Mar 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm #1300933
As many of you know, I have tried to get a light weight pack raft to market, for several years now. Here it is!
Presale price is good through the 8th of April.Mar 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm #1969908
@mtnjimLocale: Shenandoah Valley VA
What is weight capacity?
THANKSMar 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm #1969921
Good question, ~250lbs, maybe more.Mar 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm #1969926
@vigilguyLocale: Northern Utah
Klymit told me 350 lbs, enough for person and their gear.
Good job, Josh! Glad you had a lot to do with this! Flyfishermen have needed something like this ever since Curtis Designs quit making a decent light raft for alpine lakes.
CharlieMar 27, 2013 at 12:18 am #1970024
Any trekking pole/paddle options?
MattMar 27, 2013 at 5:01 am #1970037
Hard to argue with 25oz – that's amazing for a calm water boat.
Regarding paddles, Alpacka's trekking pole blades are darn light (3oz) and good for fishing. You can figure out ways to make them work with other brands of poles, or use Alpacka's full 'Ninja' setup for 15oz.Mar 27, 2013 at 6:18 am #1970051
That Alpacka paddle is almost as much as the raft…..ouch.
That said, looks perfect.
MMar 27, 2013 at 7:27 am #1970073
@curtpetersonLocale: Pacific Northwest
Is your UL version the same exact dimensions as the Klymit one, but just in a lighter fabric?Mar 27, 2013 at 8:33 am #1970093
Exact same size, and features, as the regular Klymit LWD, just constructed with lighter fabric. The Klymit LWD uses 210 denier fabric, while the LWD-UL uses 75 denier fabric, similar to what the old Curtis designs rafts were constructed from.
I would say that 350lbs number is a very top end number.
The Alpacka paddles would be an awesome way to go. I plan on doing some hand paddles in the future also.Mar 27, 2013 at 10:16 am #1970138
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Josh, this looks great.
I'm glad I waited (held off on a Flyte, it had the same issues you are trying to solve).
I do wish you would add a couple tie off loops fore and aft, for a bow or stern anchor line. the slightest wind will blow these things all over the lake. You need a bow or stern option so you don't have to cast backwards and have to look over your shoulder to fish, if the wind is blowing the wrong direction; and I'm not talking about very much wind (even a small breeze will turn the boat around).
And some "Velcro like" hold downs for the rod or paddle when not in use. I use a real paddle because I like to be able to move quickly when the fish move (or when they are not where I'm at but I can see where they are and want to get there before they move again)
I know these kinds of things add weight (though minimal) they are necessary (unless you are just looking for a pool toy). Kind of like having a baseball cap without a brim, though it is functional is doesn't serve its intended purpose.Mar 27, 2013 at 11:07 am #1970164
There are 2 stern tie offs, and 2 bow tie offs, along with 2 more that are near the bow. They are not easy to see in the pictures, because they are integrated into the seam. They get welded into the seam, and are reinforced. I like the Velcro, hold down idea. It should be pretty easy to seam grip Velcro onto the raft where needed. Would not add very much weight at all.Mar 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm #1970219
@cfrey-0Locale: US East Coast
This is no good.
I read somewhere that cottage manufacturing was dead. Why are you still innovating things I want to buy?Mar 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #1970221
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Thanks Josh- the tie off seem to be well thought out.Jul 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm #2004564
currently in stock.
any earlier adopters care to give a quick review? thanksJul 20, 2013 at 10:00 am #2007848
Anybody know what the paddles in the pic are on Ruta Locuras site?
Can this be used as your sleeping pad as well? Is it Multiple air chambers?Jul 21, 2013 at 9:12 am #2008021
@lunchandynnerLocale: Pacific Northwest
From the looks of it, I think it only has the main perimeter chamber plus a little seat cushion section. You could probably just use a torso length pad and semi inflate/fold the dinghy to use for your bottom half.Jul 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm #2008091
Thanks for posting about this.
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