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Old 08-30-2021, 09:39 PM   #11
wiiawiwb
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I've recently been looking at getting a packraft and one from Alpacka. They fit an interesting niche or two.

You can carry them in your backpack and go to places not practical, or maybe even possible, with a light kayak or canoe. Moreover, they are much lighter than almost all Hornbecks yet can carry substantial loads. The tradeoff is they cannot paddle with the speed or grace or a canoe or kayak and are susceptible to being blown around on the water.

My use would be for remote ponds/lakes that you have to backpack into. The problem with packrafts is they are not available anywhere in the Adirondacks, that I am aware, to view, touch, and get a sense for. You have to buy online, spending a substantial amount of money, and hope for the best.
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