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NRS PackRaft

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10% Off All Accesrrories! Explore the backcountry or your favorite fishing hole in the NRS PackRaft. This stable, lightweight boat is made of tough, polyurethane-coated nylon for uncompromising durability. Packable, safe and fun!
  • This light water craft fits into a space 18" x 15" x 5", making it easy to throw in a pack, the back of your ATV or anywhere in your rig.
  • Propel yourself along with a double bladed kayak paddle, raft/canoe paddle, or shoot, in an emergency use a handy tree branch.
  • Two inflation chambers in the tubes, the inflatable seat and removable floor insert give you maximum safety margins.
  • The 70-denier tube material and 210-denier floor material is super strong and abrasion-resistant while still being very lightweight.
  • Each of the tube chambers has a large opening, inflation/deflation valve and a second smaller twist valve for top off and pressure adjustment.
  • Four front and two rear webbing tie-down points let you securely lash on packs and other gear.
  • Comes with a repair kit and convenient storage bag.
Length: 6' 10"
Width:  36"
Weight: 7.4 lbs.
Tube Diameter: 11"
Number of Thwarts: 0
Bow Kick: 14"
Stern Kick: 12.5"
Number of Air Chambers: 4
Valve Type: Boston type
Self Bailing: No
Type of Material: Urethane
Weight/Denier of Tube Material: 70 denier
Weight/Denier of Floor Material: 210 denier
Number of D-rings: 0
Number of Handles: 0
Center Compartment Width: 14" x 56"
Repair Kit: Yes
Warranty: 2 Years Retail, 2 Years Commercial
Features:
    Boat is 5.6 lbs and the floor is 1.8 lbs. Total weight 7.4 lbs.

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NRS PackRaft
 
2.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to fill (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Fun (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (6)
  • Hard to empty (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great raft

After seeing several Youtube videos of this being used in white water I purchased one used. I was so happy with it I bought a 2nd new from NRS. I think there are some...Read complete review

After seeing several Youtube videos of this being used in white water I purchased one used. I was so happy with it I bought a 2nd new from NRS. I think there are some very loyal fans of Alpacka rafts who would be slow to accept how on par this raft is. It should be noted that this raft is not made for a spray deck. Also it does not come is smaller sizes available from Alpacka rafts.

For the small weight penalty I really appreciate the extra space. I take my wife or daughter in it with me and still have room for some gear. The seat and inflatable floor included work great. The removable inflatable floor is thick and could be used as an emergency flotation device or sleeping pad (not full size). The seat is not removable and works with or without the floor. The thicker material making up the floor itself is very well thought out as this is the area that takes the most beating. I am not looking to go through any serious white water, but it is nice to know the raft can handle it. I really like this raft. Even if I could get an Alpacka for the same price I think I would choose the NRS.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value but needs a few revisions

River professional in Fairbanks, Alaska. We bought 14 of them over the last 9 months and have put many miles on them. Have used alpaca's many times in the past but we never...Read complete review

River professional in Fairbanks, Alaska. We bought 14 of them over the last 9 months and have put many miles on them. Have used alpaca's many times in the past but we never owned any due to the cost involved. Very good value, almost half the cost of a standard Alpaca without the optional floor pad or sprayskirt. NRS gives you the floor pad with the boat, and I know of two Alaska outdoor gear companies that are happy to build sprayskirts and glue them on, Alpaca's sparyskirt design is still lacking anyway. As a bonus, the NRS is 10" longer than Alpaca's biggest river worthy raft, so that extra person or more gear is a more realistic option.

BUT... Two major yet really simple issues. Why are the two chambers valves at opposite ends of the boat? How are we expected to roll up the boat with out air pockets in one side? Seriously, try it. And the D rings are incredibly poor. Plan on gluing in an additional valve at the bow so both chambers can be deflated while rolling up the boat, and cut off their "d-rings" and buy some from Alpaca. Then you'll have a rugged affordable boat.. We plan to contact NRS about these two flaws directly..

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Junk

By Avalanche

from Fairbanks, AK

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easy to Fill
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Hard To Empty
  • Junk D-rings Valves
  • Low Quality

Best Uses

  • Pool Small Lakes

Comments about NRS PackRaft:

After several seasons of owning these alongside Alpacka Rafts, these are junk. Honestly. Cheaply made in China. Normally I trust the NRS brand so these are a major disappointment. Cheap material does not hold up as it should, on a shallow class II float the NRS boats literally got over a dozen holes in the floor while the Alpackas didn't show a scratch. Valve on floor pad breaks. D-rings are completely worthless and rip out under any load. Raft can't be emptied of air as two chamber valves are on opposite ends of the boat. Who designed that??? Usually very happy with NRS products, but avoid this one!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Great Product!!

By AW

from Alaska

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy to Fill
  • Easy To Use
  • Fun
  • Reliable
  • Strong

Cons

  • Had To Top Off Twice

Best Uses

    Comments about NRS PackRaft:

    I purchased this as my first pack raft in transition from a hardshell hybrid kayak in Lue of a float trip between Nome and White Mountain,alaska where we were flying out so a hardshell was not practical. This raft performed great!
    Carried all my gear (about 75lbs), all my beer (about 20lbs), and me (about 170lbs) beautifully through 40 miles of Alaskas most intense wilderness! I can't wit til my next trip with this raft!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    NRS Packraft Escalante 1.3CFS

    By Escalante Bony Creeker

    from Estes Park, Colorado

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Seams Scrape

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS PackRaft:

        I bought this boat from Canyon Voyages (CV) in Moab for a spontaneous trip down the Escalante. CV suggested a great paddle that seemed long at first but performed perfect for this boat.
        I proceeded to meet up with two friends that both owned Alpackas. We boated the Escalante in Southern Utah at 1.3 CFS. CV didn't recommend floating this water level, and looking back on the 40 miles of paddling and 8 miles packing I agree, but we all still had fun and survived with no holes in the boats!
        The NRS boat performed right alongside the Alpackas without a hitch.
        I was in and out of the boat, dragging and portaging a lot and had no problems. I did scrape some laminate off the bottom. I have patched those areas with the included patch kit mostly for reinforcement in the next low water session. My friends on their Alpackas had factory ordered their boats with reinforced bottoms to prevent this. I'm not sure if NRS will do this or not.
        Overall a great boat at a price that is far more appealing than the Alpackas. I was just as sporty and clean in the water as the rest plus a little extra weight in my wallet.

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        • No

        (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        nrs packraft

        By nikko

        from Anchorage,ak

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Boring
          • Breaks Easily
          • Unsafe

          Best Uses

          • Pool

          Comments about NRS PackRaft:

          I bought this raft to take on adventures down remote areas. After loading it into my truck bed while inflated it rubbed against my road bike and popped. I would not trust this raft on any challenging terrain. It was a total dissapointment.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Multiday trips and sport boating in AK

          By Fabio

          from Kenai Penninsula, Alaska

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy to Fill
          • Easy To Use
          • Fun
          • Good Deal

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backcountry Travel
            • Class 4- And Below

            Comments about NRS PackRaft:

            Packrafting...
            Nothing like crossing a steep AK range pass and blowing up the packraft to float 25 miles out... I've carried 2 people and 2 packs (a hilarious day pinballing down a river), creek boated class 3+ many times, and comfortably floated multiple days on mile wide rivers. It is pretty easy to build your own sprayskirt (cost me $30 at a fabric store) so it holds up better to waves, and the bigger size makes it more comfy than an Alpaca. I think the NRS is a great deal at half the price of the alpaca, but for sport boating you need to rig a backrest and sprayskirt to keep up. A little improvement and this boat could be more than an oddity to packrafters.

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            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              what glue do you use for patching the 210 denier?
              Asked on 1/22/2015 by Coho Master from vancouver

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Clifton Urethane Adhesive, Item # 38700.01, is an excellent choice for these repairs.

                Answered on 1/23/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              Is this raft self bailing?
              Asked on 8/25/2014 by Dean from Pittsburgh

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Not self-bailing. Has a standard style floor.

                Answered on 8/25/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                No, Dean, it has a solid floor, so is not self-bailing.

                Answered on 8/26/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              I was wandering about the glue repair adhesive that came with my two repair patches in my packraft, it says this product contains toluene...I was under the impression toluene or toluol was a solvent for cleaning. Any advice before I wrap this raft up in some class III? Much thanks
              Asked on 7/8/2014 by draden from Atlanta, Ga.

              1 answer

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi!
                No worry about the glue. Toluene is a solvent used in some fluid glue but as it's toxic regulation requires that glue containing toluene have to be clearly labelled. Not yet used the repair patch and glue so I can't tell you if it's working good...but it should be...it's supplied by NRS!
                Hope this answer helps.
                Have fun!
                Ag

                Answered on 7/10/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              In response to a review from 2011 you said you were working on a spray deck for this packraft. It is July 2013 and it does not appear that one is available yet. Is this going to become a reality? If so, when can we expect to see one?
              Thanks.
              Asked on 7/18/2013 by ReReAK from Anchorage, AK

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                We have been working on developing a spray deck; we've tried several designs and haven't been satisfied with any of them. I can't give you any firm date, and can just say that it is in the pipeline.

                Answered on 7/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              Hi

              I need a packraft floor for this boat. Any idea where I can get one?
              Asked on 6/2/2013 by Jessica from Ashburn, VA

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Jessica, do you mean the inflatable floor insert that comes with the PackRaft? Give us a call, 800.635.5202, to order one.

                Answered on 6/2/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              Is this self inflating? How does that work?
              Asked on 3/14/2013 by julia from wilmington, nc

              3 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Julia, it's not self inflating, you have to add the air. Since the raft is a lightweight craft, we've built a lightweight "pump" for it. Take a look at the PackRaft Fill Bag, Item # 16302. Use it to add most of the air to the raft, then finish topping it off by mouth through the small twist valves.

                Answered on 3/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • A:

                No is Not self Inflating, Yes is easy to inflate, i do have one and i love it I play a lot on It

                Answered on 9/6/2013 by MaGPinzon from Camp Verde AZ.
              • A:

                NRS PackRaft Fill Bag is a fast solution to inflate this Pack Raft

                Answered on 9/6/2013 by MagPinzon from Camp Verde Az.
            • NRS PackRaft

              Q:

              What is the maximum weight to carry in this raft?
              Asked on 8/25/2012 by Scot from Alaska

              1 answer

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It just depends on the water conditions. Completely calm flat water I bet you could float 400-500 lbs in it. But the more weight the lower it sits and the easier little waves will make it over the pontoons. I like to float down the Rogue river in Oregon from the city of Rogue River to Grants Pass through small rapids with my 4 year old daughter it the same raft. I have also strapped my bike to the front, but it does not go over waves well when front heavy.

                Answered on 8/27/2012 by Anonymous
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