All our rafts are Alpacka brand packrafts, in our opinion the best backcountry boats available. We run two sizes of rafts. For larger individuals (6'+), or for special applications such as ferrying two people on river crossings, packing extra weight, or floating game out of a hunt, go with the larger Denali Llama. If you plan to travel raft with a child or dog, or are bringing a lot of equipment along, we have the Fjord Explorer, Alpacka's longest, fastest, and most stable raft. For those under 6' tall, the mid-sized, but still substantial, Yukon Yak will be just right. If you’re 5’11 1/2 just go with the Llama- it’s better to have too much space than too little. However, make sure not to over-boat yourself unnecessarily. Every ounce counts when packing on long treks. If you still can't decide between Llama and Yak, it's not worth lost sleep -- the Llama is just 4 inches longer and 4 ounces heavier than the Yak. Each raft will come with a lightweight inflation bag, and a patch kit.
When planning your packing space, here are some size details on each raft that may help.
LIMITED INVENTORY- BOOK EARLY! The Alpacka Gnu is a canoe-style, two-person packraft great for a variety of uses. The Gnu is incredibly fast with a hull speed almost double the regular rafts. This versatile boat is great for long expeditions, hunting, fishing, adventure racing, flat-water cruising, and can comfortably ferry three people across flat-water. For fishing expeditions the person in the bow kneels and casts, while the person in the rear sits on the stern, using a kayak paddle to navigate. These rafts can sneak into all kinds of holes along the riverbank. Each raft will come with a lightweight inflation bag, and a patch kit. Be sure to rent the Aquabound Shred Apart kayak paddle that easily converts into two canoe paddles.
While the Gnu fits two people, it has the benefit of only being slightly heavier and larger to pack up than a single-person raft. The Gnu size specs are: 8 lb 14 oz; outer length 118 in; inner length 58 in; roll down size 11 in diameter by 24 in length.
We rent Aqua Bound Manta Ray carbon paddles which are sized in the best universal length of 210cm. These paddles are great all around for touring and whitewater up to class 3. This paddle is easily packed, weighs 1.8 pounds and breaks down into 4 pieces for a pack length of around 20 inches. It also has a Posi-Lok® ferrule system which offers 15 degree increment feathering angles.
We rent the Aqua Bound Shred-Apart paddle for special use with our two-person Gnu raft. The paddle easily converts from a single 210cm kayak paddle to a pair of 136cm canoe paddles. The Shred-Apart has a light, rigid carbon fiber shaft and rugged, full-size resin/carbon fiber whitewater blades for use in rocky rivers. Weighing 38 ounces as a kayak paddle and 50 ounces for both paddles with the T grips added, the Shred-Apart combines great durability with the response of a carbon-fiber paddle.
We rent MTI brand PFDs. When choosing your size just go with what your unisex t-shirt size would be. If you'd like to be really sure, here are the measurements that MTI provides:
Trust, us, we're cool. We won't fault you for the regular wear and tear that happens when you're having a great time outdoors. However for damage and replacement, here is our policy:
The price for any of these fees is completely dependent on the item and the amount of damage to it, so we can't give exact numbers here. Just be reasonably cautious with your gear; don't use your paddle to push off of rocks; and dry everything really well before you ship it back, and you'll be set!