Packraft Store

Welcome to Packraft Europe! We are Alpacka Raft distributors for the European Union and deliver Alpacka packrafts and packrafting equipment to any country within the EU.

In our packrafting store we provide high quality packrafts and equipment, specifically chosen for performance, durability and safety. We are passionate packrafters and have tried and tested every brand in our store and only offer the products we stand 100% behind. This is the same gear we personally use and trust. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or just learning, we want to make sure you get the best advice and gear for YOU. Contact us now for specialized service and advice. We are happy to help.

“Great and friendly service! Got my gear pretty fast”

Iiro, Finland

“Seon und Michaela haben mich nicht nur erstklassig bei der Auswahl des Packraft (ein Gnarwhal) sondern auch bei allen anderen Punkten, wie z.b. Paddel beraten. Ich habe zu jeder Zeit superschnelle Antworten und viele Tips rund um das Packrafting bekommen. Alles war nach 4 Wochen schon da – jetzt steht der Soca Tour nichts mehr im Weg. Ein super Service der beiden – Herzlichen Dank noch einmal und ich hoffe, dass ich bald mal ‚see you on the river‘ sagen kann!”

Harald, Germany

“J’ai aimé votre site pour son côté familial et surtout on sent bien la passion qui vous anime. Du coup, j’ai commandé chez vous.“ / "I loved your site for its human feel and above all I can feel the passion that drives you”

Patrice, France

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We care deeply for our natural world, and believe that once someone has paddled a river or explored a wild place they will also be inspired to do what they can to help protect it.

We are passionate about protecting what few wild rivers and forests remain in the world. Although we are only a young family business we feel it is our duty to do what we can. As individuals, parents and business owners it is our responsibility to ensure future generations still have these wild places to explore. We encourage everyone to get outside, take a hike, explore a forest and paddle a river.

1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual membership and everyday actions.

As members of the 1% for the planet network we pledge 1% of our total annual sales to grassroots environmental groups to help protect the rivers of Europe. Find out how you can join us in helping to protect the rivers we all love.

Packraft Whitewater Rescue Courses

Packraft Europe is the first Rescue 3 Europe training provider dedicated to and specializing in Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) training and certification for packrafters.

Whitewater rescue training provides the knowledge, skills and training needed to identify the risks and hazards involved in moving water and the techniques needed to help avoid these risks, to self rescue, and to help others in a rescue scenario.

Blog posts

2018 European Packrafting Meet up. Group paddle of the Soca River

2019 Packrafting Meet-ups and Destinations

It's the beginning of a new year and like us you are probably starting to plan which trips to take and which meet ups and events to attend. To make the decision easier, we have written a month by month overview with the main packrafting meet-ups and destinations listed. Get ready for a great year of packrafting ! 

Alpacka Forager in whitewater during packrafting meet up.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for packrafting in whitewater.

This is blog post is aimed at paddling whitewater class II and above. However the gear presented below will be of benefit in any whitewater or paddling environment.
Gear is not a substitute for Training, Practice, Experience and Judgement.
European Packrafting Meet-up, Soca River 2018

European Packrafting Meetup, Soca River 2018

Wow, what a weekend! We kept repeating this phrase again and again while reluctantly driving away from Camp Liza which was our base for the 4 day meet-up. It seemed weeks ago that we had arrived along the same road, full of excitement about the upcoming event.

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Our Story

We are Seon and Michaela Crockford-Laserer, outdoor enthusiasts at heart and passionate about being in nature. We are equally in love with both mountains and rivers, land and water. We came across the concept of packrafting in 2014 and we knew then that this would be a game changer.

A packraft opens up endless possibilities for exploration, adventure and new ways for us to connect with nature and each other. Our imaginations ran wild as we looked at maps and wilderness areas in a new way.

Packrafts allow us to go further, longer, and to places that would otherwise be out of reach, this is especially true now that we are a family with young children. Since we began packrafting we have paddled, hiked and biked our way through New Zealand, USA and Europe. We are now based in Gosau, a small mountain village where Michaela was born in the Salzkammergut region of the Austrian Alps.

When we first discovered packrafts, Seon (being a bit of a self confessed gear nerd) did what he always does when he discovers a new passion: Hours, days and weeks were spent researching everything there was to know about these little inflatable boats. It became clear very quickly that there was only one packraft to get if you were serious about quality, performance, durability and safety. In 2014 we bought our first Alpacka, a red Yak with a whitewater deck and cargo fly which we very quickly added thigh straps to. Needless to say we fell in love.

Before we began our packrafting store, we were very clear about why we were turning our passion into our profession. We view business as a tool, and as such we choose to use this tool to create positive change in the world. To help protect the places we love and inspire people to get outside and connect with nature.

It starts with quality. If you are far away from civilization, paddling with children or in technical whitewater you have to be able to depend on your gear. When it comes to choosing our own personal outdoor gear we refuse to compromise on quality, performance, durability or safety. We apply the same philosophy to the products we offer our customers. Quality gear is also more enjoyable to use, and lasts longer, meaning ultimately there are less resources used and less burden on our planet.

A packraft is an amazing piece of gear that makes it easier for us to reconnect with ourselves and the natural world. When we go packrafting we discover places untouched by humans, rivers that still flow wild and free, we realize too few still exist, and too many are under threat. We aim to inspire people to protect the remaining rivers and river landscapes that are still in a natural and relatively free flowing state. We use our business to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the organizations that are working hard to establish long term permanent protection of Europe's last wild and free flowing rivers.

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