The Forager is the largest and burliest packraft we’ve ever made. We built the Forager with extra large 14-inch diameter tubes made out of our toughest 400-denier Vectran® fabric paired with a Cargo Fly and a full length extra thick self bailing floor to keep you high and dry even when you’ve loaded it up with an entire moose or enough supplies for a 21-day self supported river trip. We then kitted it out with a huge array of tie downs and D-rings to secure your gear and seating. At a first glance, the Forager appears more like a mini-raft than a packraft, but when you pick it up and realize that it’s a mere 13lb 4oz you can only know that it’s a true Alpacka.
So who’s it for? Everyone! It started out as a hunting boat to get big game hunters in Alaska into places where even a Super Cub can’t access, and it truly shines in that role! But then we paddled it and realized it was so much more. Do you dream about flying in to float and wildlife watch on the remote rivers of Alaska’s north slope like the Kongakut, the Hula Hula, and the Colville? Well the Forager allows you to ditch that 100lb raft or inflatable canoe and pack your entire boat setup in a single checked airline bag and one trip on the Cessna, while easily carrying you and your partner and all of your gear for a multi-week expedition. What about taking the family down one of the many spectacular western desert rivers? The Forager easily carries two adults and one child plus all of their gear with much lower draft than a typical raft and it’s much easier to portage. Love to fish? Think about the spots that you can access with a sub 15-pound drift fishing raft that you can paddle with a single 250cm kayak paddle while your partner casts off the front. And we haven’t even mentioned how well it handles whitewater. Grand Canyon anyone?
- Handmade in Mancos, Colorado
- New patent-pending high volume stern design
- New one-way valve that provides high pressure inflation and easy deflation with a quick twist of the valve core
- Extra large 14-inch diameter tubes constructed with 400d Vectran®
- 840d Nylon Floor with removable extra thick self bailing insert
- Cargo Fly standard with 2 Forager Ultralight Dry Bags
- 6 lightweight welded 1-inch stainless steel D-rings attaching handles and cam straps
- Full rail of lash points around the top of the tubes which will accept p-cord, carabiners, hooks, and 1-inch webbing for securing gear
- Includes: Inflation bag, stuff sack, and repair kit.
Cargo Fly Description
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 Forager comes standard with a Cargo Fly and Forager Internal Dry Bags.
400-Denier Vectran® Tubes
The Forager features 400-denier Vectran® fabric, which is the burliest fabric in our packraft lineup. Vectran® is a high-performance multifilament yarn spun from liquid crystal polymer (LCP), which is five times stronger than steel and ten times stronger than aluminum. Vectran® fabrics provide exceptional tear strength and rigidity (due to its lower stretch) than comparable Nylon deniers, which results in a stiffer higher performance hull.
840-denier Nylon Heavy Double Coat Floor
The Forager features a USA woven 840-denier Nylon floor, which is coated on both sides with heavy polyurethane film custom designed for packrafts by our USA supplier. Our floor fabric is designed to optimize weight and durability in a packraft floor.
See our Specification Chart
Since we made the original Alpacka Raft in 2000, backcountry hunters have sought our packrafts out to access remote country and pack out big game. In one early tale, an Alaskan hunter drew a coveted bison tag in Copper River basin and loaded a “stubby” Denali Llama with the bison and then flopped on top of the meat and hide to carefully paddle himself out of the backcountry. One of our founders, Thor Tingey has floated out multiple Dall sheep with packrafts.
Over the years, we have had many requests from hunters to make a packraft that could more comfortably handle larger loads like a moose while still remaining backpackable. This is where the Forager project started. We started with expanding the dimensions to 14-inch tubes and wider than the Gnu. We then added a self bailing floor because it would be too difficult to empty out a bucket boat if it was loaded up with several hundred pounds of gear and meat. Finally, we added a series of adjustable strap plates to give a huge number of low profile lashing points.
We began testing in the summer of 2016 and were immediately thrilled with how well the Forager handled both flatwater, whitewater, and heavy loads. Then we started thinking and realized how much more than a hunting boat the Forager was. We recalled fly in float trips in Alaska’s arctic using 75 pound folding kayaks and inflatable canoes because they were half the weight of a full raft and thought of how much easier it would be to fly in and out with such a light boat, and without sacrificing any on water comfort, performance, or gear capacity. Even better, the Forager would easily fit in a checked bag on a commercial airline. We also thought about hiking down into the Gunny Gorge with a two people and a Forager for a little fishing and sightseeing. Finally, we thought about taking a family float trip for the weekend and realized how easy it would be to pack the Forager up in the back of the car and take it out with two people and a dog or kid. When you start thinking about what you can do with a 13lb packraft that will comfortably carry two people and all of their gear on a multi week trip anywhere in the world, the possibilities are endless.