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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I was up at joffre lakes this long weekend. and Fri morning I woke up and 2 guys were paddling around upper lake in an inflable boat and I was so jealus! and now I want a boat to hike with!

does anyone have any recommdations for an inflatable boat that will hold 2 people and be somewhat light and small to stick in a pack?
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There used to be one stashed in the bush up at Rohr too.
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a little to extram for what I'm looking for. those are pretty small too. I want 2 people to relax, not cram together

can tire has a 3 person on sale for $90, 16lbs. more my style but I'll look for something a little lighter.
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See if you can find an Intex Challenger 2. It's a pretty durable little boat, and you can get a decent price on it if you shop around (ex. $30 with paddles)
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See if you can find an Intex Challenger 2. It's a pretty durable little boat, and you can get a decent price on it if you shop around (ex. $30 with paddles)
Where might sell one of these?
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I picked up a little 2 person inflatable from army & navy last year for around $50
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See if you can find an Intex Challenger 2. It's a pretty durable little boat, and you can get a decent price on it if you shop around (ex. $30 with paddles)
Where might sell one of these?
http://www.coolinflatables.com/intex...bleboatskayaks

Still a bit heavy at a whopping 16 lbs!

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http://www.coolinflatables.com/product/58330EP
This one seems pretty light @5lb... just don't paddle close to ANYTHING pointy =P

I picked up one of these late last year: http://www.sevylor.com/Trail-Boat-P1825C40.aspx
It's 1 man, but @~3lb you could get one for each of you. Sadly, I haven't had a chance to test it so far, but I'd guess the coated nylon used is a bit more durable than the PVC used in the first link.
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See if you can find an Intex Challenger 2. It's a pretty durable little boat, and you can get a decent price on it if you shop around (ex. $30 with paddles)
Where might sell one of these?
I got mine from Save On Foods oddly enough, although I can't remember if the Vancouver area has those stores or not. I've also seen them at Walmart.
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Well I must have misunderstood. You said carry it in or attached to your backpack, which implied carrying it some distance in the backcountry. 16 pounds is a crap load of weight for that!
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Best in the business:

https://www.alpackaraft.com/store/in...yID=53&do=list
No one is even close when it comes to a lightweight, packable inflatable raft.
You get what you pay for and out in the backcountry far away from help, you better not risk your life in one of those cheap made in China jobs.

Purchasing a V-boat/Belly boat might be a cheaper option and there are several that weigh less than 9lbs.
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If you buy one of those el cheapo plastic rafts and happen to spring a leak in it, make sure you bring a good size pump along to prevent going under. You could also attempt to orient the leaking air to provide you with some forward propulsion in order to make it back.

Don't laugh, this actually happened to me once after I sprang a leak in a PVC raft and I spent more time attempting to keep the raft afloat than in paddling back! If the leak is on a seam it's not repairable, as mine was. Nothing but garbage!!!
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Hi smac,

I had an inflatable advanced elements kayak and this boat is all anyone would need for an all purpose boat. At the time I lived in an apartment with very little storage space and I didn't have a car so this was ideal. It folded into a duffle bag and weighed 36 lbs. I got a small luggage cart that I could take it on the bus to wherever I wished! It was great because if I wanted to camp I could have my backpack on my back and hands free to manipulate the cart with kayak, paddle and gear. I had this boat on rivers, lakes and the ocean and it handles very well. The only downfall which is not really one because of it's stability is that in rough water it is more of a struggle to paddle. It is flat bottomed which makes it a bit more sluggish in rough water (not white water in a downstream situation but rough lake or ocean water).

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If you are serious about a hiking packraft the Flytepacker is the only way to go.http://flyweightdesigns.com/default.aspx

You won't find anything lighter and anything less expensive is not safe enough to take on a chilly alpine lake.

We'll have some photos up in a few days as they are featured in our next trip report.
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