|Small (Alpaca)||Medium (Yak)||Large (Llama)||X-Large||One-Size|
|Model||Build Option||Weight||Packed Size||Weight||Packed Size||Weight||Packed Size||Weight||Packed Size||Weight||Packed Size|
|Classic||Open (OP)||5.5lb | 2.51kg||16x6.5in | 41x17cm||5.7lb | 2.58kg||16x7in | 41x18cm||5.8lb | 2.65kg||16x7.5in | 41x19cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||5.8lb | 2.62kg||16x6.5in | 41x17cm||5.9lb | 2.69kg||16x7in | 41x18cm||6.1lb | 2.76kg||16x7.5in | 41x19cm|
|Cruiser Deck (CR)||6.7lb | 3.04kg||17x6.5in | 43x17cm||6.8lb | 3.06kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||7.0lb | 3.18kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm|
|CR | CF||6.9lb | 3.13kg||17x6.5in | 43x17cm||7.0lb | 3.18kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||7.2lb | 3.27kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm|
|Whitewater Deck (WW)||7.0lb | 3.17kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||7.1lb | 3.23kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||7.4lb | 3.33kg||17x8in | 43x20cm|
|WW | CF||7.2lb | 3.28kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||7.4lb | 3.35kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||7.6lb | 3.45kg||17x8in | 43x20cm|
|Removable Whitewater Deck (WR)||7.3lb | 3.31kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||7.4lb | 3.35kg||17x8in | 43x20cm||7.7lb | 3.49kg||17x8.5in | 43x22cm|
|WR | CF||7.5lb | 3.40kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||7.6lb | 3.46kg||17x8in | 43x20cm||7.9lb | 3.58kg||17x8.5in | 43x22cm|
|Self Bailer (SB)||6.3lb | 2.86kg||17x6.5in | 43x17cm||6.5lb | 2.95kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||6.8lb | 3.08kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm|
|SB | CF||6.6lb | 2.97kg||17x6.5in | 43x17cm||6.8lb | 3.07kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||7.0lb | 3.19kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm|
|Expedition||Whitewater Deck (WW)||7.9lb | 3.60kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||8.1lb | 3.66kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||8.2lb | 3.71kg||17x8in | 43x20cm|
|Removable Whitewater Deck (WR)||8.1lb | 3.69kg||17x7in | 43x18cm||8.3lb | 3.74kg||17x7.5in | 43x19cm||8.4lb | 3.80kg 17x8in | 43x20cm|
|Mule||Open (OP)||7.0lb | 3.18kg||18x7in | 46x18cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||7.3lb | 3.29kg||18x7in | 46x18cm|
|Cruiser Deck (CR)||8.3lb | 3.74kg||18x8in | 46x20cm|
|CR | CF||8.5lb | 3.86kg||18x8in | 46x20cm|
|Removable Whitewater Deck (WR)||8.8lb | 4.00kg||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
|WR | CF||9.1lb | 4.11kg||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
|Self Bailer (SB)||8.0lb | 3.63kg||18x8in | 46x20cm|
|SB | CF||8.3lb | 3.74kg||18x8in | 46x20cm|
|Wolverine||Whitewater Deck (WW)||8.6lb | 3.90kg||18x7.5in | 46x19cm||8.8lb | 4.00kg||18x8in | 46x20cm||9.1lb | 4.12kg||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
|Gnarwhal||Self Bailer (SB)||7.7lb | 3.50kg||20x7in | 51x18cm||7.9lb | 3.57kg||20x7.5in | 51x19cm||8.1lb | 3.69kg||20x8in | 51x20cm||8.4lb | 3.82kg||20x8.5in | 51x22m|
|Whitewater Deck (WW)||9.0lb | 4.08kg||20x9.5in | 51x24m||9.2lb | 4.17kg||20x9.5in | 51x24m||9.4lb | 4.26kg||20x10in | 51x25m||9.6lb | 4.35kg||20x10in | 51x25m|
|Explorer 42||Open (OP)||8.0lb | 3.63kg||19x7.5in | 48x19cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||8.3lb | 3.74kg||19x7.5in | 48x19cm|
|Oryx||Touring OP||10.8lb | 4.90kg||19x8.25in | 48x21cm|
|Forager||Self Bailer (SB)||13.4lb | 6.10kg||20x10in | 51x25cm|
|Scout||Open (OP)||3.25lb | 1.47kg||15x5in | 38x13cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||3.44lb | 1.56kg||15x5in | 38x13cm|
|Caribou||Open (OP)||4.8lb | 2.15kg||17x6in | 43x15cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||5.0lb | 2.27kg||17x6in | 43x15cm|
|Gnu||Open (OP)||10.6lb | 4.82kg||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
|Open (OP) | Cargo Fly (CF)||10.9lb | 4.93kg||18x8.5in | 46x22cm|
Your sit length, not your height, determines your boat size. Follow these steps to determine your sit length:
Place the starting end of a tape measure against a wall and pull out at least 48-inches of tape.
Sit against the wall on top of or right next to the tape measure and extend your legs out flat without pointing your toes. We recommend wearing your preferred paddling shoes for this step.
Have a friend measure the tape length to the bottom of your heels. Use a cardboard box if you don’t have an assistant. The distance from the wall to your heels is your sit length.
Our recommended size is based on your sit length and the boat’s fit profile. If your sit length is in between our recommended sizes, we recommend the following:
Alpacka Raft started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey, the design genius behind all of our products, and her son Thor, who had just completed a 600-mile packrafting traverse of Alaska’s Brooks Range and had some ideas for how to make a better-performing packraft.
Sheri’s journey began in the late 60’s, when she fled the socialite circles of Phoenix, Ariz., for the river-rat/ski-bum life of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Her grandmother had taught her how to sew. And while in Jackson she founded “Design by Sheri,” a custom ski clothing shop and one of the first modern outdoor clothing companies. Also an avid kayaker, she brought one of the first whitewater kayaks to Jackson. In the early 80’s, Sheri sold her original gear business to raise a family, and it’s only fitting she got back into it as a result of her son.
Thor was born in Jackson, but the family moved to Denali Park, Alaska in 1981 where Thor’s father worked for the National Park Service. He spent his childhood immersed in the outdoors, and with his family, did everything from backpacking, to river trips, to mountaineering, to dog mushing, to hunting and fishing.
In the late 1980s, the Tingeys met Roman Dial when he left a mountain bike at the their house while on a trip to Denali. A college professor from Anchorage, Roman had become one of Alaska’s most prolific adventurers and was also an early adopter of the packraft, after being introduced to one during the Wilderness Classic adventure race. In fact, he and his partners would make the cover of National Geographic for a 700-mile traverse of the Alaska Range via mountain bikes and packraft in 1992. Read about their trip here.
In 1996, Thor started college at Colorado College (“CC”) in Colorado Springs. The Ritt Kellog Memorial Fund had recently started a grant program to fund outdoor expeditions for CC students. Thor talked with his parents about ideas for a grand expedition, and they suggested that he meet with Roman, who in turn suggested Thor hike and packraft a 160-mile portion of his Alaska Range traverse. After he and four college friends received the new grant, they completed the trip in the summer of 1998 and were hooked. In 2000, they received a second Ritt Kellog Fund grant and spent 39 days traversing 600-miles of the Brooks Range.
However, according to Thor, the packrafts they used for these two traverses were wholly inadequate. Roman had used a Sherpa packraft for his trips, but they had been discontinued in the 1980s. Thor used a Sevylor Trail Boat, which was great for kicking around the local lake, but not durable or river-worthy enough for an Alaskan traverse. It was at this point that Thor asked his mom to build him a raft.
Sheri brought her decades of kayaking and clothing design experience and Thor brought his ideas for what would be suitable for his backcountry needs. That first boat, the “White Boat,” was made out of heavy white nylon with a urethane coating on one side with 12-inch diameter tubes and an upturned bow, all sealed together using a hot air gun, a roller, and a lot of Aquaseal®. The new design took the packraft world by storm, and the rest is history.
Today, every Alpacka Raft packraft is manufactured by hand in our Mancos, Colo., factory by skilled craftsmen and women that are dedicated to their craft. The current models are the product of years of experiments, re-design, and great feedback from the boating community.
Sheri remains our head designer. Thor rejoined the company in 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer, handling our day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and design assistance. And Thor’s wife, Sarah is the Chief Operating Officer, doing everything from planning outreach events, to partnering with nonprofits, to giving Sheri’s latest creation a whirl on the water. On any given day, up to 50% of our shop staff may be dogs.
We continue to build tiny, little boats for those who demand something unreasonable from them. Our designs and innovation have refined and defined the sport, and with the help of adventurers all over the world, pushed packrafting further than we ever thought possible.
Premium parts and materials are essential to producing the highest quality packrafts. Over the years we have tested parts and materials from around the globe, and our test results have shown that our Made in USA materials simply cannot be matched for quality, durability, and performance.
Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a fabric by its denier and coating. The yarn and weave of the material combined with the chemistry and application of the polyurethane (PU) laminates are critical to the performance packraft fabric. Our fabrics have the highest tear strength, PU adhesion, UV protection, and long term durability in the industry. We have been making packrafts almost two decades and many of our original models are still going strong.
Our seats manufactured from a mix of Made in USA 200-denier oxford, 210-denier high count, and 210-denier diamond ripstop nylons, each single side coated with a lightweight PU laminate, depending on durability, weight, and packability considerations.
All of our spray decks are manufactured from a Made in USA 70-denier ripstop nylon with an ultralight single sided pigmented polyurethane coating. Our spray skirts are manufactured from an imported 30-denier nylon coated with an ultralight PU laminate on one side and an ultralight silicone coating on the other side.
All of our small parts are Made in USA, when available, and sourced from industry leaders like Duraflex, YKK, and ITW-Nexus. Our Cargo Fly zippers are Made in Germany by Ti-Zip.