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by androidmids
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Getting A Group Together for Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Getting A Group Together for Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky

I have a couple mountain bikes, a couple kokopelli rafts, a few inflatabke kayaks, a few Chinese and russian made packrafts as well. I'm usually in the same boat as you, taking friends out with me who don't have their own equipment. I'm hoping to get a annual adventure race going in our area as well...
by androidmids
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Biluta packraft
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Biluta packraft

So, my Biluta raft arrived. Its a Nylon/PVC raft instead of the more common USA TPU/Nylon rafts. Shape is a little more angular than the alpacka or kokopelli rafts. With a pointer bow and stern, moderate rocker. Comes with straps for the front as well as 4 tie down spots, a 6 inch inflatable seat, a...
by androidmids
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Newbie Finally Ventured Out
Replies: 1
Views: 1694

Re: Newbie Finally Ventured Out

Hi Where are you in VA? Were located in Russel County and have been doing A LOT (Weekly if not every other daily) packrafting and kayaking. Lots of flatwater, and lots of creeks and class 1 rivers as there isnt a lot of flow. All the Kokopelli rafts are compatible with their inflatable seat option w...
by androidmids
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Total east coast newbie. Life Goal- to packraft the S Fork. What steps should I take?
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Total east coast newbie. Life Goal- to packraft the S Fork. What steps should I take?

Hi: Just a quick followup I just bought this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Biluta-packraft-Gray-/143700789970 from the Russian packraft company Biluta. For less than $300 I couldnt pass it up lol. It gets here in about 5 more days and I'll put it through the paces. There is a grey version and a yellow ve...
by androidmids
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft for Trout Fishing
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Packraft for Trout Fishing

Hi: I would suggest the gnu from alpacka due to the new (pun intended) style seat they added. Not only does it make it waaay easier to paddle kayak or canoe style but the seating configuration puts you up high and makes it easier to fish. It is also a "tandem" so gives you plenty of room for gear. T...
by androidmids
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Getting A Group Together for Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Getting A Group Together for Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky

Hi: Anyone nearbye? Recently moved to Virginia (Russel County) and Im trying to form a group for the tri state area Tennessee/Virginia/Kentucky. There are some awesome alpine lakes that are only accessible overland, and quite a few class 1 and 2 rivers that are pretty sweet. Im hoping to get some in...
by androidmids
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Biluta packraft
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Biluta packraft

Has anyone had any experiences with Biluta Packrafts? I ordered one to check out as they are currently going for $225 each. and it should be here in 10 days or so. Couldnt find much on the web other than their facebook page which doesnt have to much to say https://www.facebook.com/BilutaRaft-packraf...
by androidmids
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kokopelli Recon
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Kokopelli Recon

yeah, the higher PSI makes for a stiffer craft and gives more control. I hear the aplackalypse does the same thing, but with smaller tubes and seems a bit more cramped. The recon has some pretty high end construction and according to the backstory, it was designed for military use. Looking at the bu...
by androidmids
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Southeast US
Replies: 3
Views: 3029

Re: Southeast US

Wife and I recently moved to Virgina. Weve been doing some bike rafting and packrafting in VA and TN and Kentucky. If your still active would love to get some south east companions for a small group in the region.
by androidmids
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Bikerafting the Shenandoah River, VA
Replies: 2
Views: 1963

Re: Bikerafting the Shenandoah River, VA

recently moved to VA, in the bristol area. Are you still enjoying the shenandoah? Im looking to start up a small packraft and bikeraft group in the area.
by androidmids
Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Whitewater Paddle Size: Kokopelli Nirvana
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Whitewater Paddle Size: Kokopelli Nirvana

your 'normal' size of kayak paddle will be fine. The "theory" is... Packrafts have larger sides than a kayak, so for long distance paddling in a packraft, (shallow or touring strokes) they say it would be easier with a slightly longer paddle to make it less strain to reach over the side of the chamb...
by androidmids
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kokopelli Recon
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Kokopelli Recon

The recon is heavy. About the same as an aire single person expedition or a sea eagle whitewater inflatable kayak. For its handling and performance, it is definitely heavy duty and feels rugged. My wife and I keep the recon for drive in stuff or if we are doing whitewater day hikes. For less weight ...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: newbe here
Replies: 6
Views: 2702

Re: newbe here

Just my 2 cents

If you do go with a spray deck, all the alpacka and kokopelli packrafts with spray decks are removable which means you basically get an open deck as well. Just don't use the deck when your on flat water.
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Richmond, Va Urban Packrafting
Replies: 2
Views: 2171

Re: Richmond, Va Urban Packrafting

cool

did you ever venture into the IIIs and IVs?

My wife and I have some newer folding mountain bikes and our packrafts, we wouldn't mind a paddling companion or two if we come over to the richmond area
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Southeast
Topic: South Carolina Packrafting:
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: South Carolina Packrafting:

Hi Send me a PM if your interested. Im in VA and have been doing small bike and pack rafting trips here in VA, and going into Kentucky, Tennessee with my wife and some friends. We are also getting a small packraft guide company started to do full micro adventures and introduce others to the joys of ...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Has anyone ever invented a tent specifically for an up turned raft
Replies: 1
Views: 1402

Re: Has anyone ever invented a tent specifically for an up turned raft

My wife and I have been experimenting with a DYI design we came up with. We have one that goes under the packraft and we can use the back of the raft or the inside of the raft as our mattress, I just designed one that uses a alps mountaineering 1 person tent as the starter and then gets modified to ...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Throwbags
Replies: 3
Views: 2295

Re: Throwbags

I buy these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YSZXFJL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Scots Throw Bag, 50 feet of line, $10-19 depending on when and where I buy them, works great, doesnt break the bank, and I can get enough of them to share with companions who don't show up with a...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Folding helmet
Replies: 1
Views: 1341

Re: Folding helmet

looks nifty, would be great for air travel.

Although I havnt had a problem fitting my existing helmet into the bottom of my pack and then stuffing stuff inside it lol.

The only issue I see with the morph is that its foam isnt marine grade and looks like it would act as a sponge.
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Newbie - Looking For People's Suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 1421

Re: Newbie - Looking For People's Suggestions

Kokopelli's XPD is rugged enough for almost any course, and their nirvanna self bailing or spray skirt model sounds like it would be a good fit for you. Though in all honesty... there isnt really "one" packraft to rule them all. Ultimate whitewater = alpackalypse Tandem (13lbs) = Kokopelli Twain Tan...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: First time packraft for one/two people?
Replies: 4
Views: 3346

Re: First time packraft for one/two people?

kokopelli twain for up to class II but it can fill with water as its not a self bailer. handles really nice though.
or the alpacka forager. works great although I prefer the racing gnu configuration. both the forager and the gny are based on alpackas oryx boat.
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: looking for advice with first packraft purchase.
Replies: 2
Views: 2064

Re: looking for advice with first packraft purchase.

so I would ask are you mostly going to be on flatwater? or whitewater? If your going flatwater, go for the non bailer. It'll stay dry, water wont get in at all unless it rains. If your going for the white water, you'll have waaaay more water inside the packraft with a non bailer as it literally FILL...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kokopelli Twain Set Up
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Kokopelli Twain Set Up

Hi Everyone: Just added the Kokopelli Twain to my packraft fleet and figured i'd post a review of the set up https://youtu.be/tmKDt_WvKp0 Specs are on their website https://kokopellipackraft.com/product/twain-2020/ Seems to take me about 8 minutes start to finish to set up and put in, and about 15 m...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Compact ultralight Life Jacket
Replies: 3
Views: 2742

Re: Compact ultralight Life Jacket

just an fyi, anywhere in europe your going to need a rated life jacket, in canada there are three certifications and it would need to have one or more of them to be legal, and in the USA it is required to have a coast guard approval class III or V. Most of the inflatable ones on aliexpress are reall...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Opinions on Kokopelli Rogue-Lite?
Replies: 1
Views: 1321

Re: Opinions on Kokopelli Rogue-Lite?

Tracks ok its really light slightly less rugged but you don't really notice as its well made Inflates in less than 60 seconds using my featherpump and then 2 or 3 puffs from the top up valve. Doesnt come with tizip so it can get cramped if you have gear. I honestly got mine just to get the half off ...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: carring a fully loaded t-zip boat
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Re: carring a fully loaded t-zip boat

After lots of trial and error, I settled on 3 methods. #1 for short portages. 10 feet, I added tiny little d-rings to each of the exterior nylon rings on the front and reay of my packraft, and then connected them all with bungies, which give me a great handle anywhere I need it. I found that if I ho...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft for alpine lakes (fly fishing)
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Packraft for alpine lakes (fly fishing)

for me, the scout was a little small. Im located in VA and most of the alpine lakes i've been in have rivers feeding or draining from them so I wanted something a little more kayak shaped. I opted for the kokopelli rogue lite. Had plenty of room for my gear, fishing was pretty easy and the tubes wer...
by androidmids
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Total east coast newbie. Life Goal- to packraft the S Fork. What steps should I take?
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Total east coast newbie. Life Goal- to packraft the S Fork. What steps should I take?

Hi Jason: Glad to have you on board. Packrafting and even bike rafting is fun and enjoyable and if you already love backpacking, you are absolutely going to love adding a packraft to the mix. Below are some personal answers to your questions based on my own experiences (I'm sure others will weigh in...