High performance, ultralight, and bombproof. Now in its 18th year of production, the Alpacka Raft Series is time tested and proven as the most trusted, most versatile, and most imitated packraft ever.
The Alpacka Series continues the tradition of our original line-up of the Alpaca, Yak, Llama, and Mule. For 18 years running, the Alpacka Series has been the unquestioned leader of packrafting innovation, performance, and quality. From a day at your local river, to epic traverses across the most remote locations on the planet, to self supported Grand Canyon trips, the Alpacka Series is time tested and proven as the highest performance, most trusted, and most reliable packraft on earth. Its also the most customizable packraft available with four sizes, six fabric/color options, and five different build configurations to choose from, and all with the option of adding Alpacka’s innovative Cargo Fly internal gear storage system.
For the latest model, Alpacka kept the classic design but added a few tweaks to make it better than ever. They added a one-way valve that offers high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick turn of the valve core, two lightweight welded stainless D-rings for installing the custom foam backband, and two ultralight handles installed on the inside of the tubes for easier carrying and portaging. Alpacka also updated the Whitewater Spray Deck with a larger cockpit and deeper 1-piece coaming that matches the Whitewater Series packrafts and provides a more secure Velcro-free interface with the spray skirt. They also added a removable Whitewater Spray Deck that has the same cockpit configuration as the standard Whitewater Deck but can be removed from the boat for flatwater days via a zipper like the Cruiser Deck.
Looking for thigh straps? Alpacka does not offer thigh straps as a factory option on the Alpacka Raft series and the attachment points are no longer included on the Self Bailer configuration, but we’ve still got you covered with the Gnarwhal in the Whitewater Series which is available in Self Bailer, Whitewater Deck, and Removable Whitewater Deck Configurations – all with thigh straps factory installed.
Have an older model Alpacka Raft you’d like thigh straps in? We are now offering Alpacka’s patent pending 4-point thigh straps as kit that you can install yourself with a quality polyurethane glue.
- Handmade in Mancos, Colorado
- One-way valve that provides high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick twist of the valve core
- Factory installed stainless D-Rings for installing the Custom Foam Backband (available for €50 upgrade)
- 4 bow grab loops and 2 stern grab loops
- Available in Open, Self Bailer, Cruiser Deck, Whitewater Deck, or Removable Whitewater Deck configurations
- Optional Cargo Fly with Rolltop Internal Dry Bags (Zippered Internal Dry Bags can be purchased separately)
- Available in 210-denier High Count Nylon, 100/200-denier Vectran®, or 400-denier Vectran®Tubes
- 840-denier Nylon Floor
- Includes: Seat, Inflatable Back Rest, Inflation bag, stuff sack, and basic repair kit.
- Removable WW Deck – The Removable Whitewater Deck features same cockpit (cockpit, coaming, and skirt) as the standard Whitewater Deck but with the increased flexibility of a water resistant perimeter zipper allowing you to convert to an open boat for more relaxing days. The Removable WW Deck is a great choice for anyone seeking more protection than the Cruiser Deck, but wants some flexibility for a broader range of paddling conditions. However, the standard Whitewater Deck is a substantially drier and warmer choice for significant whitewater paddling. All Removable Whitewater Deck Alpacka Series models come with the Removable Whitewater Deck, 1-piece coaming, spray skirt, standard seat, and an inflatable backrest which can be upgraded to the custom foam backband.
- Cargo Fly – The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution. The three piece system utilizes an airtight and watertight zipper installed in the stern of the boat together with two gear storage dry bags which are clipped in place along the inside of the raft tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage, improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity, quicker transitions from packrafting to hiking, and the internal dry bags act as additional balanced air chambers for increased safety (even over a two-chamber packraft) in the event of a puncture. The Cargo Fly is perfect for expeditions, whitewater performance, and keeping your gear dry in any conditions. All Alpacka Series models with a Cargo Fly come standard with Alpacka’s Roll-Top Internal Dry Bags (you can purchase the inflatable Zippered Internal Dry Bags separately).
Standard Nylon High Count Fabrics
210-denier High Count Nylon – Alpacka’s standard packraft tube fabric is a USA woven 210-denier High Count Nylon, which is coated on one side with a highly UV resistant heavy polyurethane film developed by their USA supplier specifically for Alpacka packrafts. They only coat one side because it provides significantly higher tear strength than a double coated fabric. Made in the USA fabrics and coatings are more expensive than similar materials sourced overseas, but they provide significantly better urethane adhesion, fabric durability, and overall quality. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
The Alpacka Raft Series is the original model and namesake. Alpacka founders Sheri and Thor Tingey built the original Alpacka Raft in the basement of their Chugiak, Alaska home in the fall of 2000. Thor had just completed a 39-day 600-mile packrafting traverse of the Brooks Range. Thor fell in love with the concept of packrafting and the ability to travel light, fast, and low impact across virtually any terrain, but was disappointed in the design, durability, and quality of the boats they were using. Sheri had been a boater and outdoor clothing designer for 35-years and was looking for a new challenge.
Their first finished Alpacka Raft, the “White Boat,” was made out of heavy white nylon with a urethane coating on one side with 12-inch diameter tubes and an upturned bow all sealed together using a hot air gun, a roller, and a lot of Aquaseal®. They only had enough of the white fabric for one boat, but they made a few more that winter out of different colors with PVC and urethane coatings. The first testing came in the summer of 2001 when Thor took the White Boat to his summer job as a fisheries biologist for Katmai National Park and made multiple descents of the Aniakchak River. Local Anchorage packrafters like Roman Dial started testing the other prototypes and everyone was thrilled with the performance and durability of the new designs. Alpacka started first production of the Alpacka Raft series the winter of 2001/2002 with two sizes, the Yukon Yak and the Denali Llama, and started selling them in the Summer of 2002.
Over the next 5 years, with Sheri running the company and pushing the design envelope, they continued to improve the designs. In 2003, they added a third size, the smaller Alpaca, and began testing a spray skirt. The first skirts stretched over the entire boat and had an inflatable rim to keep the boat from filling as quickly in the waves, but they were dangerous in swims. In 2004, Sheri developed a method to permanently attach the spray skirt to top of the raft which saved weight and made the skirt safer. From 2005 to 2007, they continued to make the skirt system drier and warmer by adding various Velcro® closures to cockpit that secured around the paddlers waist. In 2007, Alpacka moved their operations out of Alaska and opened their own manufacturing facility in Mancos, Colorado where they still make every boat today.
In 2008, a group of Alaskans pushing the boundaries of whitewater packrafting started installing thigh straps in their packrafts. Thigh straps provided new levels of control and whitewater performance, but put Alpacka in a challenging position of not being able to offer thigh straps as a factory option due to the liability risks of entrapment. However, the strong community interest in a better performing whitewater packraft led Sheri to begin development of the Alpackalypse. Although the Alpackalypse took 6 years to complete, the design ideas that came out of its development were critical to the significant improvements of the Alpacka Series during that same time.
In 2011, they modified the hull and introduced the first extended stern packraft–aka the “Big Butt”– which significantly improved the comfort and performance of the boats. Alpacka continued to extend the stern slightly over the next two years to where it is today. Almost every full size packraft on the market today has adopted this design.
In 2012, Alpacka made two major improvements to the design. First, they added the first kayak style cockpit in a packraft with their Whitewater Deck which provided an almost completely dry paddling experience. Like the extended stern, Alpacka has continued to make small modifications to their Whitewater Deck over the years to improve durability, weight, and skirt retention in whitewater. Second they added their innovative Cargo Fly internal gear storage system, which allowed paddlers to get their pack off the bow of the packraft which significantly improved performance, handling, and gear capability. Like the extended stern, both of these innovations were developed through the Alpackalypse project.
Other than the improvements in the spray decks and stern extensions, the Alpacka Series remained largely unchanged until 2016 when they introduced our first self bailing model. Alpacka was definitely not the first to develop a self bailing packraft, but they did take a different approach from the other brands by focusing on a two piece seating system that optimized durability, lightweight, and whitewater paddling performance.
2017 represents a new level of refinement and performance from the Alpacka Series. They added 100-denier, 200-denier, and 400-denier Vectran® as custom fabric options. They also changed to a new one-way valve that offers both high pressure inflation (without a pump) and easy deflation with a quick turn of the valve core. They added lightweight stainless D-rings for attaching a custom foam backband for added comfort and control. They added ultralight handles to the inside to make carrying and portaging the boat easier than ever. Then modified the Whitewater Deck to have a larger cockpit with a deeper one piece coaming and a Velcro® free interface between the cockpit and spray skirt that offers the best spray skirt retention available in a packraft. Alpacka even offer’s their 4-point thigh straps as a factory option in their new Whitewater Series packrafts or as a DIY installation kit for their Alpacka Series.
We don’t yet know what future design and materials advancements will bring to packrafting, but you can always be assured that Alpacka will remain 100% committed to Made in USA manufacturing quality, industry leading design and innovation, and the best materials available.
|S (Alpaca)||M (Yak)||L (Llama)||XL (Mule)|
|Boater Height||5’0” – 5’8”||5’7” – 6’0”||6’0” – 6’4”||6’4” – 6’8”|
|Exterior Length||94″ / 239cm||97″ / 246cm||102″ / 259cm||105″ / 267 cm|
|Exterior Width||38.5″ / 98cm||38.5″ / 98cm||38.5″ / 98cm||38.5″ / 98cm|
|Interior Length||44″ / 112cm||47″ / 119cm||52″ / 132cm||54″ / 137cm|
|Width at Hips||14.5″ / 37cm||14.5″ / 37cm||14.5″ / 37cm||14.5″ / 37cm|
|Width at Foot||10″ / 25.5cm||10″ / 25.5cm||10″ / 25.5cm||13″ / 33cm|
|S (Alpaca)||M (Yak)||L (Llama)||XL (Mule)|
|Weight*||Packed Size**||Weight*||Packed Size**||Weight*||Packed Size**||Weight*||Packed Size**|
|Open (OP)||5lb 4oz / 2.38kg||6″x22″||5lb 10oz / 2.55kg||6″x22″||5lb 14oz / 2.66kg||6″x22″||6lb 3oz / 2.81kg||7″x22″|
|OP/CF||5lb 8oz / 2.49kg||6″x22″||5lb 14oz / 2.66kg||6″x22″||6lb 2oz / 2.78kg||6″x22″||6lb 7oz / 2.92kg||7″x22″|
|Cruiser Deck (CR)||6lb 8oz / 2.95kg||7″x22″||6lb 10oz / 3.01kg||7″x22″||7lb 0oz / 3.18kg||7″x22″||7lb 7oz / 3.37kg||8″x22″|
|CR/CF||6lb 12oz / 3.06kg||7″x22″||6lb 14oz / 3.12kg||7″x22″||7lb 4oz / 3.29kg||7″x22″||7lb 11oz / 3.49kg||8″x22″|
|Whitewater Deck (WW)||7lb 0oz / 3.18kg||7″x22″||7lb 2oz / 3.23kg||8″x22″||7lb 7oz / 3.37kg||8″x22″||7lb 14oz / 3.57kg||9″x22″|
|WW/CF||7lb 4oz / 3.29kg||7″x22″||7lb 6oz / 3.35kg||8″x22″||7lb 11oz / 3.49kg||8″x22″||8lb 2oz / 3.69kg||9″x22″|
|Removable WW Deck (WR)||7lb 6oz / 3.35kg||7″x22″||7lb 8oz / 3.40kg||8″x22″||7lb 14oz / 3.57kg||8″x22″||8lb 4oz / 3.74kg||9″x22″|
|WR/CF||7lb 10oz / 3.46kg||7″x22″||7lb 12oz / 3.52kg||8″x22″||8lb 2oz / 3.69kg||8″x22″||8lb 8oz / 3.86kg||9″x22″|
|Self Bailer||6lb 6oz / 2.89kg||6″x22″||6lb 8oz / 2.95kg||7″x22″||6lb 14oz / 3.12kg||7″x22″||7lb 5oz / 3.32kg||8″x22″|
|SB/CF||6lb 10oz / 3.01kg||6″x22″||6lb 12oz / 3.06kg||7″x22″||7lb 2oz / 3.23kg||7″x22″||7lb 9oz / 3.43kg||8″x22″|
*Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for cargo fly.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding the boat in half lengthwise and rolling it up to fit in the stuff sack. There are many other methods of rolling and folding the boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing.