Starting at: $1200
Open, Cargo Fly $1720
Add 'Backband Upgrade' $80
The Explorer 42 (For Two!) is our lightest and most compact multi-person packraft. It’s about half the weight of carrying two single packrafts, which makes it a great choice for pairs doing long traverses that involve shorter days on the water or adventure races that require you to carry your boats. It’s also sized just right for one person to comfortably paddle, which makes it our best boat for bringing kids and pets on adventures. Solo fishermen and hunters will also find the extra space ideal for stowing day gear and packing out medium sized big game animals. The Explorer 42 features our exclusive patent-pending high volume hull design which improves flotation and handling, a seating system based on our self bailer and Whitewater Series seats which increases floor rigidity, and lightweight stainless D-rings which accept a backband for the front paddler.
Cargo Fly Option
The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution. 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. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage, improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity, quicker transitions from packrafting to hiking, and 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. The Cargo Fly is perfect for expeditions, whitewater performance, and keeping your gear dry in any conditions. All Explorer 42 models with a Cargo Fly come standard with our Roll-Top Internal Dry Bags (you can purchase our inflatable Zippered Internal Dry Bags separately in our Accessories & Upgrades Section).
Standard Nylon High Count Fabrics:
210-denier High Count Nylon – Our standard packraft tube fabric is a USA woven 210-denier High Count Nylon, which is coated on one side with a highly UV resistant heavy polyurethane film custom developed by our USA supplier for our packrafts. We only coat one side because it provides significantly higher tear strength than a double coated fabric. Made in the USA fabrics and coatings are more expensive than similar materials sourced overseas, but they provide significantly better urethane adhesion, fabric durability, and overall quality. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Overview – Vectran® is a high-performance multifilament yarn spun from liquid crystal polymer (LCP), which is five times stronger than steel and ten times stronger than aluminum. In a packraft, Vectran® fabrics provide exceptional tear strength and rigidity (due to its lower stretch) than comparable Nylon deniers, which results in a stiffer higher performance hull. While a Vectran® hull is much more resistant to tears than Nylon, it has a lower urethane bond strength and its higher rigidity makes it slightly more prone to punctures. Vectran® is extremely challenging to work with and we have spent years developing techniques to incorporate this advanced fabric into packraft manufacturing. We offer Vectran® in the following weights:
400-denier Vectran® – Our 400-denier Vectran® is the burliest tube fabric in our packraft lineup, but it’s also significantly heavier and bulkier than our other fabrics. It is a great option if you are looking for the toughest boat possible where weight and bulk are not significant considerations.
200-denier and 100-denier Vectran® – For 2017, we have finally been able to source a reliable supply of 200-denier and 100-denier Vectran®. These deniers are our highest performance fabrics and provide almost the same rigidity as the 400-denier, but at a much lighter weight and bulk. The 200-denier version is roughly the same weight and bulk as our 210-denier Nylon, while the 100-denier is approximately 4 to 8 ounces lighter and is our most compact tube fabric. Unfortunately, these fabrics are very expensive (over double the cost of the 400-denier Vectran® and six times the cost of our Nylons) due to their very limited supply. We are working hard to reduce the price and will pass the savings on to you as soon as we can.