Mt Waddington's Outdoors

BHA Forager

Alpacka’s largest and burliest packraft, the self-bailing Forager delivers two-person seating and massive cargo capacity in a super stable backpackable package. For the backcountry hunter, the Forager will comfortably transport one person and a full moose out of the most remote areas. For the backcountry fisherman, the Forager is the perfect micro drift boat where the rear passenger controls the boat with a kayak paddle and the front person fishes off the bow. Perfect for travel, fly-in trips, or getting into the small mountain and coastal rivers where larger rafts can’t navigate or portage. A portion of proceeds from all sales of BHA Series packrafts will be donated to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers®.

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Description

It’s one thing to hike in 20 miles to get to the best hunting areas, but its an entirely different thing to try and pack out if you fill your tag. With large animals like moose and elk, a twenty-mile pack out often isn’t a feasible option. But, if you have a Forager, all you need is a small creek or river to get back home quickly and comfortably. The Forager is light enough to backpack for two. Yet, it will comfortably carry hundreds of pounds of cargo. You can put all of your overnight gear inside the tubes with the XL Cargo Fly system while lashing full game bags to the top and front of the boat. The Forager is small enough to be comfortably paddled by one person when hunting large big game like moose and elk, but large enough to accommodate two paddlers for smaller animals like deer and sheep. Its also a perfect backcountry drift boat for fishing. Hike it in a few miles, down steep canyon access where normal boats can’t go, tucking into small coastal rivers with lots of tree portages, or flying anywhere in the world. It truly opens up a whole new world of access possibilities for the backcountry hunter and angler.

Due to the seating configuration, the Forager is best paddled with a canoe style paddle. However, it can be paddled by a single stern paddler with a kayak paddle so that the front paddler can fish, take pictures, make lunch, etc. We recommend the Aquabound Shred-Apart paddle with the Forager, with the 240cm version being preferred.

Additional information

Weight 6.1 kg

Features

  • Manufacturing: Made to Order in Mancos, Colorado
  • Shape: Cargo Hull
  • Tube Diameter: 13.1-inch
  • Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation
  • Attachments: 2 bow D-ring grab loops, 2 stern D-ring grab loops, 8 lightweight D-rings on sides for lashing cargo, and 1 bow handle with 2 d-rings
  • Seating: Full length inflatable floor, optional platform seat for front passenger
  • Build Configurations: Self Bailing
  • Cargo Fly: Standard (roll-top internal dry bags sold separately)
  • Materials: Proprietary 420-denier nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA).
  • Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit
  • Recommended Gear: Aqua-Bound Shred-Apart 240cm PaddleAstral V-8 PFD for backcountry or Astral YTV PFD for whitewater, Kokatat Swift Entry Drysuit for whitewater
  •  AQUASEAL WARNING: Using the Aquaseal in the repair kit will expose you to toluene, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Sizing and Specifications

Exterior Length 124in | 315cm
Exterior Width 43in | 109cm
Interior Length 70in | 178cm
Interior Width 18in | 46cm
Weight* 13.4lb | 6.10kg
Packed Size** 20x10in | 51x25cm
Max Capacity*** 1000lb | 453kg

*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. There are many other methods of rolling and folding the boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing depending on the situation.
***Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.

Build Configurations

Self Bailing: The Forager is available only in a self bailing configuration.

Cargo Fly Zipper: Our Cargo Fly internal storage system comes standard on the Forager. Extra-large roll top internal dry bags may be purchased separately. The Cargo Fly features an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat to allow you to store your gear inside the tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage and improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity.

Materials

Hull:

Cedar Green: Proprietary 420-denier nylon, single side laminated with pigmented polyurethane film (Made in USA)
Kuiu Verde 2.0: 330-denier Cordura Nylon, single side laminated with clear polyurethane film (imported fabric, laminated in USA).
Floor: Proprietary 840-denier ballistics nylon, laminated on both sides with polyurethane film (Made in USA).

Seating: 200-denier oxford nylon and 210-denier high count nylons, with proprietary polyurethane laminate films (Made in USA).

Accessories: All grab loops and similar attachments are manufactured in house in Mancos, Colorado out of scrap floor materials and USA made webbing. Small parts and fasteners are Made in USA, when available, and sourced from industry leaders like Duraflex, YKK, and ITW-Nexus.

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