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by Chris S
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MRS Nomad - packayak or kakraft?
Replies: 0
Views: 1033

MRS Nomad - packayak or kakraft?

I got lent an MRS Nomad S1 to try out, a 2.9 metre solo packraft with a skeg, a 'cruiser-style' deck and an elevated seat (like some self-bailers). I paddle IKs so miss the glide of packrafts on flatwater but was very impressed with the S1 on a short coastal run and up a loch. Even at sea the skeg s...
by Chris S
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Re: Slackrafting in NW Scotland

I think it must be if carefully applied. After all, Aquaseal is a sealant not a glue - but it works great at both on my IKs and packrafts. But you need to be careful gluing ‘cheap’ PVC film (what slackrafts are made from) as opposed to PVC-coated fabric as used on some ww rafts and Incept IKs. The w...
by Chris S
Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:31 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Re: Slackrafting in NW Scotland

With an Alpacka, Supai and so on, the floor is a single sheet of fabric. In Alpacka's case, quite durable and easily repairable The Sevylors you mention have inflatable floors to give the boat a bit more buoyancy and rigidity I suppose. If you do puncture the floor in a Sevy it won't make much diffe...
by Chris S
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:28 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Re: Slackrafting in NW Scotland

Not when I did it, but I wasn't surprised. Woven fabric like the BN I used (not like heavily coated Alpacka floors) is better sewn. Having said that, the same BN worked OK when I applied it to my very first Alpacka floor. But I think I used Aquaseal - pricier but better. https://apaddleinmypack.word...
by Chris S
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

Re: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au

I'm not sure they do. Try and buy direct off
https://supaiadventuregear.com/shop/

But I'd rent one first.
I'd say it's a boat where the paddling is either calm with good current or the crossings are short
by Chris S
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Re: Slackrafting in NW Scotland

… and just stick to the cut off material for sacrificial armour.

Yep, that may be best. Or just save on glue and be careful near the shore.

Ch
by Chris S
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Re: Slackrafting in NW Scotland

I think a J stroke would just slow things down even more, and I'm not sure you can do it with a kayak paddle. Even a proper packraft will yaw a bit at the bow (less so with some weight there). The technique to minimise it is easily learned. The fact is slacks are short, flabby, bin bags - all reflec...
by Chris S
Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

never mind the rollocks

Hi Alex, size for size, my guide would be price, ie: the lowest possible wastage of £££ when the thing craps out on you. I do wonder if they are essentially the same shell squeezed out in different coloured PVC, with the Fish Hunter featuring added gimmicks. On both boats a lot of the molded plastic...
by Chris S
Sun May 10, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Lycian Way with packraft [Turkey coast]
Replies: 0
Views: 1860

Lycian Way with packraft [Turkey coast]

200 clicks of packing, not much rafting but worth taking the boat as always. • Intro here • Walk here https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/lw-gepen.jpg?w=500 https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/lw-085.jpg?w=500 https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/lw-078...
by Chris S
Fri May 08, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Anyone in UK up for Hiring me a Denali Llama?
Replies: 2
Views: 2586

Re: Anyone in UK up for Hiring me a Denali Llama?

May be too late but you know you can rent a range of boats including Alpackas from packraftstore.de and I think the place in aviemore, backcountrybiking, does alpackas rentals too.
by Chris S
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Slackrafting in NW Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 5013

Slackrafting in NW Scotland

A recent day out with a mate in a slackraft. Next time, I think I'll go alone!

Slackrafting to Clashnessie

Ch
by Chris S
Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Kimberley: Pooltoy vs Packraft
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

Kimberley: Pooltoy vs Packraft

Took him a while but here's Jeff's cut of our Fitzroy River trip in 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofOVHrjIf0
Same trip, different PoV.
Anyone else doing some good rivers up north?

Chris
by Chris S
Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)
Replies: 4
Views: 5598

Re: Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)

Winds have hit 70 this evening but a couple of days ago I did another trip to Suilven; circumnavigating the mountain out along the southern lochs and back along the northside path. There are a couple of nice lochs on that stage too, but it was too windy by then so just three paddle stages over 23 mi...
by Chris S
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: West Coast Packrafting - Scotland
Replies: 1
Views: 2228

Re: West Coast Packrafting - Scotland

Just found and read it Dave. Congrats on pulling off a fantastic trip. Your route (or variations of it) is about as good as it gets up here.
I wouldn't worry about river water levels for much longer. Summer's over up here - or should I say, back to normal ;-)

C
by Chris S
Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

In praise of Slackrafts

Good on you, JB. I'll check out the Fish hunter 250. Great name! As you may know my mate in Au was not so impressed with his Bestway PT and left it with some kids at Fitzroy bridge. http://youtu.be/l529Qqyxks4 But it got him there with a few repairs. But since I wrote that I've got more into what I ...
by Chris S
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Spring Escalante - Request for Partners
Replies: 31
Views: 13062

Re: Spring Escalante - Request for Partners

Looks like this guy could have used a partner or a packraft. Even in June it was too hot down there.
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Ma ... 706461.php
by Chris S
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Scotland route ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 3072

Re: Scotland route ideas

IMO with packraft and feet there nowhere you cant go in Scotland. Just look at a map, the lines of the lochs and string it all together. I've not tried it, but my feeling is that the extra ~13kg of a bike on the boat complicates things unless you've designed a route specifically for a bike and are d...
by Chris S
Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Loch Shiel and Loch Morar - highland sumertime packrafting
Replies: 4
Views: 5156

Re: Loch Shiel and Loch Morar - highland sumertime packrafti

Nice presentation Nik - and a great looking route. I wondered what happened to your plan.
Look forward to reading it over Xmas.

Chris
by Chris S
Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packrafting in France
Replies: 6
Views: 5752

Re: Packrafting in France

If you live in the Ardeche bastien, then I think you're very close to the best of it. Ardeche of course, (we did it last summer from Les Vans on the Chassezac to St Martin). When I think of all the classic rivers I've done in the Massif over the years with my IKs, I'd love to go back with the Alpack...
by Chris S
Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 123080

Fitzroy river, NW Australia

Four vids from our week on the Fitzroy in the Kimberley - September, 2011.

Chris







by Chris S
Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:46 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Fitzroy River (Kimberley)
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Fitzroy River (Kimberley)

We just got back from a fun 6 days and about 130km on the Fitzroy River in northern WA, from the Leopold Ranges down to the highway. With a few repairs my mate managed to nurse his $30 pool toy the whole way, but was thrilled to give it away to some local kids at the bridge. My Yak took the beating ...
by Chris S
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

Re: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au

Thanks Steve, looks like he's in a pool toy then unless he's prepared to spend or improvise.
An Alpacka really does tick all the boxes; like my Intex mate, he'll see the light in the end...
I saw your NSW vid already somewhere. Looks like a perfect packrafting river.

Chris
by Chris S
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

Re: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au

Thanks for ideas. I mentioned Flyweight to him yesterday but he's on the way to Au and those boats are only in US, AFAIK. I had another look at the Flytepacker but it looked pretty basic while being 10 inches wider than a Yak, if I interpret the specs correctly. Me, I'd rather haul the extra kilo of...
by Chris S
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au
Replies: 12
Views: 12135

Suggestions for Alpacka alternative in Au

A mate is joining me for a trip with my Yak in WA but’s doesn’t want/can't afford to commit to an Alpacka. Anyone have any ideas down there for a viable alternative packboat for a one-week trip through the bush? Flat water, half walking, carrying food for a week so needs to be quite light. I recentl...
by Chris S
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: South America
Topic: The Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 7254

Walking the Amazon on UK TV

http://www.channel5.com/shows/walking-the-amazon
They love that packraft shot! - but probably only viewable in the UK

Ch
by Chris S
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)
Replies: 4
Views: 5598

Re: Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)

Thanks Nik and Dave. Just back from Suilven again. What an amazing mountain. We cycled in, climbed up one side, down the other, then paddled Loch Fion 2 miles into River Kirkaig for the footpath back to the car. 2-up 160kg in a 3-kilo boat - not bad! I've splashed about in the sea but I'm quite scar...
by Chris S
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)
Replies: 4
Views: 5598

Packraft to Suilven mountain (far NW Scotland)

Nice job David H, would love to pack Rannoch Moor one day.
Here's my recent contribution to packrafting in Scotland - first proper trip in my new Yak. What a great way they are of exploring up here.

Chris S
by Chris S
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 17440

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

I see the BayLee 1 now comes with a self-bailing floor option, but at a price. http://feathercraft.com/inflatables/baylee-1.php Would that work better than a skirt in gnarly water - less buoyant but more stable? Not that I paddle that sort of stuff, just curious. A bit less rounded too they say, tho...
by Chris S
Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Which durable lightweight drybag
Replies: 1
Views: 2369

Watershed UDB

Hi G, I don’t know the bags you mention but I’ve just got back from an overnighter packing my Watershed UDB. Mentioned it here before somewhere, but now I like it more than ever. It’s a plain 96-litre holdall made from a tough, stiff fabric heat welded and with a drysuit-style zip + basic rucksack s...
by Chris S
Wed May 25, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Utah & Nevada
Topic: Escalante Trip Report
Replies: 2
Views: 2708

Re: Escalante Trip Report

Congrats on knocking it out solo! I was about to ask here if anyone went there in the end. Great pics - the 'snakeskin' reflections are cool. Like you say it's great when you catch your breath and it dawns on you you're not necessarily going to die and you won't have to cut your arm off ;-) I was th...
by Chris S
Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 9509

Re: Ideal for beginners?

I don't blame you for hesitating before splashing out on an Alpacka or similar. You may think this is a joke but if you've never paddled before and want to try out packboating I'd consider buying something like an Intex Sea Hawk PVC raft which is currently no less that 31 quid on amazon. It's a chea...
by Chris S
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: Looking for decked Yak or Llama
Replies: 2
Views: 1136

Re: Looking for decked Yak or Llama

Hi, I'm selling my green, decked 2010 Llama with extra flooring - see my profile link for more on the boat.
I'm in the UK and take it you're in the US but I'm in AZ next week so could post it from there.
Asking £500 ($800, €570).
by Chris S
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any taller boaters use a Yak?
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

Re: Any taller boaters use a Yak?

I'm picking up a new-shape Yak next week having owned a Llama for a year or so (it's for sale, btw). I am 6 1 but 95kg and wouldn't tackle Class IV. After making various measurements I bought the DL over the Yak last year as I'd never seen an Alpacka and assumed I'd need extra buoyancy for touring l...
by Chris S
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Spring Escalante - Request for Partners
Replies: 31
Views: 13062

Re: Spring Escalante - Request for Partners

I'm also planning to pack the Escalante this April but just got this from Escalante Interagency Visitor Center: "Sorry for this delayed response.....In short, yes, you show up at our visitor center, there is no fee or limit to permit given out, so just stop in and pick it up. FYI we do not have much...
by Chris S
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!
Replies: 26
Views: 41093

Re: New stuff for 2011 from Alpacka!

Yes, I was puzzling over that. AFAICT there's more bow too. All up a Llama is half a metre longer; now 2.4m, was 1.89m according to some online specs. The width and internal dims are the same I believe. And no more flopping down seat back as you hop back in! There are two roughly similar pics - old ...
by Chris S
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 1712

Re: Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Congrats on doing that run John. I've never seen Loch Laidon looking so smooth. I tried the same but in the other direction in early Dec - from off the WHW down to Ba and towards Rannoch stn, but it was a tundra. We were up there again yesterday (only walking WHW to Kingshouse) and this time I could...
by Chris S
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs
Replies: 21
Views: 17086

Re: Packs

After doing a few days with my regular 65LTNF backpack plus a mass of roll-top 'dry' bags, I got myself a Watershed UDB. It's a plain 90+ litre submersible seam-welded duffle with a dry suit zip and a basic backpacking harness (and even a purge valve). Lacking a frame, you carry it all on your shoul...
by Chris S
Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:28 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Anyone used the Windpaddle with a packraft?
Replies: 4
Views: 2815

Re: Anyone used the Windpaddle with a packraft?

Hi Kevin (just ordered your vid, as it happens). Looks like a great idea to me for the reasons you mention and surprised no one seems keen on them here. I've just made myself a WindPaddle-like sail (see my sig) from an old tent after trying an umbrella which I saw mentioned on another forum. Hope to...
by Chris S
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Crossing Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 2401

Re: Crossing Scotland

Nice vid Damien. It looks like you took the north pass over from Morar. How did the Dessarry river look? I was back there on the weekend on the south side (Pean) which this time was high enough to run into Loch Arkaig. I can see why people talk about thigh straps.. Did you not paddle down to the sea...
by Chris S
Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:26 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: underfloor protection

Thanks, it's good to get a response direct from the manufacturer and a warranty replacement offer. But right now, like AK lanche and not being in the US anyway, I don't want to risk losing the seat with my first big trip lined up end of the month. As a back up I may get something like an Exped pillo...
by Chris S
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: underfloor protection

Thanks for your replies; I'll leave the floor as it is then until it wears out more. On a similar matter, the seam on my seat base burst inside the 'U'' while bashing slowly through low water rocks. The boat only has about 15+20 hours on it and I weigh 95kg/210 lbs. I did have it fully pumped up whi...
by Chris S
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:14 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

underfloor protection

Hi all, just getting into my new Llama. I'm heavy and the rivers here are shallow so after a few butt and heel whacks, I wonder if it's a common mod to glue a patch of floor material underneath to protect these high abrasion areas? I notice RD's post below talks about wearing holes with his heels. I...