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New lightweight packraft can carry bikes or other gear — and be carried on a bike's handlebars

Published March 8, 2018
Photos by Mike Curiak.

MANCOS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The new Caribou model from Alpacka Raft claims to be the lightest and most packable full-size packraft on the market. It can carry a bike and it packs small enough to be carried on a bike's handlebars for dirt/water adventures.

A new bow design allows the boat to carry bikes, full-sized packs, big game, and other heavy loads, while keeping the boat balanced on and off water. The Caribou weighs 4 pounds, 12 ounces.

"By bringing the Caribou to market, we wanted to provide a better boat for specific uses," said Thor Tingey, Apacka Raft's CEO. "The Caribou, coupled with our new Late Rise Bow, is the ideal packraft for ultralight solo hunting, backpacking, and bikerafting. We're excited to see what adventures our customers choose to take the Caribou on in the coming months and years."

The Caribou is handmade in Mancos, Colorado. It has a single valve that provides high pressure one-way inflation and easy deflation. It has a full-size standard seat. Optional Cargo Fly (for internal storage in the tubes of the boat) and optional custom Titan-Straps bike strap kit are available. The raft ships with inflation bag, seat stuff sack, and repair kit.

Available in Persimmon and Mallard Green colors, the Caribou retails for $795 without the Cargo Fly and $945 with.

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