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The Caribou continues the bikepacking / ultralight packraft legacy. Primarily a bikerafting model, it is also ideal as a full sized ultralight packraft.

Combining light and durable tubes with a full strength 840d ballistic nylon floor and Alpacka's innovative Late Rise Bow, the Caribou is the ultimate backcountry front end loader. At just 2.15kgs (2.27kgs with a Cargo Fly), the Caribou is also one of the lightest full sized packrafts on the market. It’s the perfect packraft for bikerafting and big ultralight backcountry adventures.

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 and large frame packs on the bow.

Welcome the Caribou with 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, utilizing the same lightweight 210-denier high count nylon fabric as the Scout and the 840-denier floor featured in other Alpacka packrafts. The result is an ultralight, full-size bikeraft or ultralight adventure 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.

Caribou Features:

  • Manufacturing: Made to Order in Mancos, Colorado
  • Shape: Classic Hull with Late Rise Bow
  • Tube Diameter: 11.7-inch
  • Valve: Temper assist valve for inflation and deflation
  • Attachments: 4 bow strap plates, 2 stern grab loops, and 1 bow handle
  • Seating: Classic Seat Bottom
  • Build Configurations: Open
  • Cargo Fly: Optional (roll-top internal dry bags sold separately)
  • Materials: Proprietary ultralight 210-denier high count nylon hull and 840-denier ballistic nylon floor (Made in USA). Sorry, no custom multi-color or Vectran options.
  • Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit
  • Recommended Gear:

    Caribou Build Configurations:

    • Open: The Caribou is available only in the open build configuration. It is not offered with spray decks or self bailing configurations. The Caribou is primarily designed as a minimalist boat for bike-packing and carrying large loads on the bow.
    • Cargo Fly Zipper: The Cargo Fly is the ultimate packraft gear storage solution featuring an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat to allow you to load your gear inside the tubes. The system 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.


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    2.15kg w/o Cargo Fly |2.27kg w/ Cargo Fly

    Packed Size


    *Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.
    **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 each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. 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 depending on the situation.


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