“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 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.” ~Legacy Ambassador, Roman Dial. He acquired his first Alpacka Raft in the early 2000s.
For many years, the only way to carry your gear on large, multi-sport packraft adventures was either inside the boat on the floor, or mounted to the bow. However, in 2011, Alpacka changed the game completely when they invented the Cargo Fly internal gear storage system. This design not only kept your gear drier, it also dramatically increased handling and whitewater performance. However, it didn’t solve the problem of carrying large bulky items like bicycles, big game animals, and large packs on the bow.
Welcome the Caribou with Alpacka’s latest innovation, the Late Rise Bow, that combines the stability and load carrying ability of a rockerless hull with the whitewater and wave performance of a rockered hull. Unlike anything else on the market, the Late Rise Bow still provides a rocker to shed waves and whitewater, but it moves beginning of the rocker in front of the bow’s mounted load. The result is a broad stable platform for mounting bulky and heavy items like bicycles that carries them high and keeps them out of the water when paddling. And, the load remains balanced and stable on both water and land.
To keep the weight and bulk at an absolute minimum, while preserving Alpacka’s legendary durability, they utilized the same lightweight 210-denier high count nylon fabric as the Scout and the 840-denier floor featured in our other packrafts. The result is an ultralight, full-size bikeraft or ultralight hunting raft that rolls up small for stashing in a pack or on your handlebar roll. It’s also available with a Cargo Fly, for keeping bulky gear on the bow and loose gear inside and dry.
Note: Due to the specialized bags utilized by most bike-packers, Cargo Fly models do not include internal dry bags or internal attachments for clipping dry bags in place. However, internal dry bags can be purchased separately and used in the Caribou without the internal attachments.
- Handmade in Mancos, Colorado
- Late Rise Bow technology for balancing heavy loads on the bow while maintaining high performance in waves and easy whitewater
- Single valve that provides high pressure one-way inflation and easy deflation with a quick twist of the valve core
- Full size standard seat
- 210d High Count Nylon lightweight polyurethane coated tubes
- 840d Nylon Floor
- Handle on bow for easy dragging and portaging with gear on the bow
- 4 bow strap plates oriented for optimal bike attachment, 2 stern grab loops, and a floor loop to attach the seat
- Optional Cargo Fly (does not include internal dry bags or internal attachment clips)
- Optional custom Titan-Straps bike strap kit
- Includes: Inflation bag, seat stuff sack, and repair kit.
CARGO FLY OPTION – The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution. The Cargo Fly features an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat, which provides drier and more secure gear storage and improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity. Caribou models with a cargo fly do not come with internal dry bags because most bike-rafters have a different set of dry bags for their bike packing setup. The Caribou also does not feature buckle attachments inside the tubes to secure the dry bags because the Caribou is not designed for significant whitewater use. However, you can purchase internal dry bags separately and use them with the Caribou without the buckles.
Spray Decks – Alpacka is not offering spray decks for the Caribou as it is primarily designed as a minimalist boat for bike-packing and carrying large loads on the bow, which can often interfere with a spray deck.
210-denier High Count Nylon – The Caribou features the same tube fabric as the Scout, which optimizes packability and weight savings while maintaining sufficient tear strength for the Caribou’s intended uses. This fabric features the same USA woven 210-denier High Count Nylon used in all of Alpacka’s standard fabric packrafts, but is coated with a light polyurethane coating on both sides to minimize weight while maintaining air retention.
840-denier Nylon Heavy Double Coat Floor – The Caribou features the same full-strength USA woven 840-denier ballistic nylon floor fabric as all of Alpacka’s standard packraft models. The fabric coated on both sides with heavy polyurethane film custom designed for packrafts by their USA supplier, which maximizes tear strength and minimizes friction. This floor fabric is time tested as the best combination of durability, weight, and packability on the market.
|Exterior Length||97″ / 246cm||97″ / 246cm|
|Exterior Width||38″ / 97cm||38″ / 97cm|
|Interior Length||48.5″ / 123cm||48.5″ / 123cm|
|Interior Width at Hips||14.5″ / 37cm||14.5″ / 37cm|
|Weight*||4lb 12oz / 2.15kg||5lb 0oz / 2.27kg|
*Weight includes all components except inflation bag and repair kit.