WHY CHOOSE ALPACKA RAFT?

THE ORIGINAL

Alpacka Raft created the modern packraft, they have been producing packrafts for over 20 years. They are the original and still the best.

Tried and tested in the most extreme expeditions around the world. Quality, Performance, Durability, Safety, no other packraft comes close to an Alpacka. Alpacka Raft's bottom line is driven by passion, dedication to design, innovation, and creating the best packrafts available. Period.

THE LEADERS IN INNOVATION

Alpacka Raft is dedicated to innovation and creating the best packrafts on the planet. As a result they remain the industry leaders in packraft innovation and design. They are often copied and many of the designs and innovations you see on other packrafts originated from Alpacka: from the classic hull shape to the waterproof zippered cargo fly for internal gear storage, and more recently the Valkyrie drop stitched stern, the list goes on.

HANDCRAFTED

All Alpacka Raft packrafts are hand crafted by Alpacka Raft in Mancos, Colorado, USA, with highest standards for material and production. Every raft is inspected and tested before shipment by the highly skilled craftsmen and women of Alpacka Raft, most of them being packrafters themselves.

SIZES, CONFIGURATIONS & COLOR

There are not only different Alpacka Raft models to choose the perfect packraft for every need, but also different sizes and configurations, so that the packraft fits the size of the paddler perfectly. Open, Self Bailer, Removable Whitewater Deck and Whitewater Deck are the main configuration options. For those who want a unique raft you also have a choice of color.

QUALITY AND DURABILITY

We love Patagonias slogan of "Repair-Reuse-Recycle". We would add a 4th line: “Buy Quality”. If you have to buy something new, buy the highest quality available. High quality products are not only more pleasurable to use they are also better for the environment since they are more durable they remain in use for a longer period of time thus reducing the need to produce more.

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY

Alpacka Raft offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty while most other brands only offer up to 3 years and that’s probably for a reason. There are Alpacka packrafts still in use that are almost 20 years old. Alpacka Raft packrafts also hold their second hand value and if one of their packrafts really is beyond re-sale, it can be shipped back to Packraft Europe or the Alpacka Raft factory to be repaired and donated for use by schools and conservation projects.

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE

Alpacka Raft is committed to reducing their environmental impact now and for future generations to come. Packraft manufacturing impacts the environment because packrafts are built from petroleum based raw materials and shipped around the globe. But the amount of impact can vary widely based on the materials and manufacturing used. Alpacka Raft is the industry leader in all social and environmental practices, which include: Made in USA manufacturing, which creates higher paying jobs in outdoor communities with higher environmental and worker standards than manufacturing in Asia / Made in USA polyurethane laminated fabrics, which have higher environmental and quality standards than similar materials sourced in Asia / Alpacka never uses PVC due to its environmental and health impacts / VOC Free acetone based adhesives.  VOC adhesives have significant health and environmental impacts / Premium equipment (eg. cnc cutters, seamtaping equipment, fully vented adhesive rooms) to reduce material waste and energy use / Use of solar energy to reduce coal and petroleum based power in the manufacturing process / Use of energy efficient lighting products throughout office and manufacturing facility / Commitment to sourcing US made raw materials, where possible, to further reduce carbon footprint and support other US manufacturers / Continuously working to cut down on packaging, single use plastic, boxes, and printed materials such as hang tags, instruction manuals, etc / Passive heating options utilized in new construction / Recycling of aluminum, plastic, glass, mixed paper and cardboard / Encouraging employees to use the office compost for biodegradable matter / Reducing consumption of single use plastic containers by re-filling cleaning supplies and other office products like hand soap, lotion, and dish soap / Alpacka provided re-useable coffee mugs for staff to borrow when visiting the local coffee shop / Alpacka provided Tupperware and silverware staff can take / Recycling all outdoor industry related media and magazines to the local public library so they can get a second read.

RIVER CONSERVATION

Both Alpacka Raft and Packraft Europe care deeply for the environment and both dedicate funds and time to environmental causes. Alpacka Raft not only supports American conservation efforts but also local initiatives in other countries, for example Alpacka Raft supportsBalkan River Defencewho are working to protect some of the last free flowing rivers in Europe. Here at Packraft Europe we passionate about protecting the river ecosystems we love and actively work to raise funds and awarenes for river protection and conservation.

BACK TO NATURE: Buying a packraft leaves an ecological footprint, that’s true. But it also leaves a mark in the life of their users. It is a fantastic tool to explore nature and reconnect with our natural world. Hopefully this also motivates people to make choices that are not only beneficial for themselves and those around them but also for the environment and our home planet.

ALPACKA RAFT

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 small 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.

PACKRAFT EUROPE & RIVER CONSERVATION

  • Save the Blue Heart of Europe

    SAVE THE BLUE HEART OF EUROPE

    Is a coalition of NGOs who have launched the campaign “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” in order to raise awareness about the imminent dam craze on the Balkan peninsula and to spare the most valuable rivers and river stretches from destruction.

  • Free Rivers Fund Supported by Packraft Europe

    FREE RIVERS FUND

    Free Rivers Fund partners the paddlesport industry with river protection activists to provide funding for those fighting to keep our rivers dam free.

  • Balkan River Defence, Supported by Packraft Europe & Alpacka Raft

    BALKAN RIVER DEFENCE

    DEFEND: the remaining free flowing rivers of Europe. 

    EXPOSE: hydropower as unsustainable energy. 

    PROVIDE: alternatives through science, education, creativity + adventure sports. 

    SUPPORT: a network of local river activists.

  • Packraft Norge Norway

    Packrafting Norway

    Norway is on the wishlist for many paddlers and with very good reason. This summer we were lucky enough to travel to Norway for the 2022 Nordic Packrafting Meet-up in...

    Packrafting Norway

    Norway is on the wishlist for many paddlers and with very good reason. This summer we were lucky enough to travel to Norway for the 2022 Nordic Packrafting Meet-up in...

  • 2022 EU Packraft Meet-up at Soca river

    2022 EU Packraft Meet-up at Soca river

    This was the 5th annual EU Packrafting Meet-up and the largest event so far! With over 120 passionate packrafters from all over the world it truly was an international event...

    2022 EU Packraft Meet-up at Soca river

    This was the 5th annual EU Packrafting Meet-up and the largest event so far! With over 120 passionate packrafters from all over the world it truly was an international event...

  • Mit Packraft & Gleitschirm auf den Lofoten, Norwegen

    Mit Packraft & Gleitschirm auf den Lofoten, Nor...

    Fjorde, Berge und Mitternachtssonne! Mit Bergen kennen sich Marlies und Andreas ja aus, Marlies hat unter anderem all 4.000er der Alpen bestiegen. Auf den Lofoten wagen sich die beiden jedoch...

    Mit Packraft & Gleitschirm auf den Lofoten, Nor...

    Fjorde, Berge und Mitternachtssonne! Mit Bergen kennen sich Marlies und Andreas ja aus, Marlies hat unter anderem all 4.000er der Alpen bestiegen. Auf den Lofoten wagen sich die beiden jedoch...

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