The Most Innovative, Premium Packrafts
WHY CHOOSE ALPACKA RAFT?
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.
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.
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.
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 supports Balkan River Defence who 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.
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
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
Free Rivers Fund partners the paddlesport industry with river protection activists to provide funding for those fighting to keep our rivers dam free.
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.