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new air-tight zippers being used for stowing gear inside the Alpacka packraft's air chamber

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Post by riverogue on Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:10 am

https://www.alpackaraft.com/index.cfm/store.catalog?categoryID=65

This set-up includes two inflatable dry bags that double as emergency air chambers. They are placed inside the packraft's stern through an air tight zipper. It would be cool if other IK manufacturers incorporated this technology as well.

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Re: new air-tight zippers being used for stowing gear inside the Alpacka packraft's air chamber

Post by dman on Thu 24 Jan 2013, 1:28 pm

That's a great idea, I saw it the other day and decided I wouldn't order a boat without that. It also makes the handling better by lowering the CG.

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Re: new air-tight zippers being used for stowing gear inside the Alpacka packraft's air chamber

Post by riverogue on Thu 24 Jan 2013, 7:01 pm

I think that it is a great idea. I think that Im going to wait and see how it works with the masses first. I am a little concerned with my willingness to always keep it clean and lubed. Also, with my drysuit zipper, I ripped through the threads keeping the teeth aligned in 5 different places. Maybe it was from the combonation of dry rot, stuffing the suit in my bags, and unzipping it properly

While swimming on a swift highwater river, The raft can be a bit more difficult to turn upright when it has a heavy pack strapped to the bow. With the internal storage, it would be easier to roll.

Alpacka also has Dory inflatable cushion that provides more contact with the raft, and a more comfortable seat that lifts the butt up higher than their traditional bucket seat. You can buy this seat as an option for any raft, except the scout and it new big brother. I found that that when my butt is higher off the bottom, it increases my paddle reach, bracing ability, and manueverability. I also stuff an inflated silk pillow or dry bag for foot braces because I have the Llama, which is to long for me. I could probably just move my seat forward though.

Here is a good how to giude for installing thigh straps. One of the commenters mentioned a new packraft coming out this year named the Orca. It is supposed to be more specialized for whitewater.
http://thingstolucat.com/pimp-my-packraft/
According to Roman Dial, the Orca comes with a teflon bottom for sliding over rocks, padded aluminum thigh braces, and it is compatable with hardshell kayak sprayskirts.
http://packrafting.blogspot.com/2012/01/soft-shells-on-tellico-ledges.html


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