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fishpro 06-29-2020 08:59 PM

Ultralight Pack Rafts
Does anyone here have any experience using ultralight pack rafts?* I'm thinking of picking one up for alpine lakes (lighter than carrying in a float tube, waders, flippers, etc.).* I've heard decent things about the Klymit Litewater Dinghy, but have also heard that it tends to take on a bit of water.

If so, what have you used?* Also, are there any available locally?

ecsuplander 06-30-2020 08:00 AM $ 208.00

ratliw 07-16-2020 12:28 PM

I have Alpaca packrafts. They are light, high end, and are expensive. They are wonderful for getting to the back end of alpine lakes, way farther than you could ever kick to on a float tube. Fast enough to paddle that you can chase down risers, or position yourself for visible fish. Not nearly as nice a fishing platform as a float tube though - they swing in the wind a lot. I use a cloth bag on a light rope as a bit of a sea anchor, or actually anchor with a rock in a bag. Boat, paddle, CO2 cartridge vest, gear, and pack are barely over 20 pounds.

wind drift 07-16-2020 06:56 PM

I have that Klymit dinghy. Wouldn’t call it a fishing boat. More like a PFD for me and my pack on a forced portage. Beats swimming, but not by a bunch.

I’m not a large human; full sized versions will be less dry.

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