Now Biking & Rafting Can Go Hand-In-Hand

Mar 23, 2018
by AlpackaRaft  
 Alpacka Raft CEO Thor Tingey testing out the Caribou Packraft in Southern Utah. Photo by Steve Doom Fassbinder republicofdoom
Alpacka Raft's Caribou is available now.

PRESS RELEASE: Alpacka Raft

Alpacka Raft Launches the Caribou, the Lightest Full-Size Packraft Available.

The new ultralight bike-raft and wilderness adventure boat features Alpacka’s innovative and exclusive Late Rise Design.

Joe Flanagan setting up the Caribou packraft for the mountain biking and packrafting portion of the 2nd Braemar Mountain Festival Scotland March 1-4 2-18. Photo by Sam Flanagan.
Sam Flanagan at Braemar Mountain Festival

Alpacka Raft, the industry leader in research and development of modern packrafting, announced the launch of its new Caribou packraft, a front-end loading and ultralight packraft that offers a modern take on an original classic.

Joe Flanagan setting up the Caribou packraft for the mountain biking and packrafting portion of the 2nd Braemar Mountain Festival Scotland March 1-4 2-18. Photo by Sam Flanagan.
Sam Flanagan Braemar Mountain Festival

The Caribou is the lightest and most packable full-size packraft on the market. A new and innovative bow design at the front of the boat means the it's built to carry bikes, full-sized packs, big game, and other heavy loads while keeping the boat balanced on and off the water. The Caribou weighs in at only four pounds and 12 ounces.

Joe Flanagan using Caribou packraft for the packrafting portion of the 2nd Braemar Mountain Festival Scotland March 1-4 2-18. Photo by Sam Flanagan.
Sam Flanagan Braemar Mountain Festival

“By bringing the Caribou to market, we wanted to provide a better boat for specific uses,” said Thor Tingey, Alpacka Raft 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.”

Photo by Steve Doom Fassbinder republicofdoom

Additional features of the Caribou include:

- Handmade in Mancos, Colorado
- A 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 the bow for easy dragging and portaging with gear on board.
- 4 bow strap plates oriented for optimal bike attachment, 2 stern grab loops, and a floor loop to attach the seat
- Optional Cargo Fly (for internal storage in the tubes of the boat)
- Optional custom Titan-Straps bike strap kit
- Includes: inflation bag, seat stuff sack, and repair kit

The Caribou packraft is available for purchase at select international retailers and on the Alpacka Raft website. Available in Persimmon and Mallard Green colours, the Caribou retails for $795 without the Cargo Fly and $945 with.

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About Alpacka Raft

Alpacka Raft started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey, the designer behind the products, and her son Thor, who had just completed a 600-mile packrafting traverse of Alaska’s Brooks Range and had some ideas for how to make a better performing packraft.

Alpacka Raft seeks to design and hand-craft the most innovative, premium packrafts available. They strive for a legacy of leadership, stewardship, and support that allows their community of diverse boaters a lifetime of use and adventure-driven fun. Every Alpacka Raft, from cutting the fabric to putting the final touches on a spray deck, is made by hand and shipped to customers from the Alpacka factory in Mancos, Colorado, under the Made in USA standard. Alpacka Raft is one of the largest employers in town.

For more, visit www.alpackaraft.com.


1 Comment

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 Put a couple of quarts of Stans sealant in it and you don't worry about punctures either!

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