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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.

Luke Schmidt, Fortress Lake, British Columbia, Kokopelli Nirvana Packraft Performance Review
The author in a Kokopelli Nirvana packraft on Fortress Lake in British Columbia. This was part of an 11-day expedition down the Wood River and Whirlpool River in British Columbia.

Watch the video below to see the fun that went into to testing this packraft.

YouTube video

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 ‚Äď 210 denier double coated nylon, 1‚ÄĚ (2.54 cm) seam welds, reinforced seam tape over all seams
  • Floor Construction ‚Äď 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. ¬†¬†¬†

Field Testing

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