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by Kirkinbend
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Throw Bag - half the price of NRS, and lighter
Replies: 1
Views: 756

Re: Throw Bag - half the price of NRS, and lighter

LIghter is not always better or functional, I personally would not want to be on the receiving end of a 1/4" rope in moving water and try and hold it or try and use it in a actual rescue situation, but it is super light and tiny.
by Kirkinbend
Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Drysuit wear from Alpacka Whitewater Skirt
Replies: 6
Views: 2518

Re: Drysuit wear from Alpacka Whitewater Skirt

You could try to teach yourself to paddle without hitting the raft with your arm. There is really no reason to be dragging your arm down the tube, inefficient and destroys gear. Try lifting your paddle up and be more vertical with the shaft while paddling, much more powerful, better control and you ...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Class IV/V boat?
Replies: 9
Views: 3863

Re: Class IV/V boat?

Good luck getting any more info, I have emailed they with a list of technical questions, simple questions like what is the denier of the fabric, none of which got answered. Sounds like they still have not even decided what spray skirt to go with. I was told that they would update the website to answ...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Thigh strap/backband integration
Replies: 3
Views: 2487

Re: Thigh strap/backband integration

Just be careful with that set up, as there is not much to keep the thigh straps tight or snug to the boat (except the bungee behind seat) when you exit the boat so it could becomes a little bit of a entrapment issue. Just a thought.
by Kirkinbend
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Climbing Helmet
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Re: Climbing Helmet

Hey Jeff, I`d say get a real "whitewater helmet" if you are going to be paddling whitewater, climbing and bike helmets are not designed to take multiple hits and are also not designed to take side hits, or hits from the back. There suspension system is also not designed to keep the helmet on your he...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Noobie paddle length question
Replies: 3
Views: 2276

Re: Noobie paddle length question

Hey Brandon, If you contact David Collins, Lendal North America they can hook you up, may be a special order of sorts as not to many people get breakdown bent shaft paddles but they will make them in a 2 or 4 piece bent-shaft breakdown (add $100 to regular price for 4 piece) and Werner will do a 2 p...
by Kirkinbend
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Noobie paddle length question
Replies: 3
Views: 2276

Re: Noobie paddle length question

I do not think a 197 is too short at all. I use both a 189 and a 191 for a play-boat paddle and have used my 189 and 191 for my packraft and it worked just fine before deciding on a length for a breakdown to use. I now use a 197 Werner powerhouse 4 piece, which I think is a little long after using i...
by Kirkinbend
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New boat, some questions and thoughts.
Replies: 4
Views: 1591

Re: New boat, some questions and thoughts.

Yep from Oregon, grew up Eugene area but now in Bend.
Kirk
by Kirkinbend
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New boat, some questions and thoughts.
Replies: 4
Views: 1591

Re: New boat, some questions and thoughts.

Order some PVC tube material from Cascade Outfitters, either sew on a new longer tab to the seat or have a piece with two rows of holes above and below. The first lower row threads to the seat connecting the front tab to the back tab, the upper row now can be threaded to the ones on the boat. Or the...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NEW - " The River Guide" site
Replies: 0
Views: 686

NEW - " The River Guide" site

A new site that just came out worth checking out. The River Guide http://www.theriverguide.net/index.php Both written and video descriptions are submitted by boaters, anyone can add a river and that is the way it works, anything from class I to gnarly V+ runs. Small start with mostly rivers in Norwa...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: d-rings
Replies: 2
Views: 1821

Re: d-rings

There are lots out there just search "1" pvc d-ring patch" in any search engine http://www.nrs.com/product/1468/aire-1-pvc-d-ring-patch?utm_campaign=shop_comp&utm_source=google&utm_medium=buy_now&utm_term=goog_product_1468&gclid=CNyDy4u__LsCFcSBfgod5H4A4w http://www.aquamarineboat.com/index.php?mode...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Industrial Velcro
Replies: 1
Views: 1544

Re: Industrial Velcro

You will have to sand the area and prep with MEK.... and you will have to paint over the glue that comes on the velcro with some real glue made for PVC (Clifton or Staybond work well with several cotes and let dry in between). Or better yet the correct method is to sew the velcro to some PVC fabric ...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Seat Modifications
Replies: 4
Views: 1840

Seat Modifications

I have been playing around with a different seat set up that is more like a kayak and I now have a whole new set up, one piece foam seat, inflatable under-seat to protect the floor, molded hip pads that attache directly to the boat, foam bulkhead and two different foam floor set ups. Although not de...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 4185

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

Hey Jeremy, Actually I now have a whole new set up, one piece foam seat with a inflatable under-seat, molded hip pads that attache directly to the boat (now the seat anymore), foam bulkhead and two different foam floor set ups. Although not designed for extended hiking (bulky) I feel a lot safer abo...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 4185

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

Yes that one in the picture is from the tote lid and your right it`s Rubbermaid tote lid not Tupperware.
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 4185

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

Here are a few pictures..... not the best sewing job, If I were to do it again I would probably glue instead of sewing it. Sewing mixed material, one slippery and one sticky did now work great with my machine but still work out only ugly by my standards. I still need to seam seal the stitching as I ...
by Kirkinbend
Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Kayak Spray Skirt?
Replies: 13
Views: 4185

Re: Kayak Spray Skirt?

If you smear seam seal the inside of the skirt rand ( old kayaker trick) the skirt will stay on much better (super sticky and hard to get it to blow off even with lifted knees) and install an implosion bar (also a kayaker trick) you will not get puddles. The seam seal trick works very good and the s...
by Kirkinbend
Thu May 30, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: getting Big Boats to fit
Replies: 7
Views: 5101

Re: getting Big Boats to fit

If your already buying closed cell foam for your feet why not buy a little more foam and just make your own backband, Far lighter than the Jackson backband, just as stable and quite a bit cheaper. Here are a few picture links of a early version I made last year out of a piece of scrap foam. I have s...
by Kirkinbend
Thu May 23, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Feathercraft seat back
Replies: 2
Views: 2380

Re: Feathercraft seat back

Ace hardware glue... No Aquaseal glue......... No Get some real glue for boat if you want them to stay glued. Stabond Adhesive (2 part glue) Clifton Urethane Adhesive (one part glue) Clifton Urethane Adhesive (two part glue-stronger) you will also need to clean/prep the surface Light grade sandpaper...
by Kirkinbend
Mon May 06, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fjord for White Water?
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

Re: Fjord for White Water?

I think the biggest difference you will find is in the bow rocker, or how much the bow lifts off the water. The Llama has 4" of lift and the Fjord has 0". The increased rocker will make paddling whitewater easier as the bow will not get pushed around side to side when you hit waves or holes and rock...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: why do I flip?
Replies: 3
Views: 2465

Re: why do I flip?

Hey flipper, Position-Angle-Speed-Edge Brad is right... its all about the lean. Even with the cargo fly and a big butt boat, if you are not crossing a eddy line properly your going to flip. Think about it as riding a bike, if your going really fast and just turn the handle bars really hard and do no...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Snickersnacking
Replies: 2
Views: 1070

Snickersnacking

Can someone please tell me what snickersnacking or snickersnack means. I have seen it written a few times and have no Idea what it refers to. I assume it refers to a move that other paddling crafts call something else (like calling a "eddy turn" a "pirouette" or am I wrong about that too?) and also ...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Alpacka Raft Cargo Fly
Replies: 17
Views: 11821

Re: The Alpacka Raft Cargo Fly

Hey John In regards to "Portaging" Personally I find it easier to portage my boat with the Cargo Fly and my gear inside opposed to having a bag on the front of the boat. I have been a hardshell kayaker for 20+ years so it is hard to break the habit of just picking up the boat and throwing it on my s...
by Kirkinbend
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Cargo fly
Replies: 8
Views: 4057

Re: DIY Cargo fly

Hey Jeremy, I personally would have liked to install my own Cargo Fly instead of shipping my boat back to Alpacka. I feel I would have even done a better job gluing it on, as it is I have already had to re-glue the edge where Alpacka did not get the glue all the way to the edge. I did this immediate...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rating Rivers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Re: Rating Rivers?

I know Roman wrote a book, thou I do not personally agree with his rating system,( but that is just my opinion). I respect Roman and all he has done for packrafting (years before I even knew what a packraft was), and I know a lot of people have used this book as a learning tool to get into the boati...
by Kirkinbend
Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rating Rivers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Rating Rivers?

Are people still using the antiquated system for rating rapids, such as calling a class III rapid a PR4 (or packraft class 4), and if so why does being in a packraft mean we rename everything just because it is a different floating craft (and don`t just say because its harder). Rafts, canoes, kayaks...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)
Replies: 4
Views: 2242

Re: Aluminium helmet to cook in ( again!)

Seriously..... its your head your trying to protect. Construction helmets are made for one thing only, a hit from above. The suspension system in the helmet is not designed for lateral hits so unless you just climbed a tree and fell out landing directly on top of your head this helmet is virtually u...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Lightweight PFD
Replies: 18
Views: 17134

Re: Lightweight PFD

Not sure what your intended use is but A life jacket is just that a "Life" jacket. If you are using it for flat-water (lake or flat river) a inflatable is just fine, but any moving water over low class II (now your back to flat-water) is ill advised in my opinion and in the opinion of most all peopl...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: lashing packrafts together for running bigwater?
Replies: 2
Views: 2865

Re: lashing packrafts together for running bigwater?

By "bigwater" I assume you mean big waves, big hydraulics, and big holes. Seems like a bad idea to me. To many fulcrum points which would make the paddling extremely difficult, maneuvering would be slow and anything from precise. I`v seen "bigwater" snap a aluminum frame on a full size raft in half,...
by Kirkinbend
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portland Oregon Alpacka Yak or Llama owners???
Replies: 6
Views: 1957

Re: Portland Oregon Alpacka Yak or Llama owners???

Hey So I`m not in Portland, but if you get to the Bend area for some reason send me a message. We have 2 Llama`s one with the cruiser spray deck and one with the whitewater deck and the river is across the street from our house If you want to test paddle this sized boat. We may send them in to Alpac...
by Kirkinbend
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Throwbags
Replies: 2
Views: 1333

Re: Throwbags

I just make my own. after all its just a bag with a rope and a piece of foam..... mine has 5/16 spectra line and is worn around the waist and the removable waist belt is 1" tubular webbing that doubles as a anchor/sling (ends are looped and bar tacked... 5000lbs breacking strength). Most people do n...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: NRS paragon pack?
Replies: 4
Views: 2593

Re: NRS paragon pack?

NRS paragon pack, It is a good idea and very economical in price but unless you are 7 feet tall do not get this pack. The torso set up is entirely too long with no adjustment, the straps for adjustment are just for looks if you inspect how it is actually made with the length of the backboard. If you...
by Kirkinbend
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY Alpacka Self-Bailer?
Replies: 3
Views: 2431

Re: DIY Alpacka Self-Bailer?

Self bailers do not work like that, a self bailing floor is inflatable to get it on top of the water and to shed the water off the top (because it floats) and through the holes. If you put a bunch of holes in your floor (because your floor is below the water line when floating) all you are going to ...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Partners & Logistics
Topic: Chetco River, OR
Replies: 7
Views: 2868

Re: Chetco River, OR

Been tentatively planning a trip down the Chetco and the Illinois rivers (as soon as my girlfriend gets a little better at boating, hopefully this next summer or late spring depending on water levels). Start on the Illinois River float down to below Green Wall, take out river left and hike over the ...
by Kirkinbend
Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Busted NRS patch
Replies: 8
Views: 2921

Re: Busted NRS patch

Hey Waluyo when you start your hunt for good glue to use on your packraft here are a few choices: Staybond, Clifton, Vinylbond. Aquaseal is not meant to be used for anything structural like a d-ring, it sticks to the fabric but does not molecularly bond the fabrics. Good for pinholes or small seam r...
by Kirkinbend
Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Busted NRS patch
Replies: 8
Views: 2921

Re: Busted NRS patch

I only own one Aire raft, it`s an IK with no d-rings on it, but I will say I have a few friends with Aire rafts and I have never seen a Aire d-ring fail on there`s or anyone else s boat. I went with a similar d-ring on my packraft to the NRS you had fail, probably the same manufacturer, different di...
by Kirkinbend
Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Busted NRS patch
Replies: 8
Views: 2921

Re: Busted NRS patch

If you can get away with it you may want to patch over the old d-ring with a new one, its not holding air and you may do more harm than good by trying to remove it if the bond is strong. I would not normally say patch over a patch but packraft rubber is not the strongest stuff ever made. You may jus...
by Kirkinbend
Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: sand vs glue
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: sand vs glue

The floor to tube seam also has the same temporary tape on the inside of the boat.
by Kirkinbend
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: sand vs glue
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: sand vs glue

There is a piece of double sided clear tape used to hold the skirt in place before it is welded down, (I`m assuming this is where your sand issue is) this does not have to be there, the skirt is welded down on the outside (black welded seam) and the tape is only used for temporary manufacturing purp...
by Kirkinbend
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Wyoming
Topic: Buffalo Fork River
Replies: 3
Views: 2072

Re: Buffalo Fork River

Steep enough for a helmet.
by Kirkinbend
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Packrafting Blog
Replies: 7
Views: 3931

Re: New Packrafting Blog

Hey Tom, I`m responding for Renee, couple of random questions for you. when were you planning on going, what section/sections were you planning on doing, what class of boater are you, and you said you wanted to mt. bike up and do a overnight on the river, were you going to drop a bike off or try and...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Staying in the seat with thigh straps
Replies: 3
Views: 3689

Re: Staying in the seat with thigh straps

I just made a backband like are used in hadrshell kayaks out of a piece of foam. Run a strap between your d-rings and through the foam and used a small piece of bungie rope/cord attached to the seat (floor) ran through the back-band and then to the original packraft backrest attachment point (up hig...
by Kirkinbend
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Packrafting Blog
Replies: 7
Views: 3931

Re: New Packrafting Blog

she left out the "s" after adventure...... it is adventureswithpackraft.blogspot.com I`ll let her know and maybe she can fix it.
by Kirkinbend
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Packrafting Blog
Replies: 7
Views: 3931

Re: New Packrafting Blog

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by Kirkinbend
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:27 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Roll with Aire thigh straps but skirt comes loose
Replies: 5
Views: 4407

Re: Roll with Aire thigh straps but skirt comes loose

I reply to the skirt coming loose..... are you using the suspenders on the skirt when rolling? You could be pulling the skirt loose when upside down if your thigh straps are not holding you down far enough to keep your butt from leaving the seat level, thus pulling the skirt loose. Try it without th...
by Kirkinbend
Fri May 04, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hand Paddles
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Hand Paddles

I`m new to packrafting, but not new to boating. I have been steep creeking class IV -V rivers for years (hard shell kayak) occasionally with hand paddles (just different and fun) but I have yet to see or hear about anyone hand paddling packrafts. It does seem to be a little bit more of a reach due t...
by Kirkinbend
Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tight cuff/neck dry suit
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Re: Tight cuff/neck dry suit

stretch it out over a bowl or something round bigger than your neck for a few days.....if still tight repeat, cutting is the last option because it will stretch out eventually, if it is cut it will or could leak down the road once it loosens up, and put some 303 on it to soften it up. 303 use it but...
by Kirkinbend
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Packrafting & kitesurfing
Replies: 3
Views: 4210

Re: Packrafting & kitesurfing

Could be interesting but not very practical for transportation. You could only use the kite in a strictly downwind scenario as you do not have any edge to tack or even turn with the raft. Launching the kite would be difficult.... when kitesurfing you are stationary & submerged in the water for launc...