Posted by Logan Watts
“Thirty-one years ago I had never heard of anybody else lashing a bike onto a boat before. It was my own idea, with my first mountain bike in 1987. I wanted to explore an area for moose hunting on the far side of the Delta River, a big glacier-fed river in the Alaska Range. I used a Sherpa Packraft to get across. I rode buffalo trails, ended up shooting a moose, used the bike to wheel meat to the river, and then I ferried it all over in my raft.” ~ Alpacka Ambassador, Roman Dial.
The forthcoming Caribou Packraft — set for an official launch in March — features an innovative bow design making it an excellent front end loader, purpose built for bikerafting. “With a bow unlike any other in the industry, this packraft provides a broad and stable platform for mounting these bulky and heavy items and supporting them higher and drier when the boat is in the water,” claims Alpacka.
In order to keep the weight and bulk to a minimum, Alpacka utilized the same lightweight 210-denier fabric as the Scout and the 840-denier floor featured in their other packrafts. According to Alpacka, the boat is still plenty durable and the result is an ultralight, full-size bikeraft that rolls up small for stashing in a pack or on your handlebar roll. The Caribou is also available with a Cargo Fly, for keeping bulky gear on the bow and loose gear inside and dry.
Alpacka Caribou Features
- Ultralight – The lightest and most packable full-size packraft in their lineup.
- 210-Denier Lightweight Nylon (same as the Scout) with 840-denier Floor (same as standard packrafts)
- New Bow Design – Front end loader designed to carry bikes, full sized packs, big game, and other heavy loads, while keeping the boat balanced in and out of the water
- 4 Bow Strap Plates – Oriented for attaching a bike frame with straps
- Bow Handle – Provides a convenient carrying point for portaging and entering or exiting the water
- Cargo Fly Option
- New Color – Available in Mallard Green (also available in Persimmon)
- Starting at $795 and ~5lbs
Stay tuned for more and find more info at AlpackaRaft.com.