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Old 08-10-17, 06:18 AM   #1
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Packraft recommendation

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I am thinking to buy a Packraft to carry on my tours,I really don t have much experience so I am not planning to do crazy rivers at the moment
Could someone recommend me a model must be light and big to carry my bike and all my panniers?
In Germany I can get the Adventure x2 or Microraft not sure which one?
Do I need to get one with spray deck?

MRS Adventure X2 - Anfibio Packrafting Store
MRS Microraft (mit Spritzdecke) - Anfibio Packrafting Store

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Old 08-10-17, 07:28 AM   #2
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Recommendations on the boat itself is probably a question better suited for a whitewater/boating forum.

Don't forget the need to carry a pump and paddles. I'd imagine all that would take up the better part of two panniers.
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You don t need to carry a pump and the paddles are very small too
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Out of curiosity, how do you inflate without a pump. The specs mention an "inflation bag." What is that?


BTW...That second one has an interior width of only 35 cm. And the L/XL size has an interior length of only 125 cm. How do you envision fitting your body, a bike and all your gear in that space?

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check it
Extra Inflation Bag - Alpacka Raft LLC
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I agree that a boating or kayak forum will yield better results. The only aspect of it that is bike-specific is storage capacity and how small it folds down. Those two factors are going to be important to more than just cyclists, so you still might find that info even if it's not in relation to bikes.

I have read a few blogs and trip reports involving packrafts and bikes. The main company that comes up is Alpacka. A number of their rafts seem suitable. It just becomes a trade off in which the bigger the raft, the easier it will be to attach all of your luggage and you bike, and the harder it will be to carry on your bike.

If you're not talking about whitewater rafting, I'm guessing a spraydeck would be entirely optional. The pictures I've seen of people packrafting with a bike attached usually do not have a spraydeck. It might even be that attaching your bike to the raft makes using a spraydeck difficult.

While I've been lusting after an Alpacka for years, I know that I have other projects and expenses that are going to make the price of a packraft hard to justify, especially since it's unclear how much use I'd get from it. So I have been looking seriously at this one: https://www.klymit.com/litewater-dinghy.html
Not really in the same league as Alpacka, from what I had read, but considering I mainly want to occasionally cross some calm water or float down a lazy river, it seems like it might do the trick. Or least give me an idea of how much I would use a packraft without making my piggy bank cry.
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A folding bike+packraft tour of the Shetland Islands, south to north:

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Here's my rig.



Haven't paired it with a bicycle, or bicycle touring yet, but it would probably be work great with my ultra-compact touring rig (Brompton + 30L T-bag).

I think it all weighs ~11 lbs and can be set-up in <10 mins. The spray deck is worthwhile if you want to do whitewater or paddle when it's cold out, but calm water/summer use, it's kind of a pain (more stuff to dry out). Keep in mind these things are pretty slow on water - don't expect much more than 1mph without a huge effort, and if there's any wind....
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