're that tough. Both my friends and the boats.

A best bud just got back from India where he went over with a friend of his and did prototype testing for Alpacka. His name is Luc Mehl if you'd like to google his name and look at some of his videos.

Another friend up here, named Roman Dial, wrote the book 'PACKRAFTING!'. His name is worth a google as well.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:29 PM   #15
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Any other opinions on these?
I was thinking of getting a inflatable standup paddle board (I have a solid already). But these rafts are much lighter making them easier to travel with.
It won't work on a motorcycle, but I recently saw a porta bote show up on my local craigslist, and it looked pretty functional and easy to throw up on a roof rack and what not. Sturdy enough to mount an outboard motor. I'm figuring as a compact lightweight fishing boat, it makes good sense.

http://www.porta-bote.com/
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