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Dreams do come true! Far more than adding thigh straps to our standard packraft, the Gnarwhal is an evolutionary leap in packrafting performance.
The Gnarwhal combines an all new 12-inch diameter high volume hull with a Cargo Fly and the latest innovations in seating, backband, and thigh straps. This enables a new level of performance and comfort that will change what you think a packraft can do.
The heart of the Gnarwhal is the new 12-inch high-volume stern and hull design that maximizes stability, predictability, and forgiveness in challenging whitewater. No other packraft comes close when taking on steep creeks, fast glacial rivers, and Grand Canyon sized waves, boils, and eddy lines.
The Gnarwhal cockpit comes standard with our custom foam backband, patent pending 4-point thigh strap system, and whitewater seating system. This new seat consists of a 3/4 length inflatable seat with an inflatable footrest. This all adds up to a combat rollable boat with extraordinary comfort and packability. Our Cargo Fly system also comes standard on the Gnarwhal, and the high-volume hull allows you to carry more gear than ever before without compromising balance.
New for 2017, the Removable WW Deck features the same cockpit as the standard Whitewater Deck but with the increased flexibility of a water-resistant perimeter zipper allowing you to convert to an open boat for more relaxing days. The Removable WW Deck is a great choice for anyone seeking to maximize the versatility of their boat. If you are planning to paddle in significant whitewater or get cold easily, the standard Whitewater Deck is a better option. Water can still seep in through the zipper (similar to the Cruiser deck). All models come with the Removable Whitewater Deck, 1-piece coaming and ultralight Sil-Nylon spray skirt.
The Gnarwhal fit does not correspond to the Alpacka Series. The Gnarwhal uses the paddler's inseam, as the sizing is based on the effective cockpit length. Proper fit is based on achieving sufficient knee bend between the backband and the foot brace to fully engage the thigh straps. If you are on the border of sizing, we recommend sizing down to the smaller size as the backband is easier to adjust to a longer inseam.