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For 17 years running, they have been the unquestioned leader of packrafting innovation, performance, and quality. From a day at your local river, to epic traverses across the most remote locations on the planet, to self-supported Grand Canyon trips, the Alpacka Series is time tested and proven as the highest performance, most trusted, and most reliable packraft on earth.
The Whitewater Deck is the driest and warmest configuration, and our recommendation for cold climates with significant whitewater. This is also a good choice for any paddler that wants to stay as dry and warm as possible. It utilizes a hard boat style coaming/skirt set-up. This allows you to completely seal the boat, and make a safe wet-exit. If you are wanting to venture into the waves, the whitewater deck is the choice!
The 2017 Whitewater Deck is an updated design with a larger cockpit, one-piece coaming, and a more secure Velcro free spray skirt/deck interface. All Whitewater Deck Alpacka Raft models come with the Whitewater Deck, 1-piece coaming, ultralight Sil-Nylon spray skirt, standard seat, and an inflatable backrest. Looking do hit big drops and huge holes? Check out the Gnarwhal or Alpacalypse.
Adding the Cargo Fly to the boats increases the versatility exponentially. The three-piece system utilizes an airtight and watertight zipper installed in the stern of the boat together with two gear storage dry bags which are clipped in place along the inside of the raft tubes. Not only do you get greater storage capacity (2-60+ liter internal dry bags), but a better handling boat!
By moving weight closer to the paddler, you maintain a more natural position in the water. This keeps the tail engaged, and increases tracking. You also get a much clearer line of sight without all those bags on the front! The internal dry bags act as additional balanced air chambers for increased safety (even over a two-chamber packraft) in the event of a puncture.
For 2017, the classic design remains but with a few tweaks to make it better than ever. With the addition of a new one-way valve that offers high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick turn of the valve core, two lightweight welded stainless D-rings for installing our custom foam backband, and two ultralight handles installed on the inside of the tubes for easier carrying and portaging, these might be the best Packrafts yet.