The Kokopelli Nirvana packraft performs well in whitewater; it is durable, well-made, and competitively priced. I can easily recommend it to anyone interested in a serious wilderness packraft. Its only weakness is the fact that it is a bit heavier and bulkier than packrafts made by the competition.
The Kokopelli Nirvana packraft is a durable and affordable packraft for those interested in doing serious whitewater or big expeditions where losing a raft could be dangerous.
Watch the video below to see the fun that went into to testing this packraft.
Specifications (2016 boats)
- Packraft + Inflatable Seat Weight- 8 pounds 7 oz. (3827.19 g)(add 3.4 ounces [96.39 g] for Tizip)
- Inflation Bag- 4 oz. (113.40 g) (Inflation Time: 3 minutes)
- Chambers- 2
- Outside Length: 90″ (228.6 cm)
- Outside Width: 37″ (93.98 cm)
- Tube Diameter- 11″ (27.94 cm)
- Load Capacity- 300 pounds (136.08 kg)
- Sidewall Construction – 210 denier double coated nylon, 1” (2.54 cm) seam welds, reinforced seam tape over all seams
- Floor Construction – 840 denier double coated nylon, v-tape floor construction for added durability
The Nirvana packraft gets many small details right.
- The seat and backrest can be adjusted back and forth using webbing straps.
- The same material comprises the spray deck and the boat. This construction makes the boat much harder to rip in whitewater. Having torn an Alpacka spray deck (non-whitewater version) in relatively small rapids, I appreciate this.
- The mouth valve is one way, making it easier to force air into the boat. You can get a lot more air pressure into a Kokopelli packraft than an Alpacka packraft.
- The boat is very good at retaining air. Other packrafts typically require a few re-inflations per day. With the Kokopelli, this was rarely needed.