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Packing your boat into and out of that sweet creeking run is a breeze with the NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa. With the padded hip belt and shoulder straps, it's like a hiking backpack on steroids!
  • Adjusts to fit most current whitewater kayaks, positioned bow or stern up, and with your back against either the bottom or the deck of the boat.
  • The adjustable, padded shoulder straps and waist belt spread the boat's weight between the shoulders and hips, increasing carry comfort.
  • Three long, heavy-duty 1-1/2" webbing straps that clip around the boat give you great versatility for attaching your kayak to the pack.
  • Leaves your hands free for carrying other gear, for balancing, or for holding onto a bow strap for longer boats.
  • When you get to the water, stow the Sherpa behind your seat or up in the bow.
  • No more propping the kayak on your shoulder or dragging it up the trail. The Whitewater Kayak Sherpa just made getting to that great playspot or creek run a lot easier.

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  • video: NRS Sherpa Video - Producer: Nathan Silsbee
    NRS Sherpa Video - Producer: Nathan Silsbee
    Length:4:49
Dimensions:
  • Back panel is 23" L x 8.75" W at base
  • Padded waist belt expands to 60"
  • Chest harness fits well up to 49"
  • Three heavy-duty 1 1/2" webbing straps
Features:
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • 3 pockets
  • Fits any whitewater boat
  • Weighs about 2.5 lbs.

video: NRS Sherpa Video - Producer: Nathan Silsbee

NRS Sherpa Video - Producer: Nathan Silsbee (4:49)

Packing your boat into and out of that sweet creeking run is a breeze with the NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa. With the padded hip belt and shoulder straps, it's like a hiking backpack on steroids!

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5.0

Long hike to day trips

By E

from Mt Hood area, Oregon

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

    Comments about NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa:

    Great product if you need to hike a mile or more, distributes the load much better than the typical over the shoulder carry technique.

    Easily fits behind the seat of my dagger crazy 88.

    A little tricky first standing up with the pack/kayak, but once up, works great.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Makes life a lot easier

    By Amphibient

    from Southeast Florida

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy to stow in kayak
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction
    • Very light

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • CreekerRiver Kayaks
      • Play boats
      • Surf Kayaks

      Comments about NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa:

      I use this to portage around all over the place from canals in the suburbs, to the beach, and remote locations. Take some time to get used to carrying your boat with this and you'll be happy you bought this. There's no big frame so it folds up nicely and there are plenty of pockets in it too.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Problem solved!

      By TonyS

      from Vienna, Va

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayak

        Comments about NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa:

        My girlfriend love it. Makes it easy for her to carry her boat. Stores nicely inside the rear of a kayak.

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        • No

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not Very Good

        By Dragger

        from Groveland, CA

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Flat Waters

            Comments about NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa:

            Doesn't work reliably without significant modification. Doesn't fold down enough to fit in boat easily. Made in China.

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            • NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa

              Q:

              Hi there. I have a 12' Otter self-bailer that I use for creeking. I'd like to know if the Sherpa is strong enough to carry the 91lb weight of the Otter with the boat rolled up.

              Have looked at the Paragon also, but that pack system does not appear to carry loads as large a diameter as my rolled up Otter.
              Asked on 8/26/2013 by Phillthefish from Seattle, WA

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi, we decided to return the Sherpa, because we found that the buckles of
                the main straps slip and loosen up, and we couldn't get it tightened down
                enough to not wobble around. We order one each of the Colorado kayak supply
                and Salamander bak yaks since we need 2 anyway. They both look very
                similar, so we thought we would give them each a try.
                -Bill

                Answered on 9/5/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi, we haven't had a chance to try them out yet. We're using them this
                weekend and will give you an update. But, I can say that some of the straps
                are very long so it seems like you could configure it to work. I don't know
                right now if the rig will stand up to that amount of weight since I don't
                have it in front of me right now, but I'll let you know after this weekend.
                Cheers,
                -Bill

                Answered on 8/30/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hey Phill,
                Not sure I can really give an opinion. I use the harness to carry a kayak - laden with gear it probably weighs about 50lb.
                The main difficulty is with the length of the kayak - I find the top end quite unstable and the bottom end sometimes bangs my legs. A shorter, heavier load such as you describe might work OK.

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It will be a compomise, but easily do- able. My only thought is you might have to modify it slightly with a specific vertical strap. But othe than that I think it's good to go.
                Cheers Mick

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Mickg from Home
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Here's what Kurtis, one of our kayakers who's used the Sherpa has to say - "It should be able to carry the weight, but getting the raft rigged will be tricky. The Sherpa straps are designed to run through kayak handles/grab loops, not cradle and cinch around an object. The back panel is also not rigid so that it can be rolled and stowed in the kayak after use. It will take the shape of whatever object it is attached to and may be incredibly uncomfortable depending on said object."

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa

              Q:

              I am having a difficult time getting the boat to stay high enough on my back to keep from kicking it while walking. It also slides left to right. It appears the straps come loose after tightening.

              Maybe i should try stern up?

              Any suggestions?

              Boat is a JK Superfun. Thanks.
              Asked on 3/17/2013 by backpackboater from atlanta, ga

              4 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Trying it stern up is a good idea. To stabilize it side-to-side, try tying two straps to the top handle, with one tail on either side of the boat. Hold them in your hands, maybe while gripping the paddle in front of you. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, if you need further help.

                Answered on 3/18/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Although its been awhile since I've used the sherpa, I initially had the
                same problem. I have a jk 2007 fun... and I'm 5'11". Get the top strap into
                the indented channel right above the cowling and really tighten it down..I
                don't remember if the bottom strap fit into the channel behind the back of
                the cowling....In any case, after experimenting, I got it to work. I think
                I tried stern down and it didn't work.... Goog luck...Phil

                Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It was definitely challenging at first, but by Wrapping the top strap around the handle in front of the cockpit it stopped the boat sliding off to one side. In terms of the boat hitting your legs we use a flip line attached to the front handle to pull forward on the nose. Also helps with balance

                Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi,
                I use mine with a Hefe Grande - and find I have to lean forward a bit to stop myself kicking it. And yes - mine also slides left to right. I have found using a strap on the top grab-loop stops the sideways slip.

                Answered on 3/18/2013 by Anonymous
            • NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa

              Q:

              How is seat placed in kayak, are there footpegs?
              Asked on 8/28/2012 by Redeye from Fresno,Ca

              3 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The Kayak Sherpa is a backpack/harness system for carrying a kayak. It compacts to fit in the kayak once you get to the water. Call us at 877.677.4327 for more details.

                Answered on 8/28/2012 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Redeye , the kayak Sherpa is strapped to the bottom of the hull and is used like a backpack to carry the kayak.

                Answered on 8/28/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Um.... thats not a seat, its a carry harness for your kayak. Basically it turns your kayak into a big backpack

                Answered on 8/28/2012 by Anonymous
            • NRS Whitewater Kayak Sherpa

              Q:

              Cost to ship, Fresno,Ca. What colors ??? Only Black ?
              Asked on 8/28/2012 by RedEye from Fresno,Ca

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                $5.95 for ground shipping. Free shipping if you get your order over $75. Available in Black.

                Answered on 8/28/2012 by Pam from NRS
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