|Model||Exterior||Interior||Packed Size||Max Capacity||Weight|
|Caribou||246||97||123||37||43 x 15 cm||181 kg||2.7kg|
|Mule||254||97||132||39||46 x 20 cm||227 kg||3.8 kg|
Thinking of buying a raft for bike packing and hiking. My first thought was from Alpacka
– Open configuration, TZIP, ugly colour, $1,483. Great price, low weight
What would I be using it for?
– Floating down the Yarra River
– Hugging the coast in Port Philip Bay
– Bike Packing (might need that just for the Yarra River)
Maybe .. in the future light rapids but it is very important to be able to tie down a Mountain bike or my folding bike.
I like the idea of a TZIP
packraftaustralia.com.au had some clearance specials on:
ALPACKA RAFT CARIBOU
Blue Berry LW 210D, Open, NO TiZIP, $1,395
++ $250 for TiZIP
Blue Berry LW 210D, Open, TiZIP, $1,645
++ $150 for Self Bailer
Blue Berry LW 210D, Self Bailer, TiZIP, $1,795
Standard Coated 210D Calypso (Bi-Colour Yellow/Magenta), Open, TiZIP, $1,483 (Save $162)
ALPACKA RAFT MULE
ALPACKA RAFT MULE SELF BAILER – 210D CEDAR – NO TIZIP $1,746
Weight: 3.2 kg
Packed Size: 46x18cm
ALPACKA RAFT MULE – SELF BAILER WITH TIZIP,
Weight: 3.6 kg
Packed Size: 46x20cm
In the end I went with the green (cedar) mule with a self bailing floor with 210D. I would rather the heaver and bulkier 420D, but it is much more expensive, especially since I am buying an onsale model and not the normal price.
The normal price from 210D to 420D is an extra $250.
Cedar Green 210D, Self Bailer, TiZIP, $2,295
++ $250 going from 210D to 420D
Cedar Green 420D, Self Bailer, TiZip, $2,545
Weight difference between LW 210D and Standard 420D fabrics = ~250-350grams (https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/faq)